Green Pastures, the iconic fine dining South Austin restaurant, is coming back in a different way. The only big change? The newly-revealed restaurant will be called Mattie’s. It’s named after Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk, one of the original owners of Green Pastures. Look for it sometime in March.
Update, February 24: Mattie's now has an opening date: Wednesday, March 1
Executive chef Joshua Thomas is running the kitchen, which will focus on American fare and drinks. The legendary Sunday brunches will be back, with slight updates. His culinary background includes working at Michelin-starred Le Bernardin and Devi in New York. In Austin, he ran the Chaat Shop food truck.
Don’t worry: the milk punch, made using the original recipe, will be there, too. Jason Stevens and Paula Rester of the La Corsha Hospitality Group (one of the new partners) will oversee the beverages and wines, respectively.
The space will remain familiar, with the porch, peacocks, and live oak trees. Music from the 1940s through 1960s will be played, too. The overall revamped property will include various event spaces and dining rooms, including the Marion Hall and outdoor pavilion.
La Corsha Hospitality Group’s founder and president Jeff Trigger, Austin developer Greg Porter, and other investors bought Green Pastures in July 2015. The restaurant shuttered temporarily a year ago for these renovations. Further plans include adding a small boutique hotel, The Faulk, which will open in 2018.
Green Pastures opened in 1893 as an event and entertaining space. The restaurant was opened in 1946 by Faulk’s daughter, Mary Faulk Koock.