Set to open early fall, Emmer & Rye will bring cuisine that is rustic and seasonally inspired to Rainey Street. Emmer & Rye will be the first contemporary American restaurant in Austin to offer dim sum service as part of their meal. Guests will be able to order items directly off of circulating carts in addition to ordering from a seasonally influenced menu that changes weekly. Helmed by Chef Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye will be located at 51 Rainey Street in the SkyHouse Building.

 

As owner and executive chef at Emmer & Rye, Chef Fink brings his fifteen years of culinary experience to Austin. Fink’s career achievements include cooking at 13 Gobbi in Florence, Italy; a season at Thomas Keller’s iconic restaurant, The French Laundry; and staging at Copenhagen’s Noma and Noma Test Kitchen. Most recently, Fink served as Director of Operations for award-winning Zona 78 Italian Kitchen in Tucson, Arizona, and Chef De Partie at Olamaie.

 

“I knew I wanted to open a restaurant in Austin because the culinary community is so supportive of each other, and Austin is a city that is truly community-focused,” says Chef Fink. “It was important to us that we find a place where we could have a menu and restaurant that is genuine to who and what we are.”

 

Influenced by the simplicity of Italian cuisine and the freshness of Scandinavian food, Emmer & Rye will boast a curated, weekly shifting menu with innovative craftsmanship that pays homage to local farmers. Guests will be able to experience the food in two distinct ways: they can order off a menu that changes weekly or partake in the evening’s small plates circulating in the dining room in dim sum service. This approach allows Emmer & Rye to focus on the bounty of Texas ingredients at their peak. The menu will feature a wide range of flavors and ingredients through dishes such as handmade pasta, bread, and empanadas featuring heritage grains milled fresh daily. In addition to dinner service, there will be late night offerings and brunch on the weekends.

 

“As a self described food geek, I want Emmer & Rye’s ever-changing menu and style of service to be a way to play with local flavors, push the kitchen to grow, and encourage guests to really have fun with food,” says Chef Fink.

 

Emmer & Rye will boast different dining options including bar seating, outdoor seating, a main dining room, and a private dining room. Austin-based architect Kevin Stewart has worked to create Emmer & Rye, which will reflect Chef Fink’s unique style and the Rainey Street atmosphere. Creative agency Rogers Design House developed the logo and branding, which pays homage to the hands-on approach of both the chef and restaurant.

 

Emmer & Rye will be located at 51 Rainey Street. For more information and updates on the opening, please visit www.emmerandrye.com or follow on Instagram @emmerandrye.

 


 

ABOUT EMMER & RYE

Helmed by Owner and Executive Chef Kevin Fink, Emmer & Rye will bring cuisine that is rustic and seasonally inspired to Rainey Street. Emmer & Rye is the first contemporary American restaurant in Austin to offer dim sum service as part of their meal, where guests will be able to order items directly off of circulating carts, along with a weekly rotating menu using local farm-to-table ingredients. Slated to open early fall 2015, Emmer & Rye will be located at 51 Rainey Street. For more information, please visit www.emmerandrye.com or follow on Instagram @emmerandrye.

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