Former Parkside executive chef Nathan Lemley and his partner, chef Sarah Heard, have purchased Foreign & Domestic Austin from founding chef Ned Elliott. Both chefs are also alumni of the North Loop restaurant that Elliott opened in 2010, with Lemley serving as Elliott’s original sous chef.

Chefs Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley are the new owners of Foreign & Domestic Austin. (Contributed)

“It’s pretty much every  chef‘s  dream restaurant: Small, open kitchen, cool neighborhood, adventurous clientele,” Lemley and Heard said in a text message. The partners say they have small changes planned for the restaurant that will keep the same name and general look, but judging by their early Instagrams, it seems diners should expect thoughtful contemporary bistro fare. “We love the concept, but we’ll put our own touches on the food and service,” the  chefs said. Elliott told Eater Austin that he plans to open a Foreign & Domestic in his native Cincinnati next summer, as well as one in Houston later in the year. When Ned Elliott and his then-wife, Jodi Elliott, veterans of restaurants such as Per Se, Gramercy Tavern and Bouley in New York, opened the restaurant in a former skateboard shop and homebrew store in 2010, they were at the cutting edge of the food scene in Austin, bringing national trends like nose-to-tail dining to a city that was at the cusp of becoming one of the nation’s darling upstarts. The restaurant, which had an early menu featuring items like bone marrow croquettes, crispy pig ears, venison heart tartare and sublime popovers, earned Statesman restaurant critic Mike Sutter’s nod for best new restaurant in 2010. In addition to elevating what Austinites could expect not just from restaurants but specifically from a neighborhood restaurant, Elliott also celebrated young talent from around the country, for several years hosting the annual Indie Chefs Week, a week of collective dinners from rising star chefs from across the world. Jodi Elliott currently operates Bribery Bakery in the Wells Branch neighborhood, and recently closed her shop at Mueller.