South Lamar is getting a new restaurant and grocery store with the debut of Artista Rosso, from Austin-based coffee shop mini-chain Barley Bean. The Lamar Union restaurant and market opened today, taking over the 1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 1105 space that had belonged to Delicious, which closed last summer.
Food-wise, Artista’s kitchen, overseen by executive chef Jennifer Coffman, will tackle everything in the proper restaurant portion. There’s a section that focuses on Italian small plates like burrata, arancini, and fried polenta, and then there are tacos and sandwiches.
The market area will offer cheese, olives, meats, beer (bottles and 21 drafts), wine, coffee, and tea. Over there, the bakery will whip up cannoli, Nutella crepes, focaccia bread, croissants, along with lemon and pumpkin breads.
Now that it’s open, Artista is operated in a limited capacity for now, according to a tipster. Eventually, it will offer more items and include direct-to-apartment delivery service for Lamar Union residents.
Plans for the Artista, run by Barley Bean’s CEO Mohit Mehra, started last summer, soon after Delicious shuttered. The website also teases three future locations of Barley Bean, though addresses weren’t revealed.
Restaurant upheaval isn’t new to Lamar Union: global New American restaurant Vox Table closed suddenly earlier this year. Vox also ran the short-lived Mexican restaurant El Burro, which is now home to Asian restaurant Mandala. What had been Italian cafe Cantine is now Japanese restaurant Soto’s second Austin location. Plus there’s been a bunch of retail and gym switcheroos.
This article has been updated with more information from Artista Rosso.