Essential Texas restaurant Emmer & Rye is opening a new restaurant dedicated to live-fire cooking. Hestia will open at 208 Nueces Street in downtown Austin sometime in spring 2019. The restaurant will be helmed by executive chefs Kevin Fink and Page Pressley and pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph
Because of the live-fire focus, the trio chose to name the restaurant after the Greek goddess of the hearth. This will mean grilling up beef, lamb, and seafood sourced from Texas on a 20-foot grill. The portions will be larger than Emmer & Rye’s typical small plates menu.
The restaurant will feature a bar, two outdoor spaces, and private dining areas, all designed by Baldridge Architects. The downtown address will be found within the forthcoming Facebook building, which is being built on the space that used to house the Austin Music Hall.
Fink, Pressley, and Bristol-Joseph opened Emmer & Rye, the grain-obsessed New American restaurant, in November 2015. They followed that with downtown food hall stall Henbit within the Fareground in January 2018.