For Jezebel, a Halloween resurrection

By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 10.01.12
Restaurant Jezebel will rise from the ashes on Halloween.
The fine-dining side of Parind Vora’s sprawling Bar Mirabeau campus in the Cirrus Logic building at 800 W. Sixth St. will open Oct. 31 with eight tables, a prix fixe menu and something for Austinites to argue about: a dress code.
Jezebel closed in 2010 after a fire at its original Congress Avenue location. The resurrected Jezebel will keep its French/Euro/Indian/tropical dishes with Vora at the stoves, painter Tom Darrah’s barenaked ladies on the walls and a range of New and Old World wines on its list.
What will be different is the ordering and pricing structure. The dinner-only menu will be a fixed-price choice of four courses for $85 or seven courses for $125. The four-course menu will include foie gras, and there will be vegetarian, vegan and lighter options with leaner proteins and less cream and butter. Caviar and cheese courses can be added for an additional charge. The seven-course menu includes cheese and caviar.
With only 32 seats, Jezebel will be an inner sanctum at Mirabeau, with its own kitchen and entryway from the main restaurant. Whereas Mirabeau is Austin casual, Jezebel will require men to wear jackets. In a city where long pants and closed-toed shoes can be a hard sell, that should be interesting.
Bar Mirabeau opened last week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that includes Carolina-style pulled pork, grilled pizzas, a gelato bar, a veggie burger with Indian pakora at its heart, house-cured bacon from chef Bill McGrory and a full bakery arsenal from pastry chef Michelle Antonishek.
Meanwhile, Vora's other Austin restaurant, Braise, closed over the weekend.
(Photo of construction at Restaurant Jezebel by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)