Acclaimed Chef, Callie Speer opened Holy Roller, her all-day diner in downtown Austin in July of 2017. Creating a place where she, herself, would want to hang out, the space incorporates the spirit of punk rock with a hint of religious kitsch. This pretension-free restaurant is also the first venue for her to express the savory side of her considerable culinary talents and provides an avenue for all of her “little weird ideas” to come alive in once place.
Holy Roller’s brunch-centric menu not only allows Speer to play without rules putting out dishes that are at once both nostalgic yet whimsical, but also work alongside her partner in crime, Britt Castro. Castro leads the charge on Holy Roller’s delicious and inventive pastry program putting out dishes such as the choco taco, for which the restaurant has become known. As noted by Austin American Statesman’s restaurant critic, Matthew Odam “the carefully crafted food and rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere aren’t the only things that make Holy Roller stand out in the Austin dining scene: The restaurant is run by an all-female management team.” That team of industry veterans include General Manager Dori Moreno-Korn, Lead Line Daniel Gaspar, Lead Pastry Katie Grimmer, and Bar Manager Hosanna Payne who not only amplify Speer’s special brand of boss lady swagger, but bring high-level creativity and hospitality know-how, to round out Holy Roller’s dining experience.
Since opening in July 2017, Holy Roller and Chef Speer have received numerous accolades and recognition including a spot as one of Austin Monthly’s Best Restaurants, as well as rave reviews from the Austin Chronicle and Austin American Statesman. Named “Eater Chef of the Year” in 2017, Speer was also a 2013 Food & Wine Magazine “People’s Best New Pastry Chef” nominee and a 2015 Culturemap “Pastry Chef of the Year” award-winner. Both Speer and Holy Roller are up for Best Chef and Best Restaurant awards, respectively, at the 2019 Culturemap Tastemaker Awards. Prior to opening Holy Roller Speer helped craft the pastry and bread programs for some of Austin’s most lauded dining destinations including Hotel Van Zandt (Geraldine’s and Café 605), Parkside, Jeffrey’s, and Chameleon Group’s Swift’s Attic, Delish Bakery and Wu Chow restaurant.