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Upscale gastropub quickly replaces just-closed North Austin comfort food restaurant

Upscale gastropub quickly replaces North Austin comfort food eatery

Provision Austin
Provision Austin puts an upscale spin on traditional bar snacks. Photo courtesy of Provision Austin

In the Austin restaurant world, a prime piece of real estate doesn’t stay empty long. Such is the case of the former location of Red’s Porch at 4200 W. Braker Ln. Less than a month after that eatery shuttered, a new concept is swooping in.

Expected to arrive in October, Provision is the brainchild of co-owners Poeta Asher, formerly of Trudy’s, and chef Albert Gonzalez, an alum of Jacoby’s and the much-missed Apothecary Wine Bar. Although not a radical departure from Red’s, Provision will usher in a more upscale feel.

According to a rep for the project, the midcentury modern-inspired dining room is bisected by a sizable wall allowing for two distinct dining experiences. One side proffers private, sit-down dining, while the bar area functions as a high-end sports bar with flat screens and a more energetic vibe.

The menu, available in both the bar and dining room, bridges the divide as well. Snacks include tony versions of deviled eggs, lollipop wings, quesadillas, and Cracker Jack. A signature burger with dry-aged beef and pink peppercorn aioli anchors a sandwich list that also features a redfish roll and a torta made with Tender Belly pork cheek.

The approachable mains range from a vegetarian farro bowl brimming with crispy Brussels sprouts, braised beets, charred radicchio, and “kimchickpeas” to seafood dishes like crab mac ’n’ cheese and shrimp and grits to prime steaks. Family feasts focused on grilled meats, sandwiches, or appetizers feed five to seven guests.

The beverage program boasts a curated selection of wines, domestic and craft beers, and heady cocktails like a limoncello mule and a fresh berry press. Refreshingly, the drinks menu provides several low-ABV drinks and nonalcoholic options like the Greenhouse Sour with lavender CBD elixir, apple cider vinegar, and egg white.

Once Provision arrives in North Austin, it will be open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Hours are 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday and 10 am to 9 pm on Sunday.