A pub that will open in a mixed-use complex on Rainey Street in late September plans to have some of Austin’s favorite things — comfort food items with Asian and Latin flair, tiki cocktails and 40 craft beers on tap.
Anthem and its "borderless menu" is the vision of Anthony Hitchcock, an Austin native who had been wanting to open a restaurant in his hometown and found a fit in one of the city’s most popular entertainment districts. Anthem will be the first local concept for Hitchcock’s Omaha-based Flagship Restaurant Group, which he co-owns.
The bar and restaurant opening in the Millennium Rainey Street development, on the northern end of the street, serves as Hitchcock’s homage to the diversity of food he tried in his childhood growing up in Austin, according to a news release.
Anthem "pays homage to the exuberant freedom of being young and the eclectic group of friends I had in my days here in Austin. We all came from different backgrounds — growing up on dumplings and casseroles, okra and brussels sprouts, hoisin and aioli — but we always found a common ground," Hitchcock said in the release.
Dishes at Anthem include brisket rangoons and shishito pepper queso. Hitchcock’s favorite item is the Coastal Fish and Fries, with Sriracha ketchup, mashed mint, edamame, Chinese grain mustard aioli and malt vinegar.
The cocktail menu is similarly varied but focuses primarily on tropical offerings like the Kegged Mai Tai, which comes in a Chinese takeout box. Because of Anthem’s Asian influence, there is a small selection of sake and shochu bombs as well, such as the seasonal Autumn Bomb with Takara Ikkomon Sweet Potato Shochu and amber beer.RELATED:Where to enjoy tiki cocktails in Austin
Enjoy these in a lounge-like space marked by velvet-lined booths, tropical wallpaper and hanging lanterns. Anthem will also feature a mural of Hamilton Pool designed by two local artists, Jason Archer and Josh Row of Show Goat Mural Works.
Anthem will be open daily at 11 a.m. once it debuts later this month at 91 Rainey St. For more information, visit eatdrinkanthem.com.
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