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Favorite Italian Spot Intero Is Opening a New Restaurant in Central East Austin

Poeta took over the Uncle Nicky’s space at the Frances Modern Inn

A dish with a waffle with ice cream in the center with espresso or syrup being poured over it. There’s also a salad and silverware on the table.
The Wafflegato from Poeta
Jessica Attie Photography
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

Lauded Holly Italian restaurant Intero is opening a new all-day Italian restaurant, Poeta, in Central East Austin. Poeta is slated to open within the Frances Modern Inn at 1123 East 11th Street on Friday, December 8.

Poeta will serve Italian fare for dinner, breakfast, and brunch. That means dishes like eggs benedict with gnocco fritto, prosciutto and bearnaise; gnocchi with braised lamb and tomato butter; grilled octopus; and the Wafflegato, a waffle topped with maple gelato and espresso.

Poeta will also serve draft cocktails, like spritzes and a nitro espresso martini. There will also be wine and amari. The restaurant space will have a bar, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and private dining options.

Chefs and co-owners Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig opened Intero in 2018 to much acclaim — it was named one of Texas Monthly’s best new restaurants that year. Sadly, Craig will be selling her excellent chocolates at Poeta, although they might make an appearance in special event bookings.

Poeta is taking over the spot vacated by Uncle Nicky’s, which closed in December 2022. The Frances Modern Inn was previously Hotel Eleven — it changed owners and got a rebrand in 2022.

Poeta will be open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekend brunch hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will be served daily from 5 p.m. to close. Reservations can be booked online.

Update, December 1, This article, originally published on November 7, has been updated with Poeta’s opening date.


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