Longtime Austin restaurateur Reed Clemons and partners Matt Berendt and Beth Selbe Lasita are set to open the third location of the Grove Wine Bar and Kitchen. The restaurant will be located in the former Tapasitas Tapas + Bar in the expansive space on the ground floor of the Cirrus Logic Building at 800 W. Sixth St.
Clemons, whose Mezzaluna and the Bitter End helped establish the Warehouse District as a dining destination in the 1990s, opened the Grove in West Lake Hills with his partners in 2006. They opened a second location in Lakeway in 2013.
“I’m excited about coming back to my old stomping grounds,” Clemons said.
Tapasitas closed last fall after less than year in business. It had followed the original tenant, Bar Mirabeau.
The arrival of the Grove, which, according to Clemons, has signed a lease for both ground-floor spaces in the Cirrus building, means the eventual departure of Restaurant Jezebel, chef Parind Vora’s fine dining restaurant located in a room in the back of the former Tapasitas space. Vora, who recently returned from ChefDance in Park City, Utah, has mentioned future travel plans, as well as the possibility of opening a restaurant on the main square in Lockhart.
The news of the Grove’s new lease comes on the day Vora and his boutique, menu-less restaurant will appear on the latest episode of Bravo’s “America’s Best New Restaurant,” as Vora goes head-to-head with the Los Angeles’ the Church Key. The log line from tonight’s episode:
“Two restaurants specializing in unique service models face off. The Church Key in Los Angeles entertains diners with its dim sum and drink carts, while Restaurant Jezebel in Austin promises customized menus for its diners. Will the restaurants live up to their creative concepts?”