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Lively Southern-style restaurant, Stella San Jac, scheduled to debut downtown Austin in Mid-July

Austin’s newest downtown restaurant will offer locals and travelers an exceptional, comfortable experience with locally inspired cuisine against a backdrop of live music

AUSTIN, TX (June 23, 2015) – Stella San Jac, an Austin-American inspired restaurant located on the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard and Fifth Street, officially announced it will be opening its doors on July 16th. Stella San Jac will serve an eclectic Southern menu inspired by the local community. Embodying the music, flavors and culture that define Austin, Stella San Jac will be a destination for locals and travelers alike with its approachable, healthy, locally sourced food prepared with multi-cultural influences.

The 150-seat restaurant features an open-kitchen and lounge where it will host local musicians on a weekly basis for restaurant guests to enjoy in a welcoming and lively atmosphere. To put the final touches on the restaurant experience, during the next few weeks, general manager, David Dickinson and restaurant manager, Ellery Cardone, are working closely together to handpick and hire more than 20 of Austin’s outstanding, personable servers, bussers and mixologists.

“We love the name Stella because it exemplifies all things Austin,” said Dickinson. “Stella means star in Latin and, for us, relates to the celebration of the Lone Star, which symbolizes Texas pride as an independent state. The restaurant also weaves in Austin’s love of music with design elements inspired by the American-built Stella guitar played by many notable artists in the 20s and 30s.”

The restaurant’s distinct Austin-American cuisine has a menu that features what are sure to be favorites including Blueberry Sweet Bread French Toast, Gulf Shrimp and Lump Crab Roll, as well as classics with a twist like Braised Short Ribs with Sweet Potato Mash and Green Apple Slaw. Of particular pride is the #16 Biscuits named after the number of batches tested to perfect its recipe.

Stella San Jac will also offer a full bar with handcrafted cocktails, local craft beers and distinguished wines. One signature drink to note is the Porthole Infuser, a cocktail infused with special herbs and spices. Only 10 infusers will be made daily using a unique piece of equipment and will be served on a first-come-first-serve basis.

“We want to ensure we have crave-able fresh cocktails that everyone is stopping by to enjoy. I believe every cocktail should be a nice balance of fresh herbs, fruits and local spirits,” said Cardone. “We are hand-picking some of Austin's best mixologists to execute our cocktail menu. They will help create seasonal cocktails and infusions for an ever-changing menu.”

“I am excited that we are opening a restaurant that will represent Austin’s growing culinary scene. Stella San Jac will be a cool place to hang out and relax,” said Dickinson. “I want it to be a place where foodies and beverage aficionados are proud to go, but where everyone feels comfortable with warm and sincere service.”

Stella San Jac will be open Sunday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant will also serves guests daily in its unique lounge space between the hours of 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. To learn more information about Stella San Jac visit www.facebook.com/StellaSanJac.

To inquire about a position at Stella San Jac candidates can reach the restaurant’s director of human resources, Danielle Petri, at (512) 358-4506. In addition, candidates can email their resume to Danielle.Petri@whitelodging.com.

About Stella San Jac

Stella San Jac is a Southern-style restaurant located on the ground floor of The Westin Austin Downtown at 310 East Fifth Street in Austin, Texas. Stella San Jac offers an eclectic Austin-American menú creatively constructed to be approachable, healthful and locally inspired. Open Sunday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Stella San Jac and it’s unique lounge have the capacity to serve 150 guests.

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