Mum Foods, which makes Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn’s favorite pastrami, has officially expanded from farmers markets to its own shop at 2113 Manor Road in Cherrywood, which is now open starting today, Tuesday, April 23.
Mum Foods Deli moved into the former home of Elaine’s Pork and Pie (next to the now-closed East Side Cafe that was bought by Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass, which is completely separate). It is serving a larger menu of sandwiches, pastries, sides, and salads.
Per Matti Bills, co-owner of Mum, the partnership started when Hellman-Mass frequented farmers markets for his restaurants. Of the menu, Bills explained, “We’ve been dedicated to local farmers and ranchers since we got our start at the farmers’ market in 2014. We use whatever produce is in season to inspire us.” That means seasonal specials and plans for a series of pop-up dinners.
Eater photographer Courtney Pierce got a look inside the new shop, which has made the most of the small space (said Bills, “We didn’t overthink it.”). There’s lots of wood and collaged tables, courtesy of friends Ben and Jack Haggerty, sons of Thundercloud Subs owner Mike Haggerty.
The light-filled space is brought together with homey touches like thoughtfully placed plants and flowers, a small outdoor patio (which is BYOB), and photographs of classic Austin restaurants (though left over from Elaine’s, the pictures struck a chord with the owners, who are native Austinites).
Mum Foods will only be open in this location for one year. After that’s up, Bills explained, “We’d love to find the right space to house our farmers’ market barbecue operation and the delicatessen. The concept will evolve as we grow. Time will tell.”
Mum Foods Deli’s hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Its grand opening will be a crawfish boil and free drinks on April 26, starting at 5 p.m. Check out the cozy digs and get a preview of the deli’s many new dishes below.