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Hip Austin restaurant group bakes up plan to save classic Clarksville cafe

Austin restaurant group bakes up plan to save classic Clarksville cafe

Sweetish Hill Bakery baking pies
Sweetish Hill will see new life under the ownership of McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Sweetish Hill Bakery/Facebook

As Austin continues to mourn the closures of longtime eateries like Frank & Angie’s and The Frisco, an Austin restaurant group has swooped in to save another classic. A company rep has confirmed to CultureMap that McGuire Moorman Hospitality has purchased Clarksville institution Sweetish Hill Bakery from owner Jim Murphy.

As first reported by Austin 360, the bakery will close on September 8 and reopen in time for the holiday season in December, though both dates are subject to change. After the remodel, the restaurant will slightly change the name to Swedish Hill Bakery Cafe & Deli.

The rebranding will mark an evolution of the concept first opened by original owners Patricia Bauer-Slate and Tom Neuhaus in 1975 in a converted Victorian-era house on Waller Street (its current location at 1120 W. Sixth St. was established in 1991 after Murphy became a partner).

With Murphy on board to get the operation up and running, the new eatery will continue to offer baked goods under the direction of MMH pastry chefs Alex Manley and Jennifer Tucker, and will serve as a central bakery for Jeffrey’s, Josephine House, Lamberts, Clark’s Oyster Bar, Perla’s, June’s, and Pool Burger.

The eatery will also offer prepared foods, fresh sandwiches, simple deli fare, and a wine program curated by beverage director June Rodil. MMH partner and CEO Larry McGuire told Austin 360 that the drew inspiration from all-day restaurants like Los Angeles’ Gjelina and New York City’s Russ & Daughters.

With the addition of Swedish Hill to their workload, the next few months will be a a busy time for the team at McGuire Moorman. Joann’s, in collaboration with Bunkhouse Group at the Austin Motel, is set to debut this fall. MMH will also be handling the food and beverage programs at upcoming downtown hotel/residential tower Austin Proper.