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Comedor Restaurant

Austin, Texas

Comedor Restaurant

Austin, Texas

  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig

The design for this modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin establishes a protected urban sanctuary for Comedor’s progressive dining experience. Located on Fifth and Colorado, a busy intersection in Austin’s central business district, the new building takes a strong corner position to leave space for a protected open-air inner courtyard.

Quiet from the outside, inside visitors are transported to an urban oasis in the heart of Austin. A façade of dark brick interspersed with glass brick glows at night, piquing curiosity from the street, while screening interior spaces from direct view. The heart of Comedor is the interior courtyard which contains Palo Verde and Acacia trees and a small fountain. Over one-hundred-year-old exposed brick from the adjacent historical McGarrah Jessee Building lends texture and context to the courtyard, which opens to the elements to take advantage of Austin’s climate. The interior double-height, glass-wrapped dining space adjoins to the courtyard via four retractable guillotine window walls operated by hand cranks, allowing Comedor to open completely to the outdoors.

The driving idea for Comedor was a design that orchestrates between interior and exterior spaces. The protected inner courtyard allows the restaurant to open up completely during those great Austin nights, but also feel protected from the urban situation just outside. Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA

Team

Awards

2019

Eater Austin Awards, Design of the Year

Publications

2020

McKnight, Jenna. “Eclectic decor fills Eberly restaurant and tavern in central Austin.” Dezeen, 27 Jan. 2020. Web.

Olley, Cat. “Escape.” Elle Decoration UK, Feb. 2020, 155-159. Print.

2019

“Austin’s 2019 Eater Awards.” Eater Austin, 10 Dec. 2019. Web.

Chaudhury, Nadia. “Philip Speer’s Stunning New Modern Mexican Restaurant Is Now Open.” Eater Austin, 17 Apr. 2019. Web.

“Comedor Restaurant.” Archello, 17 Jul. 2019. Web.

Gangal, Sanjay. “Comedor Restaurant in Texas by Olson Kundig.” AECCafe, 19 Sep. 2019. Web.

Gibson, Eleanor. “Big glass box brings light into Olson Kundig’s Comedor restaurant in Austin.” Dezeen. 25 Apr. 2019. Web.

Gordinier, Jeff. “The Best New Restaurants in America, 2019.” Esquire, Dec. 2019, 57, 58, 60, 62, 64-66, 68. Print.

Kudryavtseva, Natalya. “Мексиканский ресторан в центре Остина.” AD Architectural Digest Russia, 7 Mar. 2019. Web.

Odam, Matthew. “Comedor’s sophistication is unmatched in Austin’s Mexican dining scene.” Austin American-Statesmen, 1 Nov. 2019, T1, T4, T5, T6, T7. Print.

Odam, Matthew. “Comedor’s sophistication unmatched in Austin’s Mexican dining scene: review.” Austin360, 30 Oct. 2019. Web.

Smisek, Peter. “Good Taste: New Restaurant Design.” Architonic, 25 Sep. 2019. Web.

Spezia, Karen O. “Comedor.” Tribeza Austin Curated, Oct. 2019, 118-119. Print.

Terrebonne, Jacqueline. “Austin Powers.” Galerie Magazine, Late Fall 2019, 60, 62. Print.

Terrebonne, Jacqueline. “Tom Kundig Designs a Spectacular Mexican-Inspired Restaurant in Austin.” Galerie Magazine, 21 Oct. 2019. Web.

Watson, Brandon. “Swanky Austin restaurant nabs Texas’ only spot on Esquire’s Best New Restaurants 2019.” CultureMap Austin, 13 Nov. 2019. Web.

Watson, Brandon. “These are the top 10 restaurant and bar stories that Austin ate up in 2019.” CultureMap Austin, 27 Dec. 2019. Web.

Watson, Brandon. “Where to eat in Austin right now: The best restaurants of 2019 so far.” CultureMap Austin, 8 Jul. 2019. Web.