The 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards semifinalists list is here and four of its candidates call Austin home.
One of five recognition programs awarding restaurateurs, leaders and media professionals, the James Beard Foundation Media Awards have been running since 1991. Austin already boasts four James Beard Award winners: Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, who won in 2015; Paul Qui of East Side King, who won in 2012; Tyson Cole of Uchi, who won in 2011; and Diana Kennedy, an Austin-based cookbook author, in 1986.
For the first time, the James Beard Foundation will award the Best Texas Chef, a category that was announced in 2020 but had to be postponed after the 2021 awards were canceled due to accusations of bias. Previously, Texan chefs were listed in the best chefs of the Southwest category.
Austin may have nabbed four nominations but fellow big Texas cities got away with even more—Houston claimed nine nominations, while Dallas and San Antonio each made out with seven nominations.
Emerging chef nominees:
- Edgar Rico, chef and co-owner of Mexican eatery Nixta Taqueria.
- Amanda Turner, chef de cuisine of Southern restaurant Olamaie, which had seen three finalist nominations in the past.
Best New Texas Chef nominees:
- Damien Brockway, pitmaster and barbecue truck Distant Relatives owner.
- Iliana de la Vega, executive chef and co-owner of Oaxacan restaurant El Naranjo. This will be her third semifinalist nomination.
Finalists will be announced on March 16 before commemorating the winners during a June 13 ceremony at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
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A new look could be coming to a stretch of West Sixth Street as plans for a vertical mixed-use development move forward.
Current plans for the development aim to bring retail, office space and a hotel between 1110 and 1204 West Sixth St. Known as Clarksville, the redevelopment includes a courtyard and plaza with multiple five-story buildings surrounding the area.
This comes as the area sees increased activity—a recent report by the Downtown Austin Alliance noted total monthly visits on West Sixth St. in late 2021 surpassed pre-pandemic levels.
Earlier this week, the Austin Historic Landmark Commission heard an initial overview of the plans, as the project could possibly be in the Castle Hill and West Line historic districts.
The plan would also involve some demolition and reconstruction, though a number of current tenants could remain through that process, such as Woo Woo Burger, Swedish Hill and Wally Workman Gallery.
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Panoramic skyline views, natural light galore and a life of luxury—all things you can experience if you live in one of Austin’s famous downtown high rises.
Take a look inside these three condos that are on the market now.
This spacious one-bedroom, one-bathroom Four Seasons home comes complete with a rare oversized balcony–a could-be “second living room” that stretches to the bedroom–and views of the Austin skyline. Built in 2010, the condo has modern features throughout its 1,060-square-foot floor plan and offers special perks for being a top-floor resident: concierge, valet parking, the rooftop pool, roof service and housekeeping.
This listing is held by Alan Holt of Compass.
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at The Independent faces south, securing panoramic views of Lady Bird Lake and downtown from its floor-to-ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light. The 1,262-square-foot floor plan feels especially spacious due to the open concept floor plan and 10-foot ceilings. Forget the modern finishes, ample amenities, guest suites and location—you can wake up to views of the capital city every morning if you can afford to live here.
This listing is held by Natalie Kalthoff and Krystle Copulos of Compass.
Located at 70 Rainey, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo has an ample 1,697 square feet of space that you can make the most of with an open floor plan. Built in 2018, it has features like the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, hardwood European oak flooring, marble bathrooms, custom finishes, motorized window shades and Miele appliances give this home its luxurious feel. This condo’s price has dropped by a little more than $500,000, so now is the chance to live the luxurious lifestyle for a good deal.This listing is held by Leslie L. Thompson of Compass.
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