Sometimes when one door closes, another door opens. When a fire forced South Lamar staple Henri’s Cheese and Wine Shop to close in early 2016, the loss of one of our favorite happy hour destinations was devastating.
Instead of rebooting the former business, owners Andy Means and Jessie Katz used the calamity as an opportunity to regroup, choosing to go forward with a new concept. The result is Hank’s, an all-day restaurant set to open February 2018 at 5811 Berkman Dr. in the Windsor Village shopping center.
The two restaurants may share the same namesake (Mean’s grandfather), but Hank’s won’t simply be a Henri’s redux. The new eatery, designed by Ben May Design and Claire Zinnecker Design, will be a much larger with space for larger groups and an ample dog-friendly patio. A coffee shop with a drive-thru will serve morning customers, while a full bar will add to the conviviality at night. The new digs also allows the couple to store an extensive wine collection and offer several beers on tap.
Although the menu has not been finalized (more details to come in January), it will be filled with everyday fare like burgers, sandwiches, and salads — plus house made pasta and pastries. The couple hope to inspire the same neighborhood devotion in Windsor Park as they did in South Austin. “We want the restaurant to have a laid back environment with guests who frequent often enough that people come to know each other by their nicknames,” said Katz.