Being brought up on a family-owned ranch in Alice, TX, was no easy task for Trevor Lane, the manager and one of the owners of Porter Gastropub. He learned the true meaning of hard work, where he was taught how to raise cattle, farm and hunt. Although his father wanted him to manage the family ranch, Lane found a deeply rooted interest in the culinary and hospitality world. He admired the liveliness of restaurants that he dined at and was inspired by his grandfather, who had built and managed hotels. In this moment, Lane decided to shift his focus to a path of food, beverage and hospitality.
Lane attended Texas Tech University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management. Lane began bartending at The Embassy Suites in Lubbock, TX, and realized the hospitality industry was where his passion lied. At an internship at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, he acted as a server at Firewheel Café. He eventually graduated from intern and went on to manage every restaurant at the Hyatt in the span of five years. During his time at the Hyatt he was recognized as “Manager of the Quarter” and received a “Service Excellence Award.” Lane found himself thoroughly enjoying the managerial aspect of restaurants: observing the importance of employee roles, gauging the appropriate atmosphere including noise level and lighting, and ensuring customer satisfaction. He decided to infuse this passion further into his career path by opening Porter Gastropub, alongside fellow owners, close friends and former colleagues of the Hyatt, Joe Bixel and Neil Joiner.
Lane’s mentors include his mother and brother, who were always very supportive of his decisions. He finds comfort in his friends, who would describe him as easy-going and loyal, as well as both a seeker and giver of advice.
When not finalizing operational plans at Porter, Lane enjoys trying out restaurants, engaging in the food culture and letting the servers order for him. He is also a home brewer, and when moments of freedom arise, Lane likes to work out, ride his bike around town and chart the Greenbelt. His desert island choice of food and drink are Brussels sprouts and the classic Negroni, which will indeed be on the Porter menu. Lane believes Austin has got it all; everything from the lakes, nightlife, people, cost of living and, of course, the food.