I'm excited about a new very local restaurant in Austin, Texas that is weeks away from opening. The 263 Restaurant and Provisions (Facebook.com/The263) is located in the heart of the Cuernavaca neighborhood off of Bee Caves Road. Dennis Liddy is the owner and visionary. Dennis' background is peppered with all sorts of experiences including running kitches as a chef and sous chef in New Mexico and central Texas, operating a General Store with his Father in New Mexico and most recently running a high end landscape design and construction company. Because of this breadth of experience the space is defined by tons of custom work that you won't find anywhere else and he brings all of his past experience to the table. This restaurant and general store are going to be a great mix of food, drinks, speciality groceries and entertainment. Half of the building and outside will be for food and entertainment including music, movies, and TV. The other half will be a quaint gourmet grocery and cafe. The look and feel of the place is fantastic. There are all kinds of little quirky details that fit in perfectly with the neighborhood. If you have never been in this neighborhood before it is probably the widest mix of people ever. It is a melting pot of Austin's diversity all in one zip code. It is literally one minute from Lake Austin, so if your on the lake a lot this will be a great pit stop! You might be wondering about the name – it's a nod to the telephone number prefixes in the neighborhood. The story goes that if you lived in Westlake you referred to the Cuernavaca neighborhood as "263 Trash". Well Dennis is owning The 263 is a whole new way. The restaurant should be a instant hit with locals and Austinites, it has something for everyone. Very casual comfort food with a selection of premium beer and wine. Dennis also plans on offering a killer sunday brunch and weekly specials as well.
I am consulting with Dennis on menu and recipes because it won't be a chef driven restaurant. The menu is in the works and he hopes to get the doors open by end of the month. Here are a few sneak peak photos of the space….
Opening date, menus, and more pictures coming soon.