Bryce Gilmore's long-rumored Burnet Road project will help to usher in a complete revamp of a sleepy shopping center. The Statesman reports Gilmore will open a second location of his lauded restaurant Barley Swine, joined by the Neapolitan masters at Bufalina and beloved local ice cream shop Lick at 6555 Burnet Road. The transformation has been masterminded by Austin-based Endeavor Real Estate Group.
Bufalina's Steven Dilley tells Eater via email that Bufalina Due will be "relatively similar" to Bufalina, with their signature focus on Neapolitan pizza and wine. A larger space and traditional kitchen might also allow for menu expansion, though Dilley says it's "too early to say." He adds:
I wasn't necessarily looking to do another pizza project (I've turned down a few opportunities, as I theoretically wouldn't mind exploring other projects), but when this space came along with an opportunity to have Barley Swing and Lick as neighbors, it just made perfect sense. It's also a way to offer some of our folks more responsibility, and I think the idea fits the physical space really well.
Update! A rep for Barley Swine passes on the following statement from Bryce Gilmore. The second Barley Swine will be bigger, and they'll serve booze.
We will definitely be opening a Barley Swine at 6555 Burnet Road sometime later this year. It will be in the same spirit of the location on South Lamar with a few upgrades and changes that we're still working out. Most notably, we will be serving a full bar and have a larger dining room. We're excited to bring our fare to north Austin and looking forward to continuing to evolve Barley Swine at this location.