Talk about walking into town with a bang! Searsucker did it with just the right amount of swagger last night by hosting a capacity crowd at this soon-to-be hotspot. Not your typical restaurant/lounge opening, this one also showed that the owners were ready to embrace our fair city by donating bar proceeds to Citizen Generation.
The early evening taste test and beverage sampling drew out Austin’s visible and beautiful set, who mingled in the eclectic setting. Tables full of charcuterie and cheeses were expertly displayed near the kitchen in an artful fashion, while servers passed trays of delicious buffalo chicken meatballs, juicy burgers and other offerings too enticing to deflect.
Celebrity chef/owner Brian Malarkey was on hand to meet and greet Austin’s finest. Affable and personable, Malarkey seems to get what Austin is all about…a place where people of different backgrounds and beliefs can congregate and coexist all in the name of good food…and good times.
Fellow chefs seem to ascribe to this feeling as well. We chatted with Chef David Bull, while recognizing CK Chin and other players on the city’s restaurant stage among the usual stew of creatives, techies, politicos, scenesters, and media moguls.
Spotted in the seasonably warm space were Alex Winkleman (of Citizen Generation) and Adam Zeplain, Dave Shaw, Erin Collier, Libby Tilley, Chris Tomlinson and Shalini Ramanathan, Jacob Stetson, Ian Carrico, Joanna Linden, Sofia Avila, and Shaady Ghadessy.
Another modern touch was the DJ who kept the crowd moving and grooving, a signature element to the restaurant, which has a running schedule of DJ’s slated to spin each month. We can’t wait to go back for dinner or brunch…maybe even this weekend for DJ Dan Gentile!
Kudos go out to Chef Malarkey and his powerhouse PR team of Sam Davidson and Amanda Sprague for an amazing launch. A great start indeed for what is sure to be a keeper on Colorado.