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Emmer & Rye Is Opening a Texas Mega-Market With Four New Restaurants in San Antonio

Pullman Market will have a dessert bar, a Mexican spot focusing on Sonoran cuisine, a butcher shop, and much more

Fife & Farro.
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group, the company behind some of Austin’s best restaurants, is opening a new market with several restaurants in San Antonio. Pullman Market will open at 221 Newell Avenue in the Pearl development sometime in the spring of 2024.

The new giant market — a total of 40,000 square feet — will include four new restaurants. These include:

  • Fife & Farro: a casual no-reservations-required, family-friendly restaurant with house-made wood-fired pizza and pastas. The name is similar to Emmer & Rye’s, referring to red fife wheat and the hulled wheat respectively.
  • Mezquité: a Mexican restaurant focusing on foods from the Sonora state with a mezcal bar, opening for lunch and dinner services. The name refers to the tree, whose wood is used for smoking and cooking.
  • Isidore: a higher-end reservations-required restaurant with an oft-changing New Texan menu. The name has Greek origins.
  • Nicosi: a dessert bar from co-partner and pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph. The intimate space specifically bans cellphones. The name also has Greek roots.
A rendering of a supermarket produce section,
A rendering of Pullman Market’s produce section,
Rendering: Pullman Market
A rendering of a bar around a tree.
A rendering of a bar at Pullman Market.
Rendering: Pullman Market
A rendering of a meat section in a market.
A rendering of Pullman Market’s meat section.
Rendering: Pullman Market
A rendering of a restaurant dining room.
A rendering of one of the restaurants within the Pullman Market.
Rendering: Pullman Market

Elsewhere, the Pullman Market will include a bunch of very-fast-casual-takeout restaurants serving burgers, tacos, ceviche, coffee, and ice cream. As for the actual market areas, Pullman will have a butcher shop, a fishmonger area, and a bakery. There will be wine, beer, retail freshly made pastas, and Texas produce.

The press release compares it to American-based Italian market chain Eataly (which does have a location up in Dallas). The space was designed by Austin architecture firms Clayton Korte and Baldridge Architects. There will be indoor and outdoor spaces.

Behind Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group are co-partners chef Kevin Fink, pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph, chef Berty Richter, Alicynn Fink, and Rand Egbert. Fink and Tavel Bristol-Joseph opened Emmer & Rye the restaurant in Austin’s Rainey Street district in 2015. They followed that with fast-casual downtown food hall restaurant Henbit in 2018 (which closed earlier this March). Then there are sibling spots the higher-end live-fire restaurant Hestia and tapas bar Kalimotxo in downtown in 2019.

And then Richter, who had been operating Israeli food truck Hummus Among Us, restaurant TLV in the same Henbit food hall address, joined the company in 2019. And under him, the group opened fast-casual Israel restaurant TLV in the same Henbit food hall that year (which also closed in March 2023). Then they opened Mediterranean restaurants Ladino in San Antonio in 2022 and Ezov in April 2023. And then also, they opened Eater Austin’s Eater Award-winning Caribbean restaurant Canje in October 2021.

A plate of steak.
A steak from Isidore.
Isidore
A table of Mexican dishes.
An array of dishes from Mezquité.
Mezquité

Nicosi

221 Newell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website

Isidore

221 Newell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website

Fife & Farro

221 Newell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website

Pullman Market

221 Newell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website

Mezquité

221 Newell Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78215 Visit Website