The Grey Market Savannah’s soul mate fuels Austin with a hearty breakfast, a fast lunch, afternoon libations or Grab ‘n’ Go provisions for everything from a picnic lunch, to dinner for a crowd, all in a fun, casual environment.
The Grey Market has wide-open arms ready to welcome Austinites! Our hospitality starts with our star team of leaders.
Located right downtown, on the ground level of the brand-new Thompson and Tommie Hotels, the restaurants have a foundation in the Port-City Southern food embraced by their sister restaurant, The Grey, in Savannah.
Grey Spaces proudly advocates for fair wages, provides a meaningful benefits package for full-time employees and well as educational resources to help our team continuously grow.
The Diner Bar is looking for GM’s, Assistant Managers, Wine and Beverage Professionals, Sous Chefs, Pastry Chefs, Bakers, Cooks, Servers, Bartenders, Oyster Shuckers, Dishwashers and Porters…and bottle washers too, if you are out there!! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bonded by a common viewpoint on what makes for delicious food, Johno Morisano and Chef Mashama Bailey partnered to build The Grey in Historic Downtown Savannah.
EXECUTIVE CHEF and PARTNER
Mon – Sun
8am – 6pm
501 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 70701
Johno Morisano is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Grey Spaces, a group of restaurants and lifestyle and product offerings, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. Morisano transitioned into restaurants in 2014 after a career in business when he, along with Co-founder and business partner Mashama Bailey, opened The Grey restaurant and, later, The Grey Market. At Grey Spaces, Johno oversees guest experience, business growth and strategy.
After attending Pace University, Johno, a CPA, joined Price Waterhouse in its entertainment and media practice. After PW he then dove into the world of startups and turnarounds, spending the next twenty-five years working across the entertainment, media, technology and art landscapes in a variety of capacities—from operator to investor to business and creative advisor.
Morisano has been actively engaged in philanthropy and not-for profit causes supporting a variety of organizations throughout much of his adult life. He has served as a governor and officer of the National Arts Club and United Nations Women. He currently sits on the boards of the Edna Lewis Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving its namesake’s legacy in southern and American foodways.
Together with Mashama, he co-wrote Black, White and The Grey (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House), which explores the business partners’ challenges navigating race, class and culture while building businesses, relationships and community in the South.
Mashama Bailey is the award-winning Executive Chef and co-founder of Grey Spaces, a group of restaurants, lifestyle and product offerings, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. Together with Co-Founder and business partner Johno Morisano, she opened the critically acclaimed restaurant, The Grey, for which she was awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Southeast award, followed by its all-day counterpart The Grey Market.
Born in the Bronx, raised in Queens, and with maternal roots from Waynesboro, GA, Mashama attended grammar school in Savannah and first learned to cook at the hands of the women in her family – with grandmothers, aunts, and her mother. Her formal education includes the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City and LaVarenne in Burgundy, France.
Prior to The Grey, Mashama’s career includes a dozen years cooking throughout New York City, the last four of which were at Prune on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, under the tutelage of Gabrielle Hamilton. In 2019 and with the premier of Netflix’s Chef’s Table Season 6, Mashama became the first African American chef to star on that show.
Together with Johno, she co-wrote Black, White and The Grey (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House), which explores the business partners’ challenges navigating race, class and culture while building businesses, relationships, and community in the South.
Mashama is the Chairwoman of the Edna Lewis Foundation, whose mission is to honor and extend the legacy of Edna Lewis by creating opportunities for African Americans in the fields of cooking, agriculture, food studies, and storytelling.