El Chile on South First to transition into group’s Latin Coastal Kitchen concept, AlcoMar


Clarification: A previous headline suggested El Chile would close. It will simply transition and transform into AlcoMar.

The El Chile restaurant group will introduce a new concept to an existing space early next year. AlcoMar will take the place of El Chile at the space at 1816 S. First St. The restaurant, its name a portmanteau of El Alma chef Alma Alcocer and El Chile chef Jeff Martinez, will be a Latin American seafood concept, with dishes from Latin America’s coastlines. During the transition period, the two chefs will introduce forthcoming AlcoMar dishes as weekly specials at El Chile.

“We want to bring our years of culinary experience and constantly evolving palates to this neighborhood that we’ve had such great success in,” Alcocer said. “We plan to source Austin ingredients and marry them with our coastal aspirations.”

The space will apparently undergo some changes, as well, transforming to a “contemporary, yet rustic beach house kitchen.”



Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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