New Waterloo to Open Brasserie Concept in Downtown Austin
New Waterloo, the Austin-based hospitality group behind local favorites La Condesa, Sway, South Congress Hotel, and Hotel Ella, will further expand its diverse culinary portfolio with the summer opening of Le Politique, a French brasserie, patisserie and coffee shop.
Located in downtown Austin, Le Politique will serve lunch, brunch, and dinner in a 9,000-square-foot restaurant that features a spacious indoor dining room, large bar and lounge, and 2,400-square-feet of wraparound patio seating along the corner of 2nd Street and San Antonio. Its name, which translates to ‘The Politician,’ is both a nod to Austin’s roots as a capital city and an homage to Texas and French politicians, past and present, who have roamed these very streets.
“With Le Politique, we are working to create a relaxed yet bustling neighborhood staple located in the heart of the new Green Water redevelopment, one of Austin’s most ambitious downtown mixed-use projects,” says New Waterloo Partner Patrick Jeffers.
A traditional brasserie, Le Politique will offer a menu of classic French fare, including trout amandine, escargot, tarte flambée, and an extensive raw bar of oysters, clams, and lobster. An adjoining patisserie and coffee shop will feature a selection of housemade pastries and perfectly pulled espresso to-go.
Husband-and-wife team Derek Salkin and Alyssa Hurlstone will join the restaurant as executive chef and executive pastry chef, respectively. Salkin, who studied at the French Culinary Institute, most recently served as chef de cuisine of New Waterloo’s Pao, a collaboration with Paul Qui in Faena Hotel Miami Beach. His resume includes positions at Jean Georges, The Modern, Thomas Keller’s Per Se and The French Laundry, and Joël Robuchon Restaurant at the Mansion, a three Michelin-starred French restaurant located in Las Vegas.
“My inspiration for the Le Politique menu is a quote from Julia Child’s memoir: "The kind of food I fell in love with was not trendy, souped-up fantasies, just something very good to eat,’” Salkin says. “Our menu will feature French classics that people crave simply because they are satisfying, generous, and familiar. That’s what people want to eat, and that’s what I love to cook.”
Hurlstone, who will oversee Le Politique’s pastry program and patisserie menu, studied at the French Pastry School in Chicago and previously served as pastry chef de partie at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry. Most recently, she held the position of pastry sous chef at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, where she developed and helmed the pastry program for Pao.
Le Politique will be located on the first floor of Northshore on San Antonio Street in Austin, a high-rise development that features 439 luxury apartments, 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 28,000 square feet of creative offices currently occupied by co-working space, Galvanize. Directly across the street are Google’s new Austin headquarters, set to open its doors this summer. Local architects Clayton & Little will oversee architecture and interior design for the Le Politique project.
Le Politique joins Il Brutto, an East Austin Italian restaurant and sandwich shop, in New Waterloo’s lineup of restaurants slated to open this summer.