Opening date postponed for East Austin restaurant Rosewood
Update: Rosewood’s opening has been delayed indefinitely due to an accident in the kitchen. A statement from reps for the restaurant below:
The Austin Fire Department responded to an alarm at Rosewood at 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday caused by an issue with the heat barrier between the open wood fire grill and the back kitchen. When the grill was turned off and cooled with water, the resulting smoke set off the alarms. Everyone was evacuated from the building and no one was injured. Thanks to the city’s ace Fire Department, the issue was identified immediately and there was minimal damage to the restaurant. The restaurant’s opening will be delayed in order to make the necessary modifications to the heat barrier, and we will announce the new opening date soon.
East Austin will be getting a taste of South Texas and the coast beginning next week. Helmed by executive chef Jesse DeLeon, Rosewood will open for dinner service at 1209 Rosewood Ave. on Tuesday (May 15).
The restaurant, which was born of DeLeon’s Victoria Provisions pop-up with partners Chas Spence and Clark Evans, will serve a menu of reinterpreted regional dishes such as poached shrimp with black garlic salsa and quinoa, blue crab with guacamole, suckling pig porchetta, whey-braised lamb and more.
DeLeon, who recently served as chef de cuisine at Geraldine’s and has worked at cornerstone Austin restaurants Zoot and Vespaio, will source from Gulf fishermen and Hill Country farmers and ranchers and intends to butcher in house.
General manager and sommelier Jeb Russell will oversee a bottle list, with prices ranging from $26 to $90, that focuses on family-owned wineries like Texas labels McPherson Cellars, William Chris Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, and Rosewood will offer 16 wines by the glass. The beer menu will also celebrate Texas brands, like Austin Beerworks, Big Bend Brewing Co., Blue Owl Brewing, Jester King and more, and the restaurant will also offer a full bar with specialty cocktail menu.
The restaurant in the Victorian building that sits at the hillrise intersection of Rosewood Avenue and East 11th Street was designed by Austin architect Mark Odom (no relation), and the 19th century building features a multitude of seating areas, from a wrap-around porch to a chef’s counter, bar area and dining room.
Rosewood will initially be open 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with brunch and lunch service to be added this summer.