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Team behind Austin's hottest restaurant reveal details on new east side concept

Austin's hottest restaurant reveals details for new east side concept

Suerte ATX Sam Hellman-Mass and Fermin Nunez
The team behind Suerte is opening a new east side restaurant.  Photo courtesy of Suerte

Details about one of Austin's most anticipated restaurants (perhaps the most anticipated restaurant) are finally being revealed. More than a year after taking over the long-running Eastside Cafe, Este, the second concept from Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass and chef Fermin Nuñez, is scheduled to make its debut in late 2020/early 2021.

Este, which means east in Spanish, will be a "Mexican-inspired seafood restaurant," notes a release. True to contemporary dining trends, dishes are cooked on a charcoal grill, with fish and shellfish sourced from sustainable purveyors and ingredients sourced from local farmers. 

Though no menu details have been revealed, the team said the cuisine is inspired by recent travels through Nuñez's native Mexico.

"We have been working on this concept for over a year now and Fermín and I are really excited about Mexican seafood," said Hellman-Mass in a release. "We spent time traveling through Mexico going to Guadalajara, Ensenada, and Puerto Escondido exploring coastal Mexican cooking and seafood."

This is, of course, the duo's second East Austin restaurant. Their first, Suerte, has achieved wild acclaim, landing on best-of lists and even earning a 2019 James Beard Awards nomination. In addition to leading Este, Nuñez will remain executive chef of Suerte.

"We're thrilled to bring what we've learned from our travels to Austin and the east side in a totally new restaurant," Hellman-Mass added.