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Driskill Grill developers opening 2 Austonian eateries
Austin Business Journal
The partnership behind The Driskill Hotel restoration and Driskill Grill have planned two restaurants for the downtown Austonian luxury high rise.
The 178-unit luxury condominium building - which claims to be the tallest residential building in the Western U.S. - opens in June and the two new eateries are expected to open this fall.
The La Corsha Restaurant Partners is leading the new restaurants, reuniting Driskill developers Jeff Trigger, David Bull, Scott Walker and Jeff Rhein.
"These new restaurants will act as a double anchor and bring new vitality to two directions of a key intersection at Second and Congress," said Danny Roth, principal with Southwest Strategies Group, which represented the restaurants' owners. "It also shows how local concepts can step up and play a vital role in emerging projects in Austin."
The team is planning two distinct concepts for the building's ground floor, called the Congress and the Second at Congress. The Congress, which faces Congress Avenue, is described as "cutting-edge, chef-driven cuisine featuring ultra-premium seasonal ingredients," while the second street restaurant will be more "comfortable and inviting food and drink experience serving American regional cuisine."
Bull, which served as executive chef at the Driskill, will lead the kitchen for both new Austonian restaurants.
"Selection of local and regional restaurant talent was no coincidence," said David Mahn, vice president of Benchmark Development, developer of The Austonian. "Austin cuisine was put on the map by a small group of talented local chefs. We want to offer new, unique experiences in dining and entertainment."
Together the restaurants will occupy 5,880 interior square feet plus outdoor patio and terrace space. They join frozen yogurt shop BerryAustin, which is also opening on the ground floor.