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Épicerie Café + Grocery || Sarah McIntosh Austin, Texas

July 23, 2013

Sarah McIntosh provides a new Café + Grocery in Central Austin

Épicerie is a casual restaurant & grocery nestled on Hancock Street in Austin’s Rosedale neighborhood. The 60-seat cozy cafe specializes in French & Louisiana inspired cuisine and is the brainchild of Sarah McIntosh. While it just opened it’s doors in January 2013, Sarah comes to the neighborhood with many years of cooking & experience from refined restaurant kitchens like Ad Hoc, Olivia and Jeffrey’s.

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While epiceries are very common in France and Europe and serve as a neighborhood community center for gathering, they are also common in Southern Louisiana where Sarah grew up. That is exactly why her dream was to always create a gathering place for people. “I think epiceries in general have a lot of soul and heart, and that’s really what we wanted to create here. We wanted to have really great food that doesn’t have to be really high end, but really delicious and really thoughtful.” This place is just that. People can walk up for a coffee and baguette, or stay for an afternoon and for a beautiful meal.

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Épicerie is first & foremost a restaurant offering lunch and dinner, featuring a delicious selection of soups, salads, snacks, sandwiches and entrées. Plus, brunch on the weekends. And, as a market + grocery style cafe, it also offers customers a selection of nearly 60 cheeses, a dozen charcuterie meats and a handful of fresh pastries everyday. Sarah also stocks the market with an impressive, hand selected, variety of  artisan products, such as sweet honey, gourmet jams, American sea salt, fine wines, handmade soaps and a number of other gourmet goods such as coffee and spices. “All of these products are things that I really love and have learned about working in kitchens across the nation,” she says. “I wanted to bring them all to one place, and I’m glad that I finally get to do that here.” If meats or products aren’t what you’re looking for, customers can always walk-in for local brewed coffee and simply order from the more casual counter-service to sit or go.

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The interiors of Épicerie are stunning and undeniably beautiful. Sarah brought her dream to life by collaborating with Michael Hsu and his Office of Architecture, a firm known for designing beautifully architected restaurants like Olivia, Uchi, Sway, P. Terry’s and a number of other Austin hospitality concepts. You’ll see why Hsu is so sought after when you walk into this 1930s-style bungalow house and notice the impressive features, yet subtle details in things like light fixtures, colors, counter tops, and dining room furniture. 

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What’s on the summer and fall schedule for Épicerie  and what’s keeping Sarah energized? The thing that get’s Sarah most excited is simply teaching others. Whether it’s educating her customers on quality product, introducing them to new foods or offering staples that keep them coming back wanting more and new options. {And bringing friends.}

As far as finding her inspiration and the new offerings she’ll provide into the fall, we’ll she often finds that inspiration when she’s most hungry and itching to expand from the known. So stay tuned for what she creates next. And stop by the market and enjoy the delightful & cozy cottage on Hancock Street.

Now you know that if you’re looking for a place to grab a bottle of wine, get some cheese, hang out and spend all afternoon, you’ll want to find yourself at Épicerie. And if you want to know my opinion, try the Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie … 

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Epicerie | Cafe + Market |2307 Hancock Drive |Austin, Texas 78756 | 512-371-6840

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