The booming east side is readying itself for a new rustic retreat. Highly anticipated Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, located on East Cesar Chavez, opens its doors next week.
The rustic-meets-urban space takes inspiration from Melvin, Texas where the Jacoby family has operated Jacoby's Cafe since 1981. But the new Jacoby's plans to meld city comforts and small-town vibes, serving up ranch-style cuisine in a refined (but still down-home) setting.
Inside the dining room, Chef Phillip Anderson's menu includes signature items from the cafe as well as new dishes. "We really wanted to stay true to Jacoby’s original concept with the menu, but we wanted it to be Austin at the same time," Anderson said in a release. Southern fare (think chicken fried steak and onion rings) mingles with housemade charcuterie, fresh vegetables and seasonal items. But the real star is the beef from the Jacoby family ranch. (Jacoby's is the only place in Austin that features the humanely raised beef.)
If you want to sit and stay a while, head out to the cocktail porch and deck where sweeping views of the Colorado River are plentiful. Adjacent to the restaurant is a mercantile selling artisan jams, jellies and meats so that you can take the Jacoby's experience back to your own home.
Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile, located at 3235 E. Cesar Chavez, officially opens to the public on Wednesday, August 20.