About Us

Kaye Robinson Callaway - Owner Kaye’s family ties to Bosque County go back over 150 years. Growing up in cities she came to visit her grandparents farm, and after living here for 30 years she now calls it “home”. Raising her girls down a dirt road, feeding calves and chickens, shooting rattlesnakes and dove, fishing and swimming in their tanks, Kaye learned about and began loving both the land and Clifton’s small town community. In the last ten years, she became an entrepreneur with interesting ideas to create businesses that restore and benefit the historic downtown area. In 2010, she bought an old gas station on Main Street, remodeled it, and started the town’s fine dining restaurant, Mitchell’s Grille in 2011. Then she bought one of the rock wall connected buildings in the middle of Main Street, remodeled it, and turned it into a classic store, artistic studio with two second-story loft apartments. During 2013, she bought Clifton’s old jail and turned it into The Cell Block, a luxurious tiny hotel. The town allowed her to begin beautifying the alley, getting artists to share their ability of art so it can be seen 24-hours-a-day. Now she is updating her successful restaurant and bringing back the buildings original name: Sinclair. Her new partners are creating truly seasonal farm-to-table food, sourcing as much as possible from local farms around Clifton.

Kaye Robinson Callaway - Owner

Kaye’s family ties to Bosque County go back over 150 years. Growing up in cities she came to visit her grandparents farm, and after living here for 30 years she now calls it “home”.

Raising her girls down a dirt road, feeding calves and chickens, shooting rattlesnakes and dove, fishing and swimming in their tanks, Kaye learned about and began loving both the land and Clifton’s small town community.

In the last ten years, she became an entrepreneur with interesting ideas to create businesses that restore and benefit the historic downtown area. In 2010, she bought an old gas station on Main Street, remodeled it, and started the town’s fine dining restaurant, Mitchell’s Grille in 2011. Then she bought one of the rock wall connected buildings in the middle of Main Street, remodeled it, and turned it into a classic store, artistic studio with two second-story loft apartments. During 2013, she bought Clifton’s old jail and turned it into The Cell Block, a luxurious tiny hotel. The town allowed her to begin beautifying the alley, getting artists to share their ability of art so it can be seen 24-hours-a-day.

Now she is updating her successful restaurant and bringing back the buildings original name: Sinclair. Her new partners are creating truly seasonal farm-to-table food, sourcing as much as possible from local farms around Clifton.

Sonya Cote - Owner/Executive Chef Named one of The Daily Meal's “Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America” Chef Sonya Coté has long been a staple of the Austin food scene. For years, she has brought some of the most exciting dining experiences to the Capitol City and now she is bringing it to Clifton, Texas. Sonya spent most of her childhood on a hippie commune in Iowa, ran away from home at 15 to be a painter and worked as an illustrator and then marketing director at Whole Foods. After that, it was all about cooking. Known for her farm to table restaurants Hillside Farmacy and Eden East, Sonya was looking to expand her empire outside of Austin and it made sense to team up with the Callaways on their newest venture.

Sonya Cote - Owner/Executive Chef

Named one of The Daily Meal's “Top 10 Badass Women Chefs in America” Chef Sonya Coté has long been a staple of the Austin food scene. For years, she has brought some of the most exciting dining experiences to the Capitol City and now she is bringing it to Clifton, Texas. Sonya spent most of her childhood on a hippie commune in Iowa, ran away from home at 15 to be a painter and worked as an illustrator and then marketing director at Whole Foods. After that, it was all about cooking. Known for her farm to table restaurants Hillside Farmacy and Eden East, Sonya was looking to expand her empire outside of Austin and it made sense to team up with the Callaways on their newest venture.

Curtis W. Callaway - Owner Photographer, explorer and environmental journalist, Curtis has traveled the world for the last 27 years working both above and below the water. When exploring new places he insist on a trip to the local market. "The smells, colors and textures surrounding happy smiling faces, food is an international language that all cultures can appreciate".  His real passion for food started in college while working on fishing boats off the coast of Santa Barbara and frequenting the local sushi bar Azuma long before sushi was trendy. This is where he learned to appreciate food in its raw form. He has been a foodie since then and now Curtis and Kaye share the same passions for food and travel, spending quality time in the kitchen at home reminising or planning the next trip to some far away place.

Curtis W. Callaway - Owner

Photographer, explorer and environmental journalist, Curtis has traveled the world for the last 27 years working both above and below the water. When exploring new places he insist on a trip to the local market. "The smells, colors and textures surrounding happy smiling faces, food is an international language that all cultures can appreciate".  His real passion for food started in college while working on fishing boats off the coast of Santa Barbara and frequenting the local sushi bar Azuma long before sushi was trendy. This is where he learned to appreciate food in its raw form. He has been a foodie since then and now Curtis and Kaye share the same passions for food and travel, spending quality time in the kitchen at home reminising or planning the next trip to some far away place.

