Maybe this should be in Hardhat Report, but I decided to make it its own thread as I think it's a pretty significant opening and I don't want it to be buried by posts about Torchy's latest location or a new 5 Guys burgers.
I'm really excited about trying it - Keeping my fingers crossed!
From the website, Contigo Austin will open May 7, 2011. It's east, very east - on 38 1/2 Street out past Airport Blvd. Folks that have been to the soft openings say that it's mainly an outdoor restaurant and that it's relaxed (think dog friendly, with horseshoes and washers play areas).
Here are a few quotes from the website to paint an early picture.
We like to sit outside. We like to drink beer... and margaritas. We like to eat good food. We like relaxed atmospheres with friendly service and warm hospitality. So... that is what we strive to offer at Contigo Austin.
We describe our fare as "Fresh, Quality, Bar Food." We make things that we like to eat. We make things that go well with beer. We make bar food utilizing the freshest ingredients we can find.
We have been entertaining people at Contigo Ranch for over 30 years. It is the countless hunting trips, weekend retreats, cattle roundups, barbecues, parties, horseshoe and washers tournaments, and pachangas that serve as inspiration for this restaurant. Our goal is to offer the community a place to relax, commune, and enjoy great food.
Our goal is to offer the best bar food in Austin, with a focus on fresh ingredients and the culinary expertise of Andrew Wiseheart. Our menu will consist of "beer snacks" that can be shared by the table (white bean dip w/ duck fat, fried fresh jalapenos, seasonal crostini) as well as more substantial entrees (goat tacos, hamburger, veggie sliders, house made sausage, rabbit & dumplings). In addition, we will cure a variety of meats in house
Contigo Austin has a full bar, with a focus on Whiskey and Tequila.