One of the most anticipated additions to Austin's culinary scene is opening just in time for the holidays.
Fixe announced Monday that it will open to the public on Wednesday, December 24. Located on the ground level of the IBC Bank Plaza on West Fifth Street, the interior and cuisine of Fixe is more likely to remind of you suppers back home than the lively streets of West Austin.
Executive Chef James Robert has melded years of restaurant experience and his Louisiana roots into cuisine that is being affectionately referred to as "Southern progressive." You'll have to grab a table to check out the full selection, but a sneak preview of Robert's creations reveals pork shoulder with pinto beans in a jalapeño kale emulsion, smoked beef neck with barbecued okra and Texas shrimp on grits.
"This menu showcases familiar tastes and dishes that I grew up with — you'll see a section dedicated to an heirloom variety of grits, biscuits, boudin and more — but each with an element of surprise," said Robert in a press release.
The Southern flavor can be found in the atmosphere as well. Co-owners Robert and Keith House wanted to create a cozy space with private nooks and vintage touches to complement the feel of the menu.
Walk through the front doors of Fixe and you will immediately be greeted with an inviting table and a warm, wooden bar. House, who serves as director of operations for the restaurant, remarks that the design and construction teams put as much attention into each detail "as Porsche does into their luxury vehicles." One such touch is the collection of delicate plates mounted on the back wall.
"The process of conceptualizing and building our own restaurant has been a dream come true," House said in a release. "And we were really fortunate to find great local partners who understood our vision for the restaurant."
Fixe opens on Christmas Eve, but will be closed on Christmas Day. For a sneak peek inside the new space, click through the slideshow above.