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Restaurant Jezebel fire

According to Austinist, Restaurant Jezebel caught fire this morning, causing about $150K in damage.

I've never been, and now I wonder if I never will...

http://austinist.com/2010/07/26/food_...

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Restaurant Jezebel
914 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

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  1. If they reopen, I will definitely go. The restaurant deserves the business and the "animal rights" nuts deserve bastinado.

    1. Such a tragedy. That was my favorite place for a special occasion meal. Hope they can get it back like it was

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      1. re: amykragan

        This is such a tragedy that brought tears to my eyes. I had the most delicious salmon with chocolate there just a month ago to celebrate the milestone birthday of my friend. I'm going to keep that taste in my mouth forever. wish Vora strength to deal wit his, and Austin's, loss!

      2. Gaaaaaaargh! We planned on going there this week! I think I'm gonna cry. :(

        Where else can we get our foie gras fix in Austin?

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        1. re: addlepated

          Maybe check out one of Parind's other joints. Simplicity up on Burnet or Braise over on e. 6th. He can use the business either way.

          1. re: scrumptiouschef

            Yes, I just called Braise to offer up condolences and ask if they would be serving up any of Jezebel's dishes. The chef I spoke with said that all the food at Jezebel was a total loss - that just walking from the door to the back of the restaurant yesterday had him smelling of smoke after. But he said that they might look into serving some foie gras at Braise if they could get it in, and he took down my info. I'll post here if I hear back. So sad for them. He said they couldn't speculate as to the cause of the fire but couldn't rule anything out at this point. If it was activists I wanna go medieval.

          2. re: addlepated

            Aquarelle lists it on the menu, but never had it.

            Had some at Olivia just last week, with watermelon and thai chili, which sounds odd but worked really well. Olivia changes the menu a lot though, I don't see it listed right now.

            1. re: willtryanythingonce

              http://www.austin360.com/blogs/conten...

              1. re: scrumptiouschef

                Hey guys, my brother Andrew is the chef at Jezebel with Parind. Please go support them at the other places. They are going to get Jezebel back up and running, so don't give up on the yet. Its going to take some time, but they will be back and better than ever. I know they are just torn apart by this and are having a bad time and making some of the hardest decisions one can make about a business they love. Like I said....show your love and go to Simplicity and Braise they need it....and pass the word.

                1. re: extrastiver

                  Headed to Simplicity tonight! I didn't even realize it was one of Parind's restaurants until I read it in this thread. I guess I missed the thread about them a while back.

                  1. re: extrastiver

                    thanks for the info, extrastiver.
                    it's clear that it's a much-beloved place so i wish your brother and parind the best.

                    1. re: extrastiver

                      Extrastiver, please let all your Jezebel friends know how much Austin food lovers adore and support that restaurant. I had one of the best birthday dinners of my life there last year. While I already visit Simplicity quite regularly, I will definitely make it a point to visit Braise for the first time this weekend, and I will urge my friends to do the same.

              2. Terrible news. Major loss for Austin. Please come back soon Jezabel!

                1. Wow, what terrible news. Jezebel was also my go-to place for an occasion meal, and I always ordered to foie gras, too. I do hope there is a nice insurance settlement and Jezebel re-opens soon. My condolences to the owner.

                  1. does anyone have an update?

                    have you been to braise or simplicity, and if so, what did you enjoy?
                    inquiring minds want to know.

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                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                      I think I read a news report saying that Jezebel will likely not be open until after the new year.

                      We've been both to Braise and Simplicity and ordered lots of items from each. I loved almost everything I had, although I'd have to dig through the menu to remember specifics. The only thing I remember not loving was the watermelon at Simplicity, since it had cilantro in it.

                      1. re: addlepated

                        According to the Austin American Statesman this week, they will NOT reopen in the original location. He's looking for a new space. It was cost prohibitive to repair and bring the burned place up to code.

                        1. re: amykragan

                          good to know.
                          hopefully people will know enough to visit, even though it's not in the same location.

                    2. for anyone interested, i saw this on the website:

                      Join us for JEZEBEL NIGHT at Braise on Tuesday October Nineteeth when Chef Parind Vora will prepare a five course dinner. Follow Braise's link below for more information
                      http://www.braiseaustin.com/Braise/We...

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                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                        photo below taken through window of Jezebel

                         
                      2. We went to eat at Braise the other night and I came away with two Jezebel-related tidbits -

                        First, they'll be doing another Jezebel night this July.

                        Second, they will not be reopening Jezebel per se, but Parind Vora will be opening a place called Parind's on West Sixth with a very similar feel to Jezebel. Prix fixe was mentioned in regards to the menu. I can't wait to get my foie gras on!