Laura Sawicki and Rene Ortiz of Launderette.
Contributed by Launderette

The best new restaurant in America apparently isnít here in Austin. At least according to the James Beard Foundation. Popular East Austin restaurant Launderette from chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki was one of six finalists, but Israeli restaurant Shaya in New Orleans took home the award Monday night in Chicago. In quasi-related news, Ortiz recently made a whirlwind visit to New Orleans to do research for Mr. Mcís Neighborhood Grocery, his recently opened grocery next to Launderette, where he serves muffulettas.

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