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Bess Bistro to Close: Updated
New concept will replace long-running restaurant
" announced today that it will close its doors. Bess Bistro, the below-ground sister to Walton’s Fancy and Staple..."

Sept. 4, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Bess Bistro on Pecan
After one visit, you won't be returning for a chance glance at Ms. Bullock
"...Bess Bistro on Pecan..."

Feb. 9, 2007 Food Review by Claudia Alarcón

First Look: Fork & Vine
Fine dining on West Anderson
"...but as a veteran of downtown kitchens (Hickory Street, Bess Bistro), he lamented his neighborhood's lack of options for..."

Jan. 5, 2015 Food Post by Adrienne White

Bess Bistro on Pecan
Check out Bess for the welcome atmosphere, friendly and efficient service, and well-executed menu with something for everyone
"...Bess Bistro on Pecan500 W. Sixth, 477-2377 Monday-Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday,..."

Sept. 24, 2010 Food Review by Claudia Alarcón

Austin Eats Is Now Bigger and Better Than Ever!
If these choices aren't enough for you, we don't know what is
"...Austin, and support our local food production movement. Newcomers Bess Bistro..."

Oct. 8, 2010 Music Feature by Claudia Alarcón

Cuisine From Spain, Salt From Iceland, Whiskey From Scotland
This past week, the best things came in a sequence of three
"...My wife and I had dinner at Bess Bistro a few times, back in the day, and..."

Oct. 31, 2019 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Sophia’s
Classic Italian eatery needs far less flash
" escape those traps. The bones of former occupant Bess Bistro are largely kept intact, as is the imposing..."

Dec. 2, 2016 Food Feature by Brandon Watson

Sushi film nets award, food trailer troubles, chefs scramble, and a mysterious hiatus in this week's food news
"...The kitchens at both Bess Bistro (500 W. Sixth) and Walton's Fancy and Staple..."

June 24, 2011 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

West Sixth Street is abuzz with delicious options, and more foodie news
"...American regional cheeses, and breads from Moonlight Bakery. At Bess Bistro (500 W. Sixth, 477-2377,, new Executive Chef..."

Aug. 13, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Restaurant Roulette
The 10 you clicked
"...Bess Bistro on Pecan Bess is a favorite for good..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Food Feature by Anne Harris

The Take-Out
To be real
", the casualties are becoming a little more noticeable. Bess Bistro was on my list for a new review,..."

Sept. 25, 2015 Food Column by Brandon Watson

Mulberry Closes, Lenoir Expands
Daily Austin food news
"...• Hot on the heels of the news that Bess Bistro would close after nine years, Mulberry (360 Nueces)..."

Sept. 8, 2015 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Pastries, pastries, pastries
"...plated desserts being created by Karina Akhavan (formerly of Bess Bistro and Walton's Fancy and Staple). The plated dessert..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Food-o-File: Friday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
"...• At Bess Bistro (500 W. Sixth), new chef Roman Murphy is..."

Sept. 26, 2014 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Chef Janelle Reynolds Competes on 'Chopped' Tuesday Night
Watch party scheduled at Willie G's Steakhouse
"...before becoming sous chef and finally executive chef at Bess Bistro...."

Sept. 23, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Austin Eats: The Lineup
"...Bess Bistro on Pecan..."

Sept. 16, 2011 Food Feature

Hot Sauce Fest Cooking Demo Tent
"...on Texas cuisine, first at his much-missed Little Texas Bistro in Buda, then as executive chef at the Gage..."

Aug. 26, 2011 Food Feature by Claudia Alarcón

A Trio of Mediterranean Dining
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly get any shawarma, right?
"...terrace) that it makes the building's former incarnation as Bess Bistro seem pedestrian by comparison. What an elegantly curated,..."

Sept. 4, 2020 Food Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Review: Phoebe's Diner
New daytime dining hot spot hits the '04
"...the Winebelly team, chef Camden Stuerzenberger (Fork & Vine, Bess Bistro, South Congress Cafe) opened Phoebe's Diner (named for..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

First Look: Sophia's
Old school meets new in old Bess Bistro space
"...pewter bar. The space, formerly home to Sandra Bullock’s Bess Bistro, features an open-concept dining room and a covered..."

Aug. 31, 2016 Food Post by Lauren Jones

Congress Restaurant to Close
Daily Austin food news
"...Fork & Taco both suddenly shuttered, joining St. Philip, Bess Bistro, Mann's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Mulberry, Fino, Jezebel, and Live..."

Dec. 15, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Isla Switches Gears, Emmer & Rye Starts Brunch
Daily Austin food news
" fine-tuning its menu with the help of former Bess Bistro chef Roman Murphy, who has been named chef..."

Nov. 19, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Changes at Swift’s, Growth at Confituras
Today’s Austin food news
"...for dinners from Barley Swine chef Bradley Nicholson and Bess Bistro chef Roman Murphy are coming soon. Full details..."

Sept. 16, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

First Look: Bullfight
Shawn Cirkiel's latest travels to Spain
"...currency in Austin soon (the new owners of the Bess Bistro location are reportedly pursuing the concept). If I..."

Sept. 11, 2015 Food Post by Brandon Watson

Zagat Reveals 30 Under 30 List
Young pros define Austin's hospitality landscape
"...Freedman's • Roman Murphy (28), executive chef/pastry chef at Bess Bistro • Bradley Nicholson (29), sous chef at Barley..."

Aug. 26, 2015 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Austin Lamb Jam
"...seeds, and rice crisp from Chef Roman Murphy of Bess Bistro..."

Feb. 24, 2015 Photo Gallery

Food Events
Mar. 29-April 1
"...dinner. Reserve by phone; $29. Tue., April 1, 6:30pm. Bess Bistro on Pecan, 500 W. Sixth, 512/477-2377...."

March 28, 2014 Food Column

Dinner Lab: You Never Know Where It’s Gonna Be, But It’s Gonna Be Real Damn Good
The stealthy supper club gives locals a taste of 'guerrilla cuisine'
"...supervision of Janelle Reynolds, former executive chef of downtown’s Bess Bistro and recent champion of the “Chopped” reality show...."

March 26, 2014 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Bug Up and Educate Yourself on Entomophagy
Saving the planet, one bug at a time
"...Chef Camden Stuerzenberger of Hickory Street (formerly of Bess Bistro, Walton’s Fancy and Staple, and South Congress Café)..."

May 29, 2013 Food Post by Jessi Cape

On the Beignet Trail
It can take you to the most surprising places
"...Surfer’s Bar, for brunch at the Paggi House, and Bess Bistro...."

Feb. 11, 2013 Food Post by Rachel Feit

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