Emmer & Rye group's new Israeli concept officially opens in East Austin this week
The highly anticipated new concept from Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group is finally here. Located in East Austin at 2708 E Cesar Chavez, Ezov will open on Thursday, April 27.
Led by Executive Chef Berty Richter, the new concept's menu celebrates the streets of Tel Aviv and the bounty of Texas.
“I’m excited to bring a taste of Israeli cuisine to Austin with Ezov,” says Richter. “I was born and raised in Tel Aviv and have been cooking in Texas for seven years now. Ezov’s menu reflects that blend of cultures while also showcasing the similarities of these culinary traditions along with our local farming and agricultural practices.”
Ezov marks the eighth concept from Austin-based Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group and Berty’s third concept as Executive Chef in Texas. (His second concept, Ladino, opened last year in San Antonio's bustling Pearl District.)
As previously reported, Ezov is the Hebrew name for hyssop, which is one of the main ingredients in the spice blend za'atar. For Ezov’s menu, Richter was specifically inspired by the Galilee region which is known for its abundance of lush greens, rich agriculture, and diversity of cultures.
Items at Ezov will include seasonally-inspired dishes designed to share such as the smashed cucumber with labne and Nigella seed, and a seasonal crudo with pistachio, orange blossom, and pomegranate. There will also be classics like Falafel, Sabich, and Frena. Dessert will include dishes such as Baklava with banana, Texas pecans and Tahini ice cream.
Beverage director Kate Houser and wine director Alicia Schmidt lead the bar at Ezov, with cocktails inspired by Tel Aviv nightlife. Highlights include the Carmel Market (olive-oil washed vodka, Raki, herbal liqueur, and salted celery), and the Aphrodite’s Crown (Reposado Tequila, Aperol, strawberry, rose, hibiscus ,and charred pasilla). The wine program at Ezov will focus on food-friendly wines from the Mediterranean: Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Italy, and beyond. A selection of beers will also be available.
The Emmer & Rye team worked with partner Rand Egbert on the space’s casual yet elevated design featuring bold and vibrant décor. As well as the 98-seat dining room, the restaurant offers a 30-seat private dining room.
“The design was inspired by my time in Tel Aviv,” says Egbert. “My goal was to capture the cities’ effortlessly hip vibe while giving a nod to its lively markets, fun nightlife and dynamic street art.”
Ezov will officially open on Thursday, April 27, after which it will be open seven days a week. Valet will be offered Wednesday-Saturday and there is complimentary parking.