 
Brian hardin - Manager/sommelier Brian started his restaurant career in Waco, Texas at the famed Northwood Inn in 1988. It was there that he realized that he had a passion for great food and wine while also honing his people skills. After four years at the Northwood Inn, he moved to Dallas and went into management and later as a wine director at Lombardi’s, La Petite Maison, and the highly regarded modern French restaurant Voltaire where he headed up a staff of fifty as the General Manager and a wine program that was second to none in the State of Texas with over 1560 different wines on the list. In 2002, he moved to Toronto Canada to open, and head up the wine program of the Buffalo Chophouse in Buffalo, New York and The Lord Nelson Steakhouse in Burlington, Ontario. Three of the wine lists that he created received “Award of Excellence” and Voltaire received “The Best of Award of Excellence” by The Wine Spectator. The last two and half years he was the head sommelier at Chef Tim Love's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Fort Worth stock yards. Brian looks forward to creating a great dining experience with great food, wine, and genuine hospitality here at Sinclair. As a proud citizen of Bosque County, Brian is excited for this opportunity to be a part of something great just 12 miles from his home town of Meridian.

Brian hardin - Manager/sommelier

Brian started his restaurant career in Waco, Texas at the famed Northwood Inn in 1988. It was there that he realized that he had a passion for great food and wine while also honing his people skills. After four years at the Northwood Inn, he moved to Dallas and went into management and later as a wine director at Lombardi’s, La Petite Maison, and the highly regarded modern French restaurant Voltaire where he headed up a staff of fifty as the General Manager and a wine program that was second to none in the State of Texas with over 1560 different wines on the list.

In 2002, he moved to Toronto Canada to open, and head up the wine program of the Buffalo Chophouse in Buffalo, New York and The Lord Nelson Steakhouse in Burlington, Ontario. Three of the wine lists that he created received “Award of Excellence” and Voltaire received “The Best of Award of Excellence” by The Wine Spectator. The last two and half years he was the head sommelier at Chef Tim Love's Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Fort Worth stock yards.

Brian looks forward to creating a great dining experience with great food, wine, and genuine hospitality here at Sinclair. As a proud citizen of Bosque County, Brian is excited for this opportunity to be a part of something great just 12 miles from his home town of Meridian.

 
(Zippy) melissa mckenzie - Head Chef Melissa has been living in Austin for the past 10 years, several of those working alongside Sony Coté as her Chef De Cuisine for Coté Catering and Eden East. Her career began in high school when she starting cooking cheesesteaks in a small shop outside of Philadelphia where she grew up.  Her love of food blossomed, but decided to go to photography school once she graduated from Pennsbury High. Melissa worked as a photographer for a few years, but the calling for the culinary world was still strong so she left the photography business to pursue her love of food. From early on Melissa knew she enjoyed creating food to please her friends and family and began her journey to becoming the chef she is today. Her chef mentor Jon Gaboric formerly of Sobani who now runs several restaurants in Dubai, dubbed her “Zippy”, the busy bee of the kitchen. The name stuck and if you meet her she will gladly tell you “ just call me Zippy”. After moving to Austin she became involved with the farm to table movement educating people about seasonal, sustainable food and it has become her passion to spread the word and bring this movement to the special town of Clifton. Melissa looks forward to getting to know the people and she hopes to become a beacon for farm to table food, delivering the fresh and beautiful vegetables in approachable dishes from our local farmers and ranchers.

(Zippy) melissa mckenzie - Head Chef

Melissa has been living in Austin for the past 10 years, several of those working alongside Sony Coté as her Chef De Cuisine for Coté Catering and Eden East. Her career began in high school when she starting cooking cheesesteaks in a small shop outside of Philadelphia where she grew up.  Her love of food blossomed, but decided to go to photography school once she graduated from Pennsbury High. Melissa worked as a photographer for a few years, but the calling for the culinary world was still strong so she left the photography business to pursue her love of food. From early on Melissa knew she enjoyed creating food to please her friends and family and began her journey to becoming the chef she is today. Her chef mentor Jon Gaboric formerly of Sobani who now runs several restaurants in Dubai, dubbed her “Zippy”, the busy bee of the kitchen. The name stuck and if you meet her she will gladly tell you “ just call me Zippy”.

After moving to Austin she became involved with the farm to table movement educating people about seasonal, sustainable food and it has become her passion to spread the word and bring this movement to the special town of Clifton. Melissa looks forward to getting to know the people and she hopes to become a beacon for farm to table food, delivering the fresh and beautiful vegetables in approachable dishes from our local farmers and ranchers.