A new higher-end vegan restaurant is going to be opening in downtown Austin at some point. Jupiter Supper Club will be found at 718 Congress Avenue — what had been previously cocktail bar the Townsend — with no projected opening timeline as of yet.
Jupiter’s website describes the restaurant as offering “maximalist vegan luxury.” Expect finer-dining food and service, plus cocktails, beer, and wine. Behind the restaurant are co-founders, co-owners, and couple Bill Perkins and Lara Perkins. Austin company Pravo Construction is working on the remodel. The physical building — the Townsend-Thompson building — dates back to 187.
Jupiter’s tenant predecessor is the Townsend, which opened in 2015 by the Penumbral Strategic Ventures group and Austin bar expert Justin Elliott (who was the director of hospitality). The bar focused on well-made cocktails, bites, and live music programming, and it won an Eater Award in 2015 in the best new bar category. It was working on opening the second floor of the building as an event space, but that didn’t happen (perhaps Jupiter will make use of the second floor).
In 2016, Townsend became involved with New York-based cocktail bar Employees Only. With that, Employees Only had planned on expanding into Austin, and Townsend would expand into Los Angeles, but neither ever panned out. Elliott left the company in 2017.
And then, the Townsend at first temporarily closed in March 2020 along with the rest of the city due to the pandemic. The shutter was made permanent later that June.
In similar supper club-pegged restaurants opening in downtown Austin: the Statesman will open on West Sixth Street in January with a classic American/Texan food menu and cocktails.
And then in also in like-higher-end-vegan-restaurant news, a vegan tasting menu restaurant opened in the Blackland neighborhood earlier this summer, Fabrik.