Sam's Town Point
"...Austin restaurateur Reed Clemons originated the Warehouse District see-and-be-seen dining scene in the Nineties with his popular restaurants Mezzaluna and the Bitter End. Clemons left Downtown for the suburban success of wine bars in Westlake and Lakeway in the Aughts, but now he's back...."
"...Architect Dick Clark made a major impact on the look of Austin through his work for such local landmarks as the South Congress Hotel, 612 West, Fino, and Mezzaluna. But that didn't end with his death on Aug..."
"...Mezzaluna310 Colorado, 472-6770..."
"...That began to change in the Nineties when the first wave of destination restaurants opened. Restaurateur Reed Clemons opened Mezzaluna on Colorado Street in 1992 and almost single-handedly created a new "warehouse" district Downtown..."
"...Reed Clemmons, owner of the Bitter End Brewery & Bistro, the B-Side bar, Mezzaluna, and Reed's Jazz & Supper Club, has for months been vocally in favor of the smoking ban for the very same reason many of his Keep Austin Free counterparts oppose it: economic impact. Only one of Clemmons' businesses is eligible for a smoking permit under the current smoking ordinance, which states that businesses generating more than 70% of their overall revenue from food must be designated nonsmoking, unless they install an elaborate and costly ventilation and partition system..."
"...At press time, these restaurants had confirmed their participation in the Oct. 3 Fork It Over benefit: Aquarelle, Asti, Bitter End, Dolce Vita, Cafe 290, Emilia's, Granite Cafe, Güero's, Hudson's on the Bend, Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Mezzaluna Downtown, Mezzaluna Gateway, Ranch 616, Ella's, Si Bon, Starlite, Wink, Zoot, Hoover's, Curra's, and Ruby's BBQ..."
"...Within a few weeks, waits at the Granite topped an hour. The next year he opened Mezzaluna in an old warehouse space Downtown, effectively providing the main attraction in what would become the Warehouse District..."
"...He was an enthusiastic cook who had attended the Peter Kump Cooking School, and we hit it off and became friends. A few years later, after his success with the Granite Cafe, he recruited me to be the chef of his new venture called Mezzaluna..."
"...When Southwestern cuisine and open kitchens were all the rage, he had his first hit with Granite Cafe. The public's taste turned to pasta and designer pizzas from wood-fired ovens, so Clemons responded with Mezzaluna, where the swank, industrial interior; busy bar; and award-winning wine list helped develop a see-and-be-seen downtown scene in the nascent Warehouse District..."
"...I was already aware of Terra Verus. About six weeks before, I had gotten a phone call from Michael McGovern, manager at Mezzaluna..."
"...Reed Clemons is one of Austin's major restaurateurs. He owns Mezzaluna, the Bitter End, and part of the Granite Cafe..."
"...Live Oak, 444-4747) has hired Charles Bloemsma as executive chef. A CIA grad with extensive training in desserts and pastry, Bloemsma comes to the grand dame of Austin restaurants after stints at the Omni Southpark and the Cafe at the Four Seasons The San Gabriel Restaurant Group announces that Executive Chef Jose Allem is now supervising the kitchens at both Mezzaluna Gateway (9901 Capital of Texas Hwy..."
"...Third, 469-9722): This classy little spot in the refurbished Waterloo Compound at the corner of Red River and East Third opened in early December and is generating good word of mouth. Mezzaluna alums Michael McLaughlin and chef Will Packwood found some Dellionaire backing and turned this collection of historic downtown buildings into a lovely small restaurant (67 seats) with an inviting bar in the former carriage house (check out the huge wine list) and a private dining room for parties of 16-20 in the old Sunday house..."
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"...Mezzaluna (310 Colorado, 472-6770) has been one of Austin's busiest restaurants for years, regardless of who's been the chef there. Former Austinite Ed Behrhorst returned to Austin after long working stints in San Francisco and Houston and was snapped up by the San Gabriel Restaurant Group to take over the Mezzaluna kitchen..."
"...Over the years, restaurateur Reed Clemons has operated some of Austin's favorite Downtown places, like the Bitter End Bistro & Brewery, the B-Side bar, Mezzaluna, the Granite Cafe, and Capitol Brasserie. Those are all gone now, and Clemons has moved to West Lake for his latest creation...."