The hip and sleek Line hotel just got a little funkier. The Sydell Group’s new boutique hotel on Lady Bird Lake opened Dean’s One Trick Pony today, a casual burger joint and bar serving sandwiches, cocktails and other bites.
The restaurant, which initially is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., is a sly nod to Austin’s past. Nightclub host Don Dean curated eccentric musical programming at Club Seville at the Crest Inn, which is now the Line. A newspaper headline declared that Dean was no one-trick pony, hence the name of this place that doesn’t intent to trade on old iconography or newly stylized stereotypes of Austin and Texas. Instead, the bar and restaurant looks to create its own vibe built around a hodgepodge of inspirations.
“Specializing in not specializing,” Sydell’s vice president of Creative & Culture and longtime Austinite Isadora McKeon said of the new spot, referencing a line that was associated with Dean’s club and musical selections.
The menu is crafted by the hotel’s executive chef, Justin Ermini, who has worked at Jean-Georges in New York City and most recently at Anatol in the luxury Las Alcobas in Mexico City, and includes burgers, fried chicken banh mi, crispy nuggets, crab Rangoon with Thai sauce, savory pies, Mexican shrimp cocktail and more.
“The kind of bar food you like to eat from all over the world,” McKeon said.
Longtime Austin barman Brian Floyd’s menu includes a watermelon juice and tequila cocktail, Captain Fantastic cocktail (his take on a Flor de Cana rum punch), assorted frozen cocktails and more, and pastry chef Ashley Whitmore is serving rotating soft-serve ice cream and pies.
McKeon says she hopes Dean’s One Trick Pony can fill in a niche that she believes needs more attention downtown: a fun, casual place where you can easily grab a chill meal or hang for cocktails.
“We’re trying to bring something that’s enriching to the community and particular the downtown neighborhood,” McKeon said.
Dean’s One Trick Pony is located on the ground floor of the property at the corner of Cesar Chavez Street and South Congress Avenue.