A forthcoming wellness center, Alive + Well, out in Bee Cave, will include a gluten-free cafe with involvement from Contigo staffers. Elle’s Cafe & Coffee will be located at 3944 South Ranch Road 620, opening on Monday, April 16.
Behind the restaurant’s menu are Andrew Wiseheart, the owner, chef, and co-founder of Chicon and Contigo, and PJ Edwards, who is the chef and culinary director of Edgewise (which runs Contigo and Chicon’s catering department). The head chef of Elle’s is Shandon Brockett, who was previously at Chicon and the quickly shuttered Al Fico.
Elle’s will serve breakfast and lunch, offering plated dinner events and cooking classes. There will also be a grab-and-go case. The dishes will be health-focused, with minimal sugar and dairy, and completely gluten-free. Breakfast includes paleo pancakes, hashes, and frittatas, while lunch is mostly grain bowls and salads, with some larger proteins like grilled sirloin bavettes.
Alive + Well founder Adam Metcalf tells Eater that the cafe is “designed to take on one of the most important parts of health, which is the food we eat. Too often healthy snacks and meals are an afterthought that are only healthy, not tasty. We want to elevate healthy food to the level of intensity and satisfaction that we’ve come to expect from chef-driven cuisine.” Metcalf is a pharmacist who also founded Hill Country Apothecary and Drip Drop IV Vitamin Bar, which will both offer services at the wellness center.
The cafe is designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture, who also did the Juice Society space. Alive + Well itself offers a variety of services, including wellness consultations with a registered dietitian, yoga, acupuncture, a float tank, and more.