Austin’s next restaurant opening comes courtesy of Daniel Keshvari and his father Keivan. The family-operated Tillery is aiming to bring healthy Mediterranean-influenced cuisine to East Cesar Chavez starting on Friday, January 13.
Tillery’s focus is Mediterranean with New American tinges, emphasizing what Daniel called “clean food.” It’ll span skewers, lamb fritters, pasta, salads, and more. “I wanted to have a menu with a little bit of something for all different styles,” explained Keivan. For dessert, there are plans for homemade ice cream, pies, and gluten-free chocolate cakes.
Prepping all of that is executive chef Justin Trapani. His culinary resume includes Zoot Restaurant, Big Daddy’s Burgers, and some time spent at The Spotted Pig in New York. As is the Austin norm, ingredients and produce will be sourced locally as much as possible.
Daniel, who is the general manager, is also commanding Tillery’s beverage program, focusing on affordability for the wine and beer lists, which will also include draft wine. The cocktails are meant to pair with the food, and there will be coffee and tea, as well.
Tillery is meant to be a relaxing restaurant, urging people to linger. “I want to be able to reach everybody, and not be intimidating,” Daniel explained. “You are here to escape from wherever you’re coming from.” He especially encourages those looking to work outside of the house or office, with many plugs (inside and out) and wifi.
The physical space along East Cesar Chavez combines two buildings into one, a former apartment complex and hair salon. The smaller building will house the kitchen, restrooms (yes, you’ll have to walk outside), and offices, while the larger holds dining room with a high, angled ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the patio overlooking the Colorado River. “We wanted to bring the outside in,” said Daniel.
As concocted by architect Craig Nasso, the design is “an extension of the nature,” as Keivan described, with wood details abound. The white walls of the front facade will eventually be covered with climbing vines.
Tillery’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends.
Transcription by Kali Venable.