Tim Bevins has taken over the Executive Chef role for restaurants Rick’s Chophouse, Sauce on the Square and Grotto, located on the historic square in downtown McKinney, Texas.

The restaurants announced Bevins' role Wednesday in a news release.

Chef Bevins most recent experience was at Craft Dallas, where he worked under Chef Tom Colicchio. However, Bevins’ culinary roots stem back to his childhood, where he credits early lessons on how to grow, hunt and prepare food with forging his deep-seated love of cooking. Growing up in southeastern Kentucky, Bevins was tutored in preserving fruits, cooking with the seasons and the importance of utilizing everything the garden and farm has to offer. 

His work with chefs Chris Ward, George Brown, Marc Cassel and, most recently, Colicchio will bring great depth and culinary perspective in this new role.

“Tim will bring new innovation to the restaurants’ menus while maintaining our commitment to using great ingredients and remembering our roots,” said Rick Wells, co-owner of the restaurants. “Tim’s rich culinary experiences will allow us to maintain the food culture we’ve grown in McKinney and allow us to explore additional opportunities as well.”

Bevins' first move is the appointment of Andrea Rowland, a graduate of Southern Methodist University and also formerly of Craft Dallas. She will lead the culinary team at Sauce on the Square as chef de cuisine, an Italian home kitchen in the heart of downtown McKinney.

Rick’s Chophouse, 107 N. Kentucky St., serves lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, please call (214) 726-9251. For more information, visit RicksChophouse.com or Facebook.com/RicksChophouse.

Sauce is located at 112 E. Louisiana St. and is open for lunch and dinner on Monday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and on until midnight on Friday and Saturday. For reservations, please call (214) 726-0251.  For more information, visit Sauceonthesquare.com or Facebook.com/SauceontheSquare.

Grotto serves up classic rock and roll as well as a full dinner and cocktail menu Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight. Visit grottolive.com or facebook.com/grottolive.