Italian restaurant Juliet plans to open in mid-spring at 1500 Barton Springs Rd. The restaurant, housed in the former Romeo’s and Umami Mia Pizzeria space, will be helmed by executive chef Jacob Weaver. The Corpus Christi native most recently worked at Hyde Park Italian restaurant Asti following time at Haddington’s and Mulberry. Weaver’s menu will include wood-fired pizzas, pasta, seafood, steak and daily specials.
“I am most excited about the opportunity to start from scratch with a menu and kitchen driven by my own thoughts, philosophies and style. The menu at Juliet will be a study of simple, approachable Italian flavors presented in a modern format,” Weaver said. “I am grateful for the valuable time I have spent at Asti, and I look forward to bringing my take on Italian to Austin through Juliet”.
The restaurant, designed by Paul Clayton of Clayton Little Architects and Joel Mozersky of Joel Mozersky Design, is owned by first-time restaurant proprietors Neeca Leitao and Dan Wilkins, who have entrepreneurial, financial, retail and operations experience.
“I love Italian wine, food and the abundant ‘feeling’ of Italy,” Leitao said. “It seemed to be the perfect time to launch this concept, in this ideal location and setting, and I knew we needed a dream team to realize the vision. I feel very fortunate to have the culinary and design talent we have on board.”