Capitol-area standbys shuttered, Mirabelle sold, and artisanal ice cream
Austin restaurant pro Brian O'Neill has finally struck out on his own, buying Mirabelle (8103 Mesa Dr.) from Michael Vilim and his business partners. The sale was finalized last week, and Vilim closed the restaurant on Oct. 4. Mirabelle reopens on Oct. 11, but O'Neill assured us regulars need not worry about drastic changes. "The bones here are strong – we're just bringing some new love to the place. We'll be taking care of all the events that are already scheduled through the end of the year, and we'll be open for Sunday brunch and dinner by November 1," he reports.
To mark 10 successful years in business, juice entrepreneur Matt Shook has changed the name of the two Daily Juice outlets (at 1625 Barton Springs Rd. and 2307 Lake Austin Blvd.) to JuiceLand. Conveniently located near the hike-and-bike trail, Zilker Park, and Lady Bird Lake, JuiceLand will continue to offer fresh juices and smoothies made from organic fruits, herbs, and vegetables, and it will now feature expanded menus with salads, gluten-free options, and raw superfoods.
South Austin pie lovers will be pleased to hear that Jaynie Buckingham is in negotiations to bring her Cutie Pies trailer back to South Congress. We'll keep you posted on her progress. Meanwhile, drop by her Burnet Road shop.
The enterprising Macias brothers have taken what was a nondescript strip mall known only as the home of the Horseshoe Lounge and turned it into a genuine culinary destination. First, they opened a larger, more sophisticated version of El Mesón (2038 S. Lamar), followed by Bryce Gilmore's wildly popular Barley Swine earlier this year. Now comes news that an artisanal ice cream shop called Lick is about to open, and will serve what we're told are truly remarkable ice cream flavors handcrafted from organic Texas milk and cream, as well as seasonal fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Chronicle contributors Claudia Alarcón and MM Pack lunched at El Mesón recently, and chef Marisela Godinez insisted they stop at Lick to sample some test batches created by ice cream wizard Anthony Sobotik. Based on their rave reviews, Lick is destined to be a big hit.