The soon-to-open four restaurants and bars in forthcoming downtown high-rise Austin Proper have all been given names, revealing just a bit more about what to expect from the new dining and drinking establishments from McGuire Moorman Hospitality (MMH). The building at 600 West 2nd Street, which will be part-hotel and part-residential, is set to open in December.
Those bars and restaurants will be as follows:
- The Peacock Mediterranean Grill & Bar — perhaps unsurprisingly, a grill restaurant that will draw on influences from the “eastern Mediterranean,” and, as the website offered, a focus on Israeli and Turkish fare.
- The Greek-leaning Mockingbird Café, a sort-of casual, coffee shop counterpart to Peacock, with falafel and rotisserie options, noted by the website
- A pool deck restaurant and bar that’s, um, fittingly named La Piscina (Spanish for “the pool”); it will focus on Mexican-tinged food using wood-burning grills for dishes like fajitas, as well as ceviche
- Goldie’s, a 30-seat sunken cocktail bar
The 32-story Austin Proper development and its drinking and dining options have been in the works for over four years now, with Austin’s MMH group taking charge of all four bars and restaurants, in addition to room service offerings for the hotel.
The group has offered up relatively few details on the four businesses — it’s known that the Peacock will be located on the ground floor of Austin Proper, and will feature interior design from prominent designer Kelly Wearstler, drawing on Art Nouveau elements.
MMH has a lot going on right now — beyond these four upcoming openings, it’s also dealing with allegations of sexual assault against a prominent employee. A Chicago co-worker alleges that wine director Ryan Arnold assaulted her in late 2018 during their employment at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, before Arnold began with MMH. In response, MMH placed Arnold on a leave of absence while the company investigates.