A new player is moving into the West 6th dining scene, and the future of one of Austin's most expensive restaurants is unclear. The Grove Wine Bar And Kitchen and their sister cafe Lola Savannah have signed a lease to operate on the first floor of the Cirrus Logic Building at 800 W. 6th, as first reported by The Austin Business Journal and The Statesman.
Eater spoke with Grove Partner Beth Lasita, who says they chose to open a third location downtown in order to serve the large number of offices in need of more lunch and dinner options. The Grove's other two locations in West Lake Hills and Lakeway focus heavily on their patio, so the expansive outdoor space overlooking Shoal Creek was also a major draw.
"We focus on what we do well, which is to offer a little bit of something for everyone," Lasita says. "Lots of our customers have been asking us for a location in central Austin." They expect to open in May.
Currently, the Cirrus Logic building is home to Restaurant Jezebel and their adjacent event space which previously housed Bar Mirabeau and Tapasitas. While Tapasitas shuttered last fall, Restaurant Jezebel remains open for the moment. Both leasing agent Michele Gary and Lasita say The Grove's lease includes the whole first floor, including Jezebel's location. When Eater reached out to Jezebel about the restaurant's future, a manager said chef and owner Parind Vora preferred not to comment "either way."
Jezebel opened in October of 2012, and is one of Austin's few restaurants to require jackets for men. Their five course tasting menu is one of Austin's most expensive at $125 per person. The restaurant is currently a contestant on Bravo's Best New Restaurant series, and their episode airs tonight.