Chicon opens tonight in the former Gardner space

Red and yellow beets with grapefruit yogurt at Chicon. (Credit: Kate LeSueur)
Red and yellow beets with grapefruit yogurt at Chicon. (Credit: Kate LeSueur)

Less than a month after they closed their veggie-centric fine dining restaurant Gardner, restaurateurs Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart have rebooted the space to create Chicon. The more casual restaurant is a sister restaurant to the duo’s popular Contigo, which serves ranch-inspired cuisine in East Austin.

Chicon, which opens Monday night, will serve many wood-fired dishes, along with cocktails, beer and wine. The menu includes sharable small plates like goat and gnocchi with parmesan, black pepper and tomato broth ($13) and entrees like a 36oz T-bone steak with fried onions, potato soubise sauce, chimichurri, burnt onion crème fraîche, red wine butter, and escarole with toasted garlic.

The bar, which is now included in the space of the main dining room will serve cocktails such as the New Delhi Mule, made with vodka, grapefruit, ginger beer, honey, and cardamom ($8) and the Concombre, made with tequila, cucumber, lime, and jalapeño ($9). The restaurant is open nightly from 5 p.m.

“I am excited to make the food my family, team, and friends and I love to eat,” says Chef Wiseheart. “We’re using simple, quality ingredients from places like Dewberry Hill Farms, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Windy Bar Ranch, Black Hill Ranch, Springdale Farm, and more.  Chicon, like Contigo, has been designed to allow for what we hope will be a fun and inviting experience, think of it like your neighborhood dining room.”

For menus and more information, click here.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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