Austin's new vegan-friendly restaurant and bar cooks up opening date
Citizen Eatery, a new spot serving scratch-made vegetarian and vegan cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will open on November 4 at the corner of Burnet Road and Hancock Drive, in the former 416 Bar & Grille space.
Owners Michael Moyer and Aimee Walden-Moyer envision a comfortable space that focuses on locally sourced, mostly plant-based cuisine in a lively, casual setting designed by the couple.
Citizen Eatery will include a large menu developed by the Moyers in collaboration with chef Andrew Brooks of Spirited Food and long-time Austin chef Jason Sales, who will oversee kitchen operations. Expect five different house-made veggie burgers, seasonal entrees, shareable sides, and breakfast dishes all day, plus organic cold-pressed juices, locally roasted organic coffee, and organic wine and spirits.
Menu highlights include the Citizen Burger, a seasoned house-wood-smoked patty with white beans, a proprietary grain mix, and kale, served with seasonal greens, tomato, grilled onions, and vegan avocado ranch, and the Paleo Burger made with sweet potato, cauliflower, mushrooms, and toasted pecans, dressed with a Paleo aioli (they even offer a Paleo bun alternative).
“The Citizen Burger recipes are completely original,” says Moyer. “We set out to make a distinct variety of meat-free burgers that are not only tasty, flavorful, and filling, but also packed with complete nutrition. For the seasonal plates and sides, inspiration comes from all over. There’s a Moroccan tomato soup, savory bolognese and more.”
Citizen Eatery will offer a full bar, serving what the team calls “Citizen Smart Spirits,” cocktails prepared with ingredients that add a biological benefit to the booze, such as tea infusions, ginger, super-greens, house-made local botanical syrups, organic juices, and spirits.
In addition, the bar will serve a selection of local beers on tap and a wine list assembled by the Moyers, with assistance from Susan Gebhard (Uchiko, St. Phillip) and Kelsie Pennington from Republic Distributing. Non-alcoholic beverages will include organic hot teas, Third Coast Coffee, and Rio Frio Cold Brew and Kosmic Kombucha on tap.