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Eastside Cafe sold to owner of Suerte, closing this month

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com
Elaine Martin was one of the co-founders of Eastside Cafe in 1988. [AURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

New East Austin and Old East Austin are blending, as Elaine Martin has sold Eastside Cafe to Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass. Eastside Cafe, a garden-to-table staple on Manor Road since 1988, will close on January 31. A longtime fixture in Austin’s dining scene, Martin will retire from the restaurant business.

“Serving the East Austin community is something that is incredibly close to my heart,” Martin said. “As I close the doors of Eastside Cafe, I’m inspired by all the memories made, food served and community encouraged in this house, and I’m excited to see the way Sam makes the space his own.”

Hellman-Mass opened modern Mexican restaurant Suerte on East Sixth Street last year, earning a rave review from me along with national media attention. The Odd Duck and Barley Swine veteran has not announced his specific plans for the East Austin institution but intends to keep it a restaurant.

“Elaine and Eastside Café have made an incredible impact on the city of Austin over the past 30 years,” Hellman-Mass said. “I’m truly honored to have the opportunity to put my heart and soul into what comes next. I want to thank Elaine for inspiring me and so many of Austin’s restaurateurs.”

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