Local Foods, part of a Texas restaurant group with five established locations in Houston owned by Benjy Levit and partner/culinary director Dylan Murray, has partnered with Austinite Martin Berson to bring the popular, chef-driven concept to the state capital later this year. Local Foods Austin is scheduled to open in late Summer 2020 in the fast-paced 2nd Street District of Downtown Austin, at 454 W 2nd Street on the corner of 2nd and San Antonio.
Austin-based restaurateur, Martin Berson, will oversee operations for the new location. Berson first partnered with Levit in 1995 to open the highly-acclaimed benjy’s restaurant in Houston, the first of Levit’s now multi- unit restaurant business. He then founded Snap Kitchen in 2010 and expanded the brand as CEO and President to almost sixty stores and kiosks before stepping back in 2017 to focus on new projects. Levit, Murray and Berson all attended The University of Texas making Austin the perfect place to grow.
Working again with architect Michael Hsu in collaboration with award-winning interior designer Aaron Rambo, the 4,500-square foot restaurant will feature two dining levels as well as a patio. Local Foods Austin’s menu will focus on locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Customers can expect high-quality sandwiches, soups, salads, chef driven entrees, and desserts with a curated selection of wines on tap and local beers.