Kindling Texas Kitchen sets opening date in Cibolo
CIBOLO — Kindling Texas Kitchen, the new Cibolo restaurant from veteran Austin chefs Gwyn and Justin Hammerson, has set a Dec. 8 opening date.
The opening menu is a primer on Texas and Southern cooking, with starters like cornbread and shrimp in gumbo sauce, entrees like pork belly with plum barbecue sauce, pan-seared snapper with Carolina rice and grilled chicken with hoppin’ John, and desserts like pumpkin pecan pie and red velvet cake.
A full bar program includes eight craft cocktails, Texas beers and more than 35 wines from around the world.
The Hammersons are veterans of some of the best restaurants in Austin, including Barley Swine, Juliet, Lenoir and Asti Trattoria. But their sweat equity in Kindling goes far beyond the menu. The restaurant is a showcase of craftsman architecture, carved from the former homestead of a distant relative of Justin’s.
The Hammersons finished all the lacquered wooden tabletops themselves and restored vintage chairs throughout the dining rooms, including church pews they found at a flea market.
The ceilings include Edison bulb fixtures Gwyn crafted from grapevines, along with chandeliers she made with vintage beer and pop bottles. Justin built the long wooden bartop with seating for eight, as well as a long chef’s table sawn from a single piece of heartwood that seats 10.
The hours will be 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with plans for Sunday brunch in the near future. Kindling Texas Kitchen is at 209 N. Main St. in Cibolo, 210-957-0158, Facebook: @KindlingTexasKitchen.
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