After almost two years in the making, The Hightower has finally opened its doors to the public from the minds of co-owners, Chad Dolezal and Victor Farnsworth. The burgeoning Austin neighborhood restaurant brings chef-driven cuisine with an affordable menu and high-quality service.
The easy to navigate menu leaves much of the dining experience up to the individual. Dolezal chose a very straightforward approach to the menu making all the dishes traditional entrée size. This deliberate choice was made so guests could choose their own adventure of sorts. Share a dish, or don’t; order one, then maybe a couple more if hunger still pangs. Dolezal’s philosophy is to make affordable ingredients and dishes equally, if not more delicious, than it’s expensive counter parts. Instead of using a dry-aged rib eye, Dolezal uses all-natural skirt steak, and instead of pork belly (once a cheaper cut) he uses pork jowl—which he believes is even more flavorful and flexible for presentation regardless of price.
It’s easy for foie gras and truffles to taste delicious, but we wanted to make our restaurant great for dining everyday; an affordable, neighborhood restaurant that makes delicious food,” Dolezal said of his menu design. “Keeping that mission in mind, we’ve worked hard to keep our menu in a fair price range but serve quality meals.”
“We wanted the restaurant to not just draw in the diners, but also those just looking for a great cocktail or beer,” Farnsworth said.
Farnsworth’s background extends into the luxury hotel realm where he learned all his tricks of the service industry trade.
“We also have a huge emphasis on the high standards of service,” Farnsworth said. “While we’re a casual, neighborhood restaurant, the service values in place are meant to make it really one-of-a-kind.”
Roasted Pork Jowl
The Hightower is a neighborhood, chef-driven restaurant serving modern, yet affordable cuisine and cocktails. Located 1209 E. Seventh St. the restaurant is open Tuesday – Sunday 5PM–Close with Happy Hour from 5-7 PM. For further information please visit www.thehightoweraustin.com. ‘Like’ on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheHightowerAustin. Follow on Twitter at @TheHightowerATX and on Instagram at @TheHightowerAustin
Photos By Courtney Pierce – www.courtpiephotography.com