Las Vegas nightclub veterans opening Eastern Mediterranean lounge-restaurant downtown
A new restaurant that looks to blend clubby vibes with flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean will open later this month at the border of downtown and the West End.
Devil May Care, which will be located in the former Sophia’s (and before that Bess Bistro) space at 500 W. Sixth St., is operated by Nova Hospitality, a group headed by Jack Zimmermann. The veteran of the Wynn Resorts’ XS and Tryst nightclubs in Las Vegas has teamed with executive chef Jon Oh, who has worked as executive chef at Scarpetta in New York and as culinary director for New York restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian.
Oh’s relatively tight menu at Devil May Care includes tuna crudo with ras al hanout and salmon crudo with everything spice; a small grains and greens selection; a handful of grilled entrees (scallops, beef kofta) and a section of large-format dishes like branzino and lamb shank served with an assortment of Persian rice, pickles, hummus and other Eastern Mediterranean side dishes meant for groups of eight to 10 people. .. the wine list will include one-of-a-kind varietals from Lebanon, Greece and beyond.
The space, which transforms into a late-night lounge after dinner, is designed as an “art-filled, underground hideaway,” according to a release.
“While Austin has an impressive food and beverage scene, the team and I felt like the city was ready for something different, a break from the ordinary. With Devil May Care, we found an opportunity to wow people on all fronts: food, beverage, design, music and hospitality,” Zimmerman said. “With all that we do, our focus is on quality and guest experience, and we are excited to offer a unique, never-before-seen concept to locals and tourists alike.”
Devil May Care will be open 4:30 p.m. to midnight Sunday-Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.