Sway and La Condesa team opening downtown French brasserie Le Politique

The New Waterloo team has shown itself adept with Mexican (La Condesa), Thai (Sway), Japanese (Otoko) and American (Cafe No Se, Central Standard), and this summer will flex its French muscle. The hospitality group will open French brasserie Le Politique on the first floor of the Northshore hi-rise (110 San Antonio St.) this summer.

The restaurant will serve a menu that includes brasserie staples like trout amandine, escargot, and tarte flambée. Le Politique will also feature an extensive raw bar and a separate patisserie and coffee shop.

The husband-and-wife team of Derek Salkin and Alyssa Hurlstone will serve as the restaurant’s executive chef and executive pastry chef, respectively. Salkin comes to Austin from Pao, New Waterloo and chef Paul Qui’s collaboration with the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. He has previously worked at  Jean Georges, The Modern, Thomas Keller’s Per Se and The French Laundry, and Joël Robuchon Restaurant at the Mansion in Las Vegas.

Architect’s rendering of the Northshore, the home of Le Politique, built at the site of the former Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant in downtown Austin. (Credit: Gensler Austin)

“My inspiration for the Le Politique menu is a quote from Julia Child’s memoir: ‘The kind of food I fell in love with was not trendy, souped-up fantasies, just something very good to eat,’” Salkin says. “Our menu will feature French classics that people crave simply because they are satisfying, generous and familiar. That’s what people want to eat, and that’s what I love to cook.”

Hurlstone also comes to Le Politique from Faena and previously served as pastry chef de partie at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry.

Le Politique, its name a nod to Austin’s role as the state capital, will serve lunch, brunch and dinner in a 9,000-square-foot space that also includes a 2,400-square-foot patio. For more information, visit lepolitiqueaustin.com.

In addition to the brasserie slated to open this summer, New Waterloo also recently announced it will open Italian restaurant and sandwich shop Il Brutto in East Austin this summer.  

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