New Restaurants From Austin James Beard Semifinalists
Austin represented hardcore at yesterday’s James Beard Awards semifinalists announcement. Philip Speer (Uchi, Uchiko) was nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef, and both Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine, Odd Duck) and David Bull (Congress, Second Bar and Kitchen) were nominated for Best Chef in the Southwest region. With such fantastic restaurants under their belt, we can see why they’re reaping the rewards. But like any creative person, all three of them are working on new projects. Here's what to look forward to.
Star in Charge: Philip Speer
What it is: A casual neighborhood restaurant
Where: Sunset Valley
On the Menu: Pizzas, sandwiches, seasonal shared plates and baked goods for dine-in or takeout
When it Will Open: Summer 2014
What to Know: The restaurant is named for the patron saint of pastry chefs and bakers - not Philip Speer
Star in Charge: Bryce Gilmore
What it is: A casual but still upscale small plates restaurant with a farm-to-table bent
Where: South Lamar
On the Menu: Lunch options like sandwiches and tacos as well as dinner plates like grilled quail and a chicken-fried chicken egg
When it Will Open: Congrats to Gilmore, because this locale is already open! The brand-new place was christened in December.
What to Know: Gilmore’s first eatery was also called Odd Duck and was a trailer in approximately the same location on South Lamar. Things have come full circle for him.
Star in Charge: David Bull
What it is: A four-story restaurant that features an observation deck on the fourth floor, a more-intimate setting underground, three kitchens (including a wood-firing grill) and a bar on every floor
Where: The Seaholm development in East Austin
On the Menu: Wood-fired proteins, pizzas and more, plus upscale dining on the bottom level
When it Will Open: By the end of 2014
What to Know: In addition to this project, La Corsha Hospitality Group has a few other tricks up its sleeve. First up, the new bar Wonderland on East Sixth Street.