2400 East Cesar Chavez Street in Austin was once a mid-century industrial warehouse occupied by a local bottling company. Now, the address is known as Juniper—a new northern Italian–inspired restaurant in Austin’s Holly District that joins a host of eateries that line the street.
The renovation into an upscale contemporary restaurant was born from a collaboration between chef Nicholas Yanes and Austin-based studios, Sanders Architecture and Cravotta Interiors. As per Yanes’s request, the two studios were tasked with designing a space to bring the energy from the kitchen directly into the dining area.
To accomplish that, concrete beams and timber joists from the original structure have been left exposed within the 18-foot high dining space. Meanwhile, a floor-to-ceiling glass and steel wall that looks onto a courtyard facilitates a sense of openness.
This transparent theme prevails into the kitchen and bar. At Juniper, the kitchen is viewed as a “culinary stage” and guests are able to see Yanes’s team prepare dishes and drinks. Those eager to get closer to the action can sit at one of the 12 “chef’s counter” seats for a full-on view.
2400 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX
Designers: Sanders Architecture and Cravotta Interiors