Roaring Fork to Open Second Location at Quarry Lake, Northwest Austin

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Contemporary new lakefront location with rustic touches showcases Bold American cooking and wood-fire techniques.

People can relax, yet be pleasantly surprised at every visit.

Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso, founders of the Roaring Fork, part of the Eddie V's Restaurants Inc,, announced the opening of Austin's second Roaring Fork restaurant at 10850 Stonelake Boulevard, situated along Quarry Lake in Northwest Austin. The latest Roaring Fork, with its open layout and spacious outdoor deck, is slated to open in early April.

This is the second new Roaring Fork,, to open in Texas over the past nine months, with a San Antonio opening in June of 2008.

For those familiar with the Roaring Fork at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel in downtown Austin, the new restaurant will provide the same award-winning wood-fire cooking, bold flavors and hallmark service, yet in a dramatically different setting that takes advantage of its idyllic natural backdrop. The 7,600 square-foot contemporary building is set upon piers and situated within a canopy of trees, offering panoramic views of the lake from most every spot inside and out. Natural elements and textures such as raw masonry, exposed mill-finished steel and warm wood detailing merge with clean architectural lines, extensive glass and operable window "walls" that open to the deck. The result is a blend of the refined and rustic.    

Evolution in Style
Roaring Fork's latest architectural design is a stylistic evolution of its mission to deliver comfortable, innovative wood-fired dishes in an atmosphere where guests can unwind. "When we saw this location, we were immediately excited about its potential. This space will transport guests, while still feeling very much at home with dishes they love, surrounded by Austin's natural beauty in a contemporary framework," states Larry Foles, co-founder of Roaring Fork. "People can relax, yet be pleasantly surprised at every visit."     

The new Roaring Fork will seat more than 200 guests inside and over 100 on the spacious patio. Beyond its waterfront location, special features include an exhibition kitchen visible from most points throughout the restaurant displaying the wood-fired rotisserie and grill, a cherry butcher block bar and tables and hand-crafted red leather booths and chairs. Rich wood flooring extends from the interior through the expansive glass walls and out to the deck. The patio deck will include two fire features, enhancing the seamless outdoor/indoor dining experience.

Executive Chef Harold Marmulstein will lead the kitchen at the new Roaring Fork. Marmulstein, an Austin resident, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a track record of acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta and Baltimore on his resume. Before joining Roaring Fork in 2003, he was chef-owner of Dick & Harry's in Atlanta, a contemporary American restaurant, where he mastered wood-grilled cooking techniques of seafood, game and meats.

Christen Werth, formerly general manager at the downtown Roaring Fork, joins the Quarry Lake location as general manager. Werth has more than 14 years hospitality background, including six years with the Four Seasons Austin, and is going on three years with the Roaring Fork.

Roaring Fork's signature dishes such as the Kettle of Green Chili Pork, Rotisserie Chicken Flatbread, Slow-roasted Pork Shoulder Carnitas, Cedar Planked Salmon, Spit-roasted Half Chicken, the Green Chili Mac and Cheese and, of course, the "Big Ass" Burger will all be available.

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