Winebelly Grows

Favorite Austin wine bar expands with daytime neighborhood diner

Favorite Austin wine bar expands with daytime neighborhood diner

Phoebe's Diner Austin
Phoebe's Diner will open in South Austin summer 2017. Courtesy photo

The team behind award-winning wine bar Winebelly is teaming up with chef Camden Stuerzenberger to open Phoebe’s Diner, a sister concept featuring “greasy spoon favorites with a touch of smoke,” at 533 W. Oltorf in the 78704. 

After years in fine dining, Stuerzenberger wanted to get back to his roots with a neighborhood diner concept. The name is inspired by Stuerzenberger and wife’s first child, Phoebe, who is expected to arrive a month after they open the restaurant. 

The 1,600-square-foot space will seat roughly 90 people in an atmosphere reminiscent of a '50s diner with a modern twist. The team is designing the space and plans on using local artisans for decor and furnishings. The maple top bar, which will be the centerpiece of the restaurant, is being crafted by local woodworker Eric Billig of Rabbet Labs.

Stuerzenberger began his culinary journey in his mid-teens working in bakeries and cafes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has been a part of the Austin culinary scene for over 15 years, heading the kitchens at Bess Bistro, Walton’s Fancy & Staple, South Congress Cafe, Hyatt Lost Pines, and most recently Fork & Vine.

The menu will feature classic American diner fare complemented by Texas barbecue favorites. The cuisine will rely heavily on a smoker where the team plans to smoke brisket, ham, ribs, beets, onions, and whatever else strikes their fancy. Expect menu items like buttermilk pancakes, fried chicken with cracked pepper biscuits, breakfast puffy tacos, migas on a crispy potato sope, fried French toast, and other inventive creations. The bar will be stocked with beer and wine, offering mimosas with unique seasonal juice blends and craft brew micheladas. Espresso and other morning fuels will also be available.  

Phoebe's Diner is expected to open later this summer and will later expand with a rear patio offering a view of tree-lined Gillis Park. Hours of operation will be Monday through Sunday, 7 am to 3 pm.