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Top Chef winner debuts swanky eatery at downtown Austin's newest luxury hotel

Top Chef winner debuts swanky eatery at downtown's newest luxury hotel

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Arlo Grey's menu ranges from an approachable burger to a deluxe $60 dessert. Photo courtesy of the Line Austin

UPDATE: A previous version of this story reported that former Counter 3 Five VII chef Damien Brockway was helming P6. Line Austin reps have since reported that Brockway has amicably parted ways with the concept.

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The Line Austin hotel cleared the first of its hospitality hurdles on June 4 with the opening of Kristen Kish’s Arlo Grey and Los Angeles-based coffee shop Alfred.

With a Top Chef winner at the helm, Arlo Grey has been the most anticipated concept at the new hotel, a luxury rework of the former Radisson at 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. Currently only open for dinner, the menu showcases Kish’s background in Italian and French cuisine.

Highlights include pork belly with vinegar, maple, hazelnut, grapefruit, and endive; herbed pasta with mascarpone, black pepper, summer squash, and pistachio; and crispy chicken with rice porridge, maitake mushroom, baby turnip, and black truffle.

Following a trend towards approachable family-style mains, Arlo Grey also offers a grilled Texas ribeye served with hollandaise, leek fritters, charred broccoli, fried garlic, and oregano vinaigrette.

For dessert, the restaurant takes a lighter approach with lime sorbet with yuzu, aloe, pink peppercorn, and coconut meringue or orange sherbet with goat milk soda, fennel, and cream. Customers looking for something a little more decadent can opt for a whole grain layer cake with peanut butter and chocolate.

On the more experimental side are ricotta beignets with crème fraîche, caviar, chives, and honey. With the optional addition of an ounce of American paddlefish caviar, that dish will set you back $60, making it one of the priciest sweets in Austin.

Beverage director Brian Floyd, a vet of such hot spots as Half Step and Weather Up, created a booze-forward cocktail menu using minimal ingredients. Notable drinks include the Devil’s Backbone with mezcal, pineapple, and lime; Him & Her with Pimm’s, bitter lemon, and strawberry; and Waterfall with vodka, Chareau aloe liqueur, and cucumber.

Alfred, the cult LA coffee shop famous for its “But First, Coffee” tagline, is also now open. According to hotel reps, the other two projects — P6 and a casual eatery (originally named Bridge & Trail) from hotel executive chef Justin Ermini — are set to debut in the fall and late 2018, respectively.