A partnership led by developer Greg Porter has purchased longtime Austin fine dining and events stalwart Green Pastures (811 W. Live Oak St.).
La Corsha Hospitality Group (Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen) will begin operating Green Pastures immediately and have plans for a major restoration of the home, kitchen, and grounds of the restaurant that Mary Faulk and Chester Koock opened in 1946.
“We have every bit of confidence that they will carry on the traditions of southern hospitality and attention to detail that our families have offered for the past 69 years,” Green Pastures owner Bob Buslett said.
Green Pastures will honor their slate of scheduled events, with restoration expected to begin in approximately six months. The new owners are planning a second phase of growth in the future, which will include a boutique hotel on the property.
“The opportunity to preserve and enhance such an important Austin establishment is a gift,” said Porter, manager of AC 811 Manager, LLC. “The history of Green Pastures and its prior owners deserve to be celebrated and we intend to maintain the integrity and character of the property for future generations to enjoy. This project is a big responsibility and an important part of both the neighborhood and the city of Austin. I can think of no better partner in this pursuit than La Corsha Hospitality Group.”
Joshua Thomas will serve as the new chef for Green Pastures. Thomas will continue with the culinary traditions of the old restaurant and transition “to develop the new concept and menu which will reflect the tastes and trends of Austin,” according to a release. Previous Green Pastures chef Keith Karp has moved to the kitchen at Second Bar + Kitchen.
Thomas, who began his career under chef Eric Ripert at the world-renowned Le Bernardin in New York City, most recently owned and developed Chaat Shop, an Indian street-food concept in Austin. Thomas displayed his cooking skills at a Chaat Shop pop-up dinner at Congress in February.
The original house at Green Pastures was built in 1895 by local minister E.W. Herndon. Henry Faulk purchased it in 1916 as a family residence, and his daughter, Mary Faulk Koock and her husband, Chester Koock, converted it into the Green Pastures restaurant in 1946. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.