Intero Ristorante will be a contemporary, Italian-inspired restaurant located in popular East Austin. Taking over the iconic Bud’s motorcycle building on Cesar Chavez Street, the restaurant will boast an 84-seat dining area, a beautiful outdoor garden and wait area, and ample parking for guests.
The Italian word “intero” translates to “whole” or “complete,” embracing the full concept of the restaurant through its unique utilization of locally raised whole animals and locally grown whole produce. The restaurant will offer a dynamic, seasonally changing menu that will include dishes such as smoked ricotta with semolina crackers, pumpkin risotto, chestnut pappardelle, and spiced goat.
The interior of Intero will reflect a modern sensibility, infused with the warmth of reclaimed materials. The fact that the whole—whether plant, animal, or material—will be used and fabricated by hand ensures that Intero will be sustainable and of the highest quality.
Intero will also feature a versatile chocolate program, pulling from the team’s unique expertise. Inspired by authentic café experiences found throughout Italy, the restaurant will display a prominent artisan chocolate counter in the front space. The business’s chocolates will range from Italian and classic flavors to sipping chocolates.
Intero will highlight a versatile beverage selection, including wines, beers, and coffees.
Husband and wife duo Ian Thurwachter (formerly chef at Vespaio and Jeffrey’s) and Krystal Craig (owner of Crave Artisan Chocolate) are launching Intero with a strong foundation in the culinary scene in Austin.
Ian was named among Austin’s “30 under 30” by Zagat in 2014. His experience in several established Austin mainstays led him to his most recent position leading the kitchen at Jeffrey’s. The experience has helped him develop Intero’s whole animal concept and has given him a keen sense of customer preferences.
Krystal, meanwhile, has been identified by The Austin Chronicle as a rising star in her role as chocolatier and entrepreneur. Her artisan chocolate company has built an impressive clientele of restaurants, hotels, and specialty retailers around the city. Crave’s existing business will be rolled into Intero, providing a base of existing revenue, strong relationships, and valuable marketing channels in the community.