Bart Barlogie (son of the famous oncologist of the same name) and business partner Wilson Brandt are aiming for May to open their new upscale Mexican restaurant in Riverdale. The restaurant is called The Folde — like a taco folds, like bringing your friends into the fold; Fold without the "e" seemed "harsh," Barlogie said — and it's located in a space that once housed an Alltel fleet service station at 3501 Old Cantrell Road. Barlogie and Brandt purchased the lot in 2010; Barlogie said resolving city code issues held up progress.
Botanas — small plates, or "snacks" — are the focus of the menu, designed by Sonya Cote, chef of Austin's Hillside Farmacy, which Brandt co-owns. Cote will serve as a consulting chef; she'll visit quarterly or so to update the menu, Barlogie said. Joshua Fulton, sous chef, will run the kitchen on a day to day basis. Both Cote and Fulton are big believers in local produce and protein, Barlogie said. Mezcal will be the focus of the bar. All juice used for mixers will be handsqueezed.
The main dining area, which will seat around 75, will be in the former garage bays. The garage doors will be up in nice weather. A patio out front will seat around 15.
Alan Garcia Gonzalez, owner of another trendy Austin restaurant, Papi Tino's, is serving as a consultant.
The Folde will partner with Eatiply, a social good start-up that donates a meal to someone in need every time a patron purchases a meal from an Eatiply-supported restaurant. Barlogie said Eatiply would donate meals through a hunger-relief organization designated by the The Folde. Restaurant management hasn't picked that group yet.