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Jezebel, 2 other restaurants planned for new building on West Sixth Street

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Cirrus Logic's new headquarters, at 800 W. Sixth St., will have a cafe, a bar and Restaurant Jezebel, which serves French-Indian-Caribbean fusion fare. The building is set to open next summer.

The owner of Restaurant Jezebel, which closed after a 2010 fire, is planning to revive the upscale eatery next year in the new Cirrus Logic headquarters going up at 800 W. Sixth St.

Jezebel, which serves French-Indian-Caribbean fusion fare, will be one of three restaurants that Parind Vora is planning for the building, which is set to open in summer 2012. It will join a bar and grill and a coffeeshop, taking up about half of the ground floor.

"A lot of people have been pushing for us to come back," Vora said, "and this, I think, is a really great location."

Bar Ziño will seat about 200, Vora said, while Jezebel and Café Ziño will each have room for 60 to 70 people.

The bar and Jezebel will probably offer lunch and dinner, while the cafe's focus is expected to be breakfast and lunch, with a number of grab-and-go offerings planned.

Jason Rhode, president and CEO of Cirrus Logic, was a regular at Jezebel and played a part in persuading Vora to rebuild.

"I miss it a lot, and I'm not alone," Rhode said. "I thought it was the best restaurant in Texas by a wide margin. Nothing pretentious, formal or stuffy at all. Just way, way, way over the top, best food imaginable."

Rhode said executives at the semiconductor company decided early on that they wanted on-site dining options for their employees, but they also saw an opportunity to reach even more people.

"The space for the restaurant is really awesome, with this enormous deck outside our building, and it just seemed like a waste for it to be used only as a cafeteria during the day," he said.

Jezebel and its siblings will join a stretch of West Sixth Street that has seen several bars and restaurants come and go this year.

Union Park, 612 W. Sixth St., recently relocated to the Aloft hotel at the Domain in North Austin.

Its former West Sixth Street home will soon be occupied by 219 West, which is moving from West Fourth Street.

Nearby, the building that housed Katz's Deli , 618 W. Sixth St., is up for grabs after the well-known eatery closed its doors Jan. 1.

"Local, regional and national restaurants are competing for quality space," said Michele Gary, a vice president in the commercial retail division at the Weitzman Group, which has been involved in multiple real estate deals in and near downtown, including street-level retail at the 360 Condos, Fifth Street Commons and Bridges on the Park. "Restaurant opportunities are few and far between."

The Cirrus Logic building at West Sixth Street and West Avenue is in a prime spot, Gary said, within walking distance of the flagship Whole Foods store, the Spring Condominiums and HomeAway's new offices.

"The real estate is fabulous," she said. "This location should be a grand slam for everyone involved — Cirrus Logic, its employees, the new restaurants on the first floor, as well as the patrons."

Vora, who has been focusing his energy on Braise, a restaurant at 2121 E. Sixth St., is eager to join the mix.

"I don't think Jezebel is played out," he said. "It's not done evolving."

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