Exclusive: Olamaie opening fast-casual concept, Mignette, at St. Elmo Public Market

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One of the city’s best chefs is taking a more casual approach to his second concept. Olamaie chef-owner Michael Fojtasek, a James Beard finalist this year for Best Chef Southwest, will open Mignette at the St. Elmo Public Market in South Austin next spring. The restaurant will be one of several concepts announced today. For more on those, check out Statesman business reporter Gary Dinges’ story.

Chef Michael Fojtasek at Olamaie on May 9, 2017. (TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Fojtasek, whose Olamaie has earned top restaurant honors in the city from the Statesman two of the last three years, will take his same farm-to-table approach to the all-day restaurant, bakery and take-away located in the indoor-outdoor market at 4329 S. Congress Ave.

Simplicity and sustainability will be the hallmarks of the locally sourced ingredients used to build a menu that will include classic Southern meat-and-three dishes, sandwiches, baked goods as Sothern staples like and biscuits and gravy. Yes, Olamaie-level biscuits available all day. Mignette will also sell packaged meals for grab-and-go convenience.

“Mignette, another restaurant with a family name, will be sunny and fun, but also soulful and delicious,” Fojtasek said in a statement. “It’s a chance for the team to let our hair down and play with the same ingredients and ideas of Olamaie, but in a light and casual way. St. Elmo Marketplace is going to be a special place. I can’t wait to work in Austin’s version of the San Francisco Ferry Building.”

For more on St. Elmo Public Market, head to MyStatesman.com.


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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