A new Mexican-inspired restaurant is coming to the east side, courtesy of an Austin industry vet. Sam Hellman-Mass, founding partner of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, has announced a solo venture, Suerte, which he will open in the former Dario's space.
Hellman-Mass purchased the property at 1800 E. Sixth St., which formerly housed the East Austin Tex-Mex institution and has been vacant for three years. Construction began last week, and the new restaurant is slated to open by the end of 2017.
Suerte's menu will highlight masa, made in-house daily. "Over the past few years I have really fallen in love with Mexican flavors and the quest for perfect masa," says Hellman-Mass in a release. "So far the search has led me to New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Oaxaca, the Yucatan, and more. I'm not sure only one perfect tortilla exists, but I am certain that our team is going to make some delicious food inspired by our travels."
While Hellman-Mass is looking abroad for inspiration, he will continue his commitment to local farmers. Suerte will source many of its ingredients from Central Texas, including heirloom corn for the masa.
The new restaurant will join a slew of Mexican eateries on East Sixth Street, including Licha's Cantina, Cisco's Restaurant, and Tamale House East, as well as Joe's Bakery, Takoba, and Juan in a Million, all located in the surrounding neighborhood.
Hellman-Mass remains a partner in Barley Swine and Odd Duck, but he is not involved in the daily operations. That restaurant group recently announced its plans for a casual East Austin concept called Sour Duck Market.