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Located on Congress Avenue just a block down from The Austonian luxury condominiums, Counter 3. Five. VII. is an unconventional new restaurant that offers a fresh take on the dining experience. Slated to open this fall, the restaurant features a counter-only seating model to offer diners and the chefs behind their meals a chance to closely interact with one another.This intimate wine and charcuterie bar brings another new high-end restaurant to downtown Austin’s growing collection, joining The Austonian’s own Congress and many others.
Chef Eric Earthman, a longtime Austinite and the owner and operator of the new restaurant, calls the experience “front row dining.” After becoming disillusioned with the corporate grind at the previous restaurants at which he worked, Earthman hopes that this concept will promote the kind of chef/guest interaction that he missed. And at Counter 3. Five. VII, he hopes to leave room for artistry by allowing his chefs have more control in the whole operation.
Counter 3. Five. VII. is tasting-menu only, with different options for three, five, or seven course meals, from which the unusual name is inspired. No official opening date has been set, but Austin foodies should expect to be able to try this new dining experience within walking distance from The Austonian later this fall or winter.
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