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Odd Duck Partner Is Opening East Side Mexican-Inspired Restaurant

Suerte comes to East 6th Street

Sam Hellman-Mass
Sam Hellman-Mass
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.

Sam Hellman-Mass, one of the founding partners of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, is venturing on his own with a new restaurant in the East Side. Suerte will focus on Mexican cooking techniques and what Hellman-Mass describes as “Mexican flavors.” It’s projected to open by the end of the year.

Suerte will take over the long-shuttered Tex-Mex restaurant Dario's on East 6th Street, right next door to cocktail bar Whisler’s. Hellman-Mass actually purchased the building, which will be renovated for the new restaurant.

For research purposes, Hellman-Mass visited New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, the Yucatan, and other regions in the search for masa.

While Hellman-Mass remains a partner at Barley Swine and Odd Duck, he is no longer a chef at either Bryce Gilmore restaurant. He previously worked at the Montagna Restaurant at the Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, where he met Bryce Gilmore and joined his Austin restaurants.


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