Founding Barley Swine and Odd Duck partner opening Mexican restaurant in old Dario’s space in East Austin

People have long wondered what would become of the old Dario’s space at 1800 E. Sixth St. We now have our answer. 

Chef Sam Hellman-Mass, a founding partner of Barley Swine and Odd Duck, has purchased the space and will convert it into Suerte, a Mexican restaurant centered on house-made masa dishes using heirloom Central Texas corn. As with the two restaurants he helped build, Hellman-Mass will source locally, using seasonal ingredients from local farmers. The chef also intends to renovate the existing structure.

Sam Hellman-Mass is a former partner in two of the city’s best restaurants. (Photo credit: Suerte)

“We are so excited to join the East Austin community. Over the past few years I have really fallen in love with Mexican flavors and the quest for perfect masa. So far the search has led me to New York, San Francisco, Mexico City, Oaxaca, the Yucatan and more,”Hellman-Mass said. “I’m not sure only one perfect tortilla exists, but I am certain that our team is going to make some delicious food inspired by our travels. We can’t wait to share a bit of our journey and welcome everyone into our place.”

Longtime East Austin Tex-Mex staple Dario’s closed in 2014. Founder Dario Gonzalez and his sons still operate Don Dario’s Cantina at 8801 S. I-35 in Southpark Meadows.

Correction: A previous version of this headline incorrectly called Hellman-Mass a former partner in Odd Duck and Barley Swine.


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