Marching In

Austin's massive new public marketplace brews up 2 more local businesses

Austin's massive public marketplace brews up 2 more local businesses

Saint Elmo Public Market rendering South Austin 2015
St. Elmo's Public Market is set to debut next year in South Austin. Rendering courtesy of Andersson-Wise Architects

One of Austin’s most ambitious hospitality projects is continuing to take shape. On September 22, St. Elmo Public Market — Austin’s answer to foodie hubs like Seattle’s Pike Place — released the second wave of local businesses to set up shop in the 40,000-square-foot marketplace now under construction at 4329 South Congress Ave.

First up is a new shop from Anthony Sobotik and Chad Palmatier, the couple behind Lick Honest Ice Creams. According to a release, the concept is a departure from the flagship brand, complete with a different name and expanded offerings that will include more than just frozen treats. More details will be spilled in the upcoming months.

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join this project as local farmers markets are a huge source of inspiration for Lick Honest Ice Creams,” said Palmatier in a release. “We appreciate the mission that St. Elmo Public Market is providing Austin by focusing on bringing the community together, and we are looking forward to taking all of the things that our customers love about our brand and presenting them in a remixed way.”

Also on tap is a new location from Family Business Beer Co., a Dripping Springs brewery that opened in January. Helmed by Supernatural star Jensen Ackles, his wife Daneel, and her brother Gino Graul, the new location will act as St. Elmo’s brewpub.

Head brewmaster Nate Seale, previously of (512) Brewing Company, will bring some of the signature recipes from the Hill Country outpost, but the beer list won’t be identical. "Our focus in the market will be small batch limited release beers, one-offs of our existing flagships, and we’ll be working on an exciting barrel program,” said Graul in the release.

The pair of projects join previously announced tenants Salt & Time, Texas Hill Country Olive Oil, and Mignette, a new bakery and all-day eatery from Olamaie executive chef Michael Fojtasek. The grounds, renovated from 1950s warehouse space, include offices, apartments, a boutique hotel, and even more food businesses.

Originally, St. Elmo was announced with a 2018 opening date, but that was eventually pushed back to spring 2019. The latest announcement has dropped the seasonal projection, only estimating that it will debut sometime next year.