Downtown restaurant and bar Cedar Door is opening a new Italian restaurant right next door at 201 Brazos Street. La Volpe is looking to open within the next month or so, once permitting is all settled.
La Volpe’s peg is “Italian with a Texas twist,” which means Italian dishes with Texas ingredients. That includes meats, cheese, and produce sourced from Texas farms. Local sourcing is important to co-owners Heather and Steve Potts (who also own Cedar Door). Overseeing La Volpe’s menu is Will Eason, who was the chef at Cedar Door as well. Expect hand-pulled mozzarella, small plates, desserts, wine, and cocktails.
Cedar Door co-owners Heather and Steve Potts decided to open the Italian restaurant because they wanted to do something new. “La Volpe is an opportunity to go in a different direction,” Heather Potts told Eater. “We just felt like we had all the right pieces,” referring to the location and Cedar Door’s staff. The Potts settled on Italian because they had traveled extensively throughout the European country.
Cedar Door, known for being the birthplace of the Mexican Martini, actually physically moved around Austin four times since it opened in 1975 before it settled into its current home on Brazos in 2002 under the ownership of the Potts.
When it opens, La Volpe’s hours will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and then from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.