Mongers Market + Kitchen Headed for E. Cesar Chavez This Summer
Fish monger and chef team up to deliver boat prices - tableside
By Virginia B. Wood, 3:00PM, Thu. Jan. 2
Fish monger Roberto San Miguel built his reputation selling fresh Gulf seafood from a farmers' market booth while chef Shane Stark honed his skills at such local eateries as Kenichi and the Paggi House. Now they are joining forces to bring fresh, affordable Gulf seafood to Austin diners.
In the summer of 2013, the partners announced their intentions to open a casual cafe and fish market on Austin's east side in 2014. San Miguel touched base this week to say that the builder and developer are scheduled to begin construction next week, leveling the existing building at 2401 E. Cesar Chavez and creating a new structure that will be home to Mongers Market + Kitchen, hopefully by early summer.
San Miguel told us he and chef Stark will focus on the best and freshest seafood the Gulf has to offer, offering guests a selection of cut-fresh-daily raw fish to take home and cook for themselves or a daily changing blackboard menu of specials prepared by the chef. "Making things affordable for people is really important to us. There are so many working people in this town who can't afford to go our for a $150 seafood meal. Our goal is offer boat prices, tableside," San Miguel explained.
San Miguel also reports they've recently discovered the property has an existing garden area that will be available, so now he's thinking about a beer garden with an outdoor grill for small special events. Look for Mongers Market + Kitchen to open in the summer of 2014.