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Mysterious Rosewood Avenue Restaurant Will Focus on South Texas Food

The neighborhood spot will serve up Hill Country and Gulf Coast fare

Rendering of Rosewood
Rendering of Rosewood
Rendering: Mark Odom Studio
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.

There are now more details on that mysterious restaurant that is taking over East End Wines’ former space on 1209 Rosewood Avenue. Rosewood the neighborhood restaurant will focus on South Texas cuisine, helmed by chef Jesse DeLeon and Chas Spence. It’s set to open in April.

DeLeon and Spence, who is also his brother-in-law, ran pop-up dinner series Victoria Provisions in 2016, which focused on Southern Texas coastal-focused fare, most likely similar to what Rosewood would serve. The kitchen will emphasize whole animal usage, including butchering being done in-house, as well as sourcing from the Hill Country and the Gulf Coast.

As for drinks, the beverage menu will pay tribute to the restaurant’s predecessor East End Wines by serving bottles from family-owned, sustainably conscious wineries. Plus there will be cocktails and Texas beers.

The Central East Austin space is being designed by architecture firm Mark Odom Studio, which is turning the historic Victorian home into the new restaurant. This includes adding the main dining room, private dining room, and chef’s counter. Along with landscape architects Word Design, the outdoor areas will include a deck and lawn open to seatings.

DeLeon was previously the sous chef of Hotel Van Zandt’s Geraldine’s, as well as Vespaio, Zoot, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Rounding out Rosewood’s staff are general manager Jeb Russell, Pastry chef Aria Alba (previously of Mattie’s at Green Pastures, Odd Duck, and McGuire Moorman Hospitality), and beverage director Benjamin Levario (formerly of Parkside Projects and Swift’s Attic).

When it opens, Rosewood will only serve dinner. It will expand with brunch and lunch in sometime in May.


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