Both Olamaie and Salt & Time are joining Austin’s next food hall Saint Elmo Public Market on 4329 South Congress Avenue. Everything is set to open in spring 2019.
Olamaie owner and James Beard Award finalist chef Michael Fojtasek will open Mignette, which is pegged to be a neighborhood diner and bakery serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, those famous biscuits will be available, along with a takeout counter.
For Eater 38 Salt & Time’s second restaurant, owners Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler will open a similar restaurant and butcher shop to the East 7th location. However, the South Austin version will include a produce market with goods supplied from local farms.
Lastly, Dripping Springs olive business Texas Hill Country Olive Company rounds out the initial lineup by opening its first retail location as well in the market.
The massive Saint Elmo Public Market will also include other restaurants yet to be announced, like a grocery store, bars, brewery, fish shop, and more. The rest of the space will house office space, apartments, and a hotel. The rest of the lineup will be announced later this year.
Saint Elmo Public Market’s space will be designed by architecture firm Andersson-Wise. It used to be a school bus factory and a furniture store. Originally, music institution Saxon Pub was supposed to relocate to Saint Elmo Public Market, but those plans were nixed.
One of Saint Elmo’s developers is Steve Carlin’s Carlin Company, who founded essential Napa Valley marketplace Oxbow Public Market, the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, The other developers include Maker Bros. and Fenix Global Investments.
Similarly, Austin got its first food hall with Fareground, which opened in the heart of downtown with notable local chefs from Emmer & Rye, Dai Due, Contigo, Ni-Kome, and Easy Tiger.