CURD ON THE STREET
Austin's favorite cheesemonger teases new location with citywide scavenger hunt
If one is passionate about cheese in Austin, chances are they have made a few visits to Antonelli’s Cheese Shop. Since opening in 2010, the Hyde Park store has provided the city with a barrage of fromage, cementing its reputation as the place to find a local chèvre or a creamy raclette.
But owners Kendall and John Antonelli aren’t evangelizing yet. On October 25, the couple signed a lease for their latest project — a tasting room available for public classes and private events. Although the new facility will increase the cheesemonger’s production capabilities, it will not be a retail outlet when it debuts in January or February 2024.
This isn’t the first time Antonelli’s has branched out. Since opening the original Duval Street location, the business has expanded to include the Cheese House across the street, national e-commerce, and a wholesale program. In 2018, a since-shuttered café version of Antonelli’s was one of the inaugural vendors in downtown’s Fareground food hall.
For now, the pair is keeping the location mum, though an August newsletter might offer some clues. Citing Austin’s increasing traffic, Antonelli’s wrote that it was eyeing properties south of the river.
Finding out the exact coordinates, however, will require a little work. Cheese fans are invited to take part in a citywide scavenger hunt from 11 am to 1 pm on November 4. Participants will be given a set of Amazing Race-style clues at various locations, starting at the Duval Street flagship (4220 Duval St.).
The promotion will be a way to promote five other local businesses and leave turophiles hungry for more. The first 100 folks to reach the finish line with clues in hand will receive free cheese, with the first 50 earning an additional bonus of free cheese class tickets.