When people talk to me about the type of concepts they wish were more plentiful in Austin, Greek cuisine is always near the top of the list. And, for a state that borders the Gulf of Mexico, it always seems like we don’t have quite enough solid seafood concepts.
Well, both of those issues will be getting some attention with the arrival of Simi Estiatorio, a seafood-centric Greek restaurant slated to open in spring 2020 in the Littlefield Building at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue.
George Theodosiou, a restaurateur with a long history in New York City with a resume that includes Old Homestead and Peter Luger Steak House, arrived in Austin last year and recognized the city’s need for a traditional Greek offering. His restaurant will present a menu with grilled octopus, skewered scallops, grilled sardines, marinated swordfish, seafood orzo and more, along with a wine list of more than 200 labels that will include Greek and American wines.
Expect a Mediterranean-inspired space with whitewashed walls, white upholstery and bleached-wood accents from Joel Nolan of Nolan Studio in the space that was the home of Italian restaurant Due Forni until 2016. In addition to the 150-seat dining room, Simi Estiatorio will also offer patio dining later in the spring for 60 people. Daily service will include lunch and dinner, along with weekend brunch.