East 4th Street is set to get an upscale hostel with Native, sometime in March. Setting out with the bold motto of "curating a culture of fuck yes,” it will include a restaurant and cafe focused on hyper-American cuisine.
Running the all-hours Native Cafe and Bar’s kitchen is executive chef Virginia Pharr. The menu will be focused on diner-inspired dishes, which could potentially mean fried chicken sandwiches (pictured above), Scotch eggs, and pickled eggs. Pharr is also playing around with housemade candy bars, like a take on Twix. There are plans for grab and go and other prepared items, too.
Pharr previously helmed the now-shuttered Lady Luck trailer along with Baton Creole's Lynzy Moran, which was parked in the back of Hard Luck Lounge. It was known for Southern-styled pub fare, including the popular Stoner’s Delight with tater tots.
As for drinks, Nathan Nyberg will create a classic cocktail menu featuring classic drinks like his version of the margarita. Nyberg was formerly the manager of Star Bar on West 6th Street.
For guests, there will be a community kitchen boasting of good quality cooking equipment. There is a separate event space, and plans include hosting guest chef dinners.
The group behind Native, Michael Dickson (Kung Fu Saloon, Brew Exchange, Eberly), Antonio Madrid (Icon Design), and Will Steakley (Mohawk, Austin Surf Company), launched a NextSeed campaign for investors, raising over $300,000. Once Austin’s Native is open, they plan on replicating the model in other cities