Gardner closing, will reopen soon as new concept, Chicon

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Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart will close Gardner in March. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STAATESMAN)
Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart will close Gardner in March. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STAATESMAN)

Ben Edgerton and Andrew Wiseheart will close Gardner in March. (Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STAATESMAN)

East Austin restaurant Gardner will close on March 11, as partners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart change their restaurant’s concept.

The veggie-centric fine dining restaurant will morph into Chicon, a more casual establishment akin to the owners’ first restaurant, Contigo. The duo hopes to have the restaurant at 1914 E. Sixth St. open by the end of March.

The sister restaurant to Contigo will feature a wood-fired grill and will be designed by Kevin Stewart, with the handmade steel and cedar furniture expanding on the ranch aesthetic oft Contigo. Menu details, along with hours and staff, will be released in early March.

“With Chicon, my goal is to make the food that my team and I love to eat. We’re excited to make food for the every day. We’re still going to be using the same ingredients, have the same drive, and we seek to create a place that people in the neighborhood will love,” Wiseheart said.

Chicon will have an outdoor patio but the existing bar will be incorporated into the main dining room layout, making for a more cohesive and communal feel. Gardner will remain open for dinner service Monday-Saturday and Sunday brunch until the final night of service on March 11.

“We are fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to launch three businesses in our tenure. Gardner was the most ambitious of these three concepts, and it has been extremely rewarding to serve the people of Austin for the past year and a half,” Edgerton said. “Ultimately, our goal is to serve our community well, and we are excited to work diligently to transform the Gardner space into a new restaurant that will accomplish that goal.


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