The art of collaboration.
The art of collaboration.
One of the cornerstones of Austin’s creative culture is our willingness to collaborate. Whether it’s a chef and a ceramicist working together to create custom place settings, a technology company hiring a graffiti artist to spray paint an office mu- ral or a coffee roaster and beer company brewing up a new coffee porter, some of the city’s most interesting work happens when makers come together.
In celebration of this spirit, we profile local artisans and artists, bartenders and bike builders who are making things not only inspired by the city, but include ele- ments made or grown right here in town. Each of these makers crossed industries and asked locals to craft something that is truly “made in Austin.”
Housed in the former Romeo’s, Juliet is Austin’s newest home of Italian fare. From the interiors to insalate, this South Austin eatery is a collaboration with local firms including Clayton & Little Architects, Helms Workshop, Joel Mozersky Design, and Mark Word Design. Together with Chef Jacob Weaver, this powerhouse design team worked together to give owners Neeca Leitao’s and Dan Wilkin’s Mediterranean dream a decidedly Austin feel.
Helms Workshop, the design house behind such identities as Austin Beerworks, Frank, and Howler Brothers, tackled the identity for Juliet, crafting a retro-inspired logo that feels at home among the funky restaurants on Barton Springs Road.
Opened in July, Juliet’s kitchen is led by Chef Jacob Weaver (center) and Pastry Chef Carly Rossmeissl (left), both of whom have staffed the kitchens of local hotspots like Asti and Easy Tiger, respectively. Joel Mozersky (right), who also designed the newly-opened Lonesome Dove on Colorado Street, has crafted a Southern Italian-inspired ambiance with a chic Austin flair.
Expect craft cocktails and an impressive wine list housed behind the walnut bar in a temperature-controlled wine room. And make a note: Juliet serves magnum bottles of rosé during brunch.
Julianna Fry serves as executive bar manager of East Side Showroom, arguably one of Austin’s most respected cocktail lounges. For this drink, Fry sourced everything from spirit to garnish from in and around the city. The result was the Due Diligence, a dynamic summer cocktail that proves that “locally-sourced ingredients” should be on the drink menu, too.
No one should be afraid of a whiskey-based cocktail for summer, explains Fry. Using Swift, the Dripping Springs-based small batch Texas whiskey company, the Due Diligence is surprisingly light and perfect for afternoons on the porch.
Start by filling the mixing and serving glasses with ice and cold water. Next, spread the rib rub on a small plate. Empty the mixing glass and add the Swift, Paula’s Texas Lemon, and bitters. Fill with ice and give a long stir until drink is very thoroughly chilled. Empty the serving glass and rim the edge with the Rib Rub. Using a julep strainer, strain the drink into the prepared glass. Gently smack the basil against one hand over the glass to express its oils and lay it across the drink. Enjoy!
At home, Fry serves her cocktails in chic tumblers from East Side Glass Studio. Fry also works in conjunction with East Side Showroom Chef Samantha Bryan to source herbs from nearby farms. The fresh basil leaves used in the Due Diligence are from Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
Go beyond a simple salt rim when it comes to creating your own cocktails. For this, Fry likes to try a simple poppy seed and salt mix or Dai Due’s Rib Rub on the rim.
When you swing by Windmill Bicycles expect to do more than just talk bikes. In between questions about your riding needs, owners Aaron Goeth and Sarah Goeth may ask you to take part in everything from a karaoke session to a “hidden talent” talent show.
This custom Windmill Bicycle was built using a UK Coaster frame from the Austin-based Fairdale Bikes and includes thoughtful details like a hand-stitched leather saddle, and a customized U-Lock, leather U-lock holder, and grips. “They’re super pretty, but they [also] last forever,” Sarah says. And the accessories can be customized based on the rider’s need. In fact, Aaron recently created a custom six-bottle wine holder for a local sommelier.
Aaron hand built the shop’s ceiling using reclaimed wood from around the city. “Sarah just drove around looking for pallets,” explains Aaron, who enlisted friends to help make the store’s unique feature. “We just have fun,” says Sarah. “We want this to be a community space, not just a retail space.”
Sarah hand-stitched the leather seat to add a unique feature to this customized bike.
When we asked local artist Matthew John Winters to create a custom piece of work for this issue, he found inspiration in the stories of Juliet, Windmill Bicycles, and Julianna Fry. If his style looks familiar, it’s because in addition to his full time gig as Preparator at The Contemporary Austin, Winters has created original works for DWG Urban Landscape Architects, Car2Go, Yellow Jacket Social Club, and Dive Bar, and has participated in events including SXSW and East Austin Studio Tour.
Winters says his inspiration comes from the city around him. “There is a great sense of illustrative style [in Austin]. It’s a combination of pastoral road signs, simple flat colors and no nonsense imagery meant to get right to the point” explains Winters.
“Most of the wood I use is recycled/reclaimed,” says Winters. “In my day job I have a lot of scrap left over, and I’m always digging through it looking for great grain patterns unique knots … The Texas sun bakes in a lot of great textures in the paint and wood here.”
A St. Louis native, Winters has lived in Austin for more than eight years, and currently works out of the Cherrywood home he shares with his fiancée, Keaton and dog, Ernie.
Photography by Sarah Frankie Linder
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