One of Austin’s most recognizable fine dining establishments has received a facelift. After purchasing Green Pastures last year with a group of investors, La Corsha Hospitality Group (Second Bar + Kitchen, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill) will reintroduce the South Austin restaurant on March 1 under the banner Mattie’s.
The rebranded restaurant pays homage to one of the Victorian estate’s original owners, Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk, mother of Mary Faulk Koock, who first opened Green Pastures in 1946.
Helmed by executive chef Joshua Thomas, a veteran of New York City restaurants Le Bernardin and Devi NYC and the former proprietor of an Indian food truck in Austin called Chaat Shop, the kitchen will focus on American classics, with nods to Texas and the American South.
Appetizers on the opening menu include Southern fixtures like pimento cheese, buttermilk biscuits and crispy okra chips, while the entrees, which average about $29 in price, include roasted chicken, pan-seared trout and flank steak. The cocktail menu, directed by Jason Stevens, will feature Southern-inspired cocktails and punches, including the beloved milk punch made with Koock’s original recipe.
Mattie’s also offers several areas for private dining and events, and the property, long home to weddings and other special occasions, will be expanded in the coming years to include a 99-room boutique hotel, the Faulk, set to open in 2018. And, yes, the famed peacocks still walk the grounds. (mattiesaustin.com)
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