Searsucker, the third restaurant of its ilk from San Diego chef Brian Malarkey, will open in April in the former Maria Maria space downtown, according to a press release sent today.
Eater Austin readers will remember Malarkey as the Top Chef veteran who wants to CHANGE YOUR LIFE. He and his partner, "hospitality visionary" James Brennan, also want to teach us all about the "Fabric of Social Dining." Whereas once we were socially lost while dining, now we will be found:
Brennan and Malarkey have coined and trademarked a concept called the "Fabric of Social Dining," a culinary experience that has quickly exploded in traction and popularity. The social dining experience offers guests exceptional dishes, uniquely crafted cocktails and fun, upbeat music. In plain terms, Brennan and Malarkey aim to make their guests feel as if they were attending a thoughtfully planned dinner party with close friends and family rather than simply dining out. Combining James' impressive nightlife experience with Brian's mastery in the kitchen, the end result is an ultimate dinner party in a public setting.Chef Malarkey knows this is exactly what Austin has been waiting for, saying via press release: "The vibe here is incredible. I would like to think that Searsucker reflects the fabric of the capital city, and we anticipate great things for Searsucker as we launch in Austin."
UPDATE: The restaurant will open not in April but "late spring," per the Searsucker press folks.
The future home of Searsucker. [Photo: Searsucker/Google Maps/EATX]