Longtime Austin chef Jack Gilmore is opening his first new restaurant in a while, the seafood-focused Salt Traders Coastal Cooking with his Jack Allen’s Kitchen team. It will take over Mexican restaurant Mesa Rosa’s spot in Round Rock at 2850 I-35 North. A raw bar is in the works, along with fresh fish, chowder, and more. Salt Traders is set to open in the summer
Gilmore will run the restaurant with partner Tom Kamm. JAK vet chef Chris Ten Eyck will take charge of the kitchen. The sea-centric menu will still contain beef, chicken, and pork dishes. Colleague David Toby taking helm of the beverage program, with fresh juices, beer, wine, and tapped cocktails.
The space, designed by Levy Architects, will include a patio, and the typical seating arrangements (bar, communal, tables), with structures made from reclaimed materials in true Gilmore fashion. He already has a Jack Allen’s Kitchen out in Round Rock. Other neighbors include the recently expanded Hopdoddy Burger Bar.