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East Austin’s New Restaurant Suerte Offers a Vibrant Connection to Mexico

Take a look inside the sunny, breezy space serving up goat rib barbacoa and churros with chocolate

Suerte, the new Mexican restaurant with Texas ingredients in East Austin, opens tonight on 1800 East 6th Street from owner Sam Hellman-Mass and executive chef Fermín Nuñez. The East Austin restaurant is all about masa, from fresh tortillas to tostadas to tlayudas.

Eater photographer Robert J. Lerma took a sneak peek of the restaurant before it opened. Take a look below at the space designed by architects Matt Garcia, Bart Whatley, and Allison Burke Interior Designs.

“How do we express our connection to Mexico both as the inspiration of the food and space in a way that’s authentic to us?” Hellman-Mass asked, who knows about really caring about food. He is one of the founding partners of Bryce Gilmore’s Austin-forever Odd Duck. The physical space full of millennial pink (though the actual name of the color is “shrimp salad”), creams, and lighter wood colors, is meant to exude that connection between East Austin and Mexico.

The spacious high-ceiling dining room features prominent objects and details from the two regions, a result of Hellman-Mass and Nuñez’s travels to Mexico and their Austin network. The pecan tabletops come from the woodshop at Boggy Creek Farms, the pecan/steel bar stools were built by Austin-based Creature Design Builds, the pale fabrics that line the walls, ceiling, and booths were fashioned by Oaxacan artist Arturo Hernández, and mezcal bottles sourced from Mexico were formed into a giant light fixture.

Suerte’s menu is simple. There are “snackcidents” (read: snacks), Vitamin T (Mexican dishes that begin with the letter “T” like tlacoyo, tamal, tlayuda, and yes, tacos), raw fish, entrees from vegetables to goat barbacoa. Desserts include a duck egg flan paired with orange/apricot sorbet, tapioca with milk, and churros with house-ground chocolate. The restaurant plans on adding brunch at a later date, one of Nuñez’s favorite meals to cook.

“I fell in love with figuring out masa,” Hellman-Mass said, “and wanted to make a restaurant that was focused on masa with local ingredients. It’s just delicious, and I think the things in cooking that are the most challenging are often the most simple,” like, say, masa. The restaurant uses Richardson Farms’ bloody butcher red corn and Barton Spring Mills’ heirloom ones.

The restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Entering Suerte
Entering Suerte
A view of Suerte’s dining room and bar
A view of Suerte’s dining room and bar
Suerte’s executive chef Fermín Nuñez and owner Sam Hellman-Mass
Suerte’s executive chef Fermín Nuñez and owner Sam Hellman-Mass
The bar at Suerte
The bar at Suerte
Suerte’s dining room
Suerte’s dining room
Tables at Suerte
Tables at Suerte
The semi-private dining area of Suerte
The semi-private dining area of Suerte
The street-adjacent section of Suerte
The street-adjacent section of Suerte
Skull covered in beads at Suerte
Skull covered in beads at Suerte
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The door to Suerte
The door to Suerte
The exterior of Suerte
The exterior of Suerte

Suerte

1800 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 953-0092 Visit Website
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