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Irene’s Debuts Steak, Toasts, and Whiskey On Memorial Day

Plus a dinner giveaway

Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Irene’s, the latest spot from Andrew Curren and ELM Restaurant Group, is making its Austin debut on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The restaurant is named after ELM partner Chad Gluckson’s booze-loving grandmother, who had a thing for gambling and smoking.

The funky New American spot will serve a casual and hearty menu full of toasts, steak, grilled cheese, and more. The bar will whip up cocktails, punches, and pour plenty of whiskey. The window counter, which opens early morning until very late at night, will sell to-go breakfast pastries, coffee, and even packs of cigarettes.

The West Avenue space features ample patio space along Shoal Creek. Above the restaurant is a billboard beckoning passersby to come by for booze, cigarettes, and six-packs. Currently, there is a giveaway for a free dinner before Irene's officially opens for Tuesday, May 24, on the restaurant's Instagram.

Irene’s counter window hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., with restaurant hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., all daily.

This is the group’s fourth restaurant, along with 24 Diner, Easy Tiger, and Italic. Also in the works are Easy Tiger’s two expansions, and curating Austin’s first food hall Fareground.


506 West Ave, Austin, TX 78701, USA