In the battle for dining supremacy, North Austin landed a major score today when it was officially announced that Barley Swine will close its original location when it opens at 6555 Burnet Rd. this fall. When the new restaurant opens , the old space will be used for private and special events through the end of 2016. Barley Swine announced the Burnet Road location earlier this year, but only today did they announce that the original location would close.
The new Barley Swine will also feature a new concept, as Bryce Gilmore and co. will serve a menu of small plates and offer a tasting menu. The new restaurant will be twice the size of the charming shoebox on South Lamar Boulevard and seat about 80 guests, including 20 on the patio and a Chef’s Garden Table.
“The added space gives my kitchen the ability to do more and that includes further supporting the farms in Austin,” Gilmore said. “Not only are we buying more locally, we are making more from scratch.”
Barley Swine will also feature a full bar for the first time, and source from local farms for its cocktail program. The restaurant is using its happy hour currently (Monday-Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) to introduce some a la carte items like fish caramel-glazed fried chicken and Wagyu beef tongue pupusas.
“We’re very excited to move into North Austin and hope our longtime regulars will come make the journey with us; and we’re also excited to meet new diners who never made the trek south,” Gilmore said.
For more on Barley Swine, read my interview with Gilmore from 2013, when I named Barley Swine the #1 restaurant in Austin.