Just because his 34th Street Cafe has proven a favorite among neighborhood residents and West Austinites for 25 years doesn’t mean owner Eddie Bernal is too set in his ways to know when it’s time for a shale-up.


The longtime Austin restaurateur has given his New American cafe near the medical center a face-lift and chef Paul Petersen, who has seen his role increase at the restaurant in recent months, has rebooted the menu.


Petersen, a Culinary Institute of America alumnus whose time in Texas has included running Little Texas Bistro in Buda, a Statesman Top 10 restaurant in 2005, has created a lunch menu that includes a salmon bowl with quinoa and arugula, a venison burger with Jones Ranch venison on brioche roll, and daily specials like chicken enchiladas. New dinner entrées include risotto with sage sausage, which recalls the chef’s risotto at Little Texas bistro, and redfish with roasted fennel. You can check out more new dishes on the restaurant’s Instagram page.


In addition to the menu updates, the space has been brightened and modernized by Austin-based Sparrow Interiors, and the cafe now features a wine bar and community table.


34th Street Cafe (1005 W. 34th St.) is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.