Food & Wine is excited about Hestia. The live fire restaurant from the team behind 2017 #1 restaurant in Austin, Emmer & Rye, is slated to open Saturday, and the influential magazine is already calling it one of the biggest openings of the year. That’s a lot to live up to.


Hestia made the list along with Rosalie Italian Soul in Houston and 17 other restaurants around the country. Check out the full list here. And for more on Hestia, check out below some of what we recently wrote in a preview of the restaurant that opens Friday. (It’s sister tapas bar, Kalimotxo, has already opened.):


The restaurant named after the Greek goddess of the hearth will center around a 20-foot hearth and serve snacks, small plates and large-format dishes with proteins like Texas beef, lamb and seafood.


The chefs and cooks will help deliver food to tables, spending time with guests and explaining the thought process behind the dishes and their execution. The format, somewhat akin to a chef’s table and not often seen in restaurants of Hestia’s size, will eliminate the barrier between chefs and guests and also empower the chefs, helping them hone tools beyond cooking.