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Our COVID-19 Response

As more information has presented itself, it has become obvious that we all need to spend a little time apart from each other for our community’s safety. Even with this said we all need to nourish ourselves. For those of you who know us, we pride ourselves on serving the highest quality product sourced from Texas and our local farmers. We will be closing our dining room until further notice. We believe we can still serve you great food safely to-go, while continuing to partner with our farmers who depend on us.

As a team we already stop our day and deep clean our kitchen multiple times, however here are some extra precautions we are taking:

Not working sick.

Practicing Social Distancing outside of work.

Asking all guests to pay over the phone.

Washing our hands whenever soiled, or at least once an hour.

Having Hand Sanitizing gel available to all staff members.

Utilizing single use utensils that are pre-packaged.

Sanitizing contact surfaces like door handles, hand rails, sinks, and phones.

Keeping multiple spray bottles of 70% alcohol available to sanitize surfaces.

As always, we will continue to conform to health department regulation, and also insisting all staff members who feel unwell to remain home. Please continue to check our social media pages for updates about the food we will be serving, and our hours. If you have any questions please reach out to us at emmerandrye@gmail.com

We now offer multiple dining options, both with us and at home. We are offering a pre-fixe menu inside, a contactless patio picnic, and meal kits for bringing the Emmer experience home.

We wouldn’t be here without you all.

About Us

  • Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the off season. When you visit the restaurant, check out our larder to see vinegars, pickles, and brines bubbling away.
  • There are two ways to dine with us. One is off the menu which offers small plates, pastas, and desserts, which are all meant to be shared. In addition to our printed menu, guests can also order directly off circulating carts that stop by during their meal to try 'dim sum' bites. These nightly specials will be described tableside and range in price from $4-$12.
  • Emmer & Rye is a carbon neutral restaurant. We work with Zero FoodPrint to help offset our carbon emissions.
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Why Emmer & Rye?

Emmer wheat was collected from the wild and eaten by hunter gatherers for thousands of years before it became one of the first domesticated crops. It was was once popular, but has fallen out of contemporary favor. The flour has an earthy, slightly spicy flavor with a rough texture and an aroma of mushrooms. Our love affair with emmer quickly spread to exploring other varieties of grain. We tried them in pastas and breads, changing ratios and diving into the nuances of these forgotten flavors. As we dove further into these relic grains, we knew we wanted to share them with others. We chose “Emmer” as a tribute to those sometimes overlooked ingredients that will speckle our menu here in Austin.

Chef Kevin had an opportunity to spend time in a kitchen in Copenhagen, and Denmark strongly influenced his views on food. It represented the celebration of produce at its peak, the reflection of vibrancy through a dish, and the utilization of acid and bitter just as much as sweet and salty. When you think of Scandinavia, you often think of the iconic rye bread, so “Rye” joined emmer.

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