The long-anticipated entertainment options are starting to come into focus for the Seaholm development in downtown Austin.
The first restaurant bound for the development will be a new concept from Jeff Trigger and chef David Bull, creators of Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen, two trendy restaurants in the Austonian high-rise.
Set to open by year’s end, the restaurant, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, is named after the location it will occupy in the historical former power plant on West Cesar Chavez Street.
It will span 11,000 square feet spread across four floors in the concrete-and-metal structure at the northwest corner of the former power plant, which is being transformed as part of a high-profile redevelopment that will include housing, offices, retail, office and public spaces.
The development will also include 280 condos, offices for Athenahealth and a Trader Joe’s grocery store.
Diners will have views from an observation deck and bar at the highest level, as well as an intimate lounge and dining experience in the lowest level underground by the original boiler room. The concept will feature three kitchens – including one with a wood-fire grill that will be open, allowing diners to watch chefs at work preparing food – and a bar on every floor.
“Boiler Nine will launch with everything in its favor, from its creators to a prominent place in the most iconic Austin building,” said John Rosato, principal with Southwest Strategies Group and managing partner for Seaholm Power LLC, the company leading the redevelopment. “We’re thrilled about everything we’re hearing that they intend to do, as it helps to enhance the vision and vibrancy we’ve set out to create sitewide.”
In addition to Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen, Trigger and Bull’s company, La Corsha Hospitality Group, has played a role in revitalizing restaurants at Austin’s Driskill Hotel, San Antonio’s St. Anthony Hotel, Dallas’s Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa and Big Spring’s Hotel Settles.
“In addition to the fabulous cuisine and beverage service planned throughout, Boiler Nine’s defining feature will be the sense of energy patrons feel within the seven distinct locations at the venue,” Trigger said. “The unique inside and outside drinking and dining spaces offer an exciting ambiance that cannot be duplicated anywhere. One might say it is both powerful and electric.”
Austin-based STG Design is the architecture firm selected to handle the project.
“This assignment has been a bit of a Rubik’s Cube, in that there are so many elements that are important to preserve and new ones to infuse,” said Jack Tisdale, a principal with STG Design. “Our task is to make sure we put everything together in a way that makes sense aesthetically and functionally.”