Distant Relatives to Move to While Brewing in Southeast Austin
Damien Brockway showcased one of the best and most exciting new dining options of the year when he opened his Distant Relatives trailer in East Austin at the end of winter.
But Distant Parents will soon be on the move. The trailer will serve its final meal of the lot next to Leal’s Tire Shop on June 27 and reopen July 7 at While Brewing in southeast Austin, about six miles south of the trailer’s current location.
“The opening at Leal’s Tire Shop was an incredible introduction to Austin and a great opportunity to get your feet wet for an otherwise crazy year,” Brockway told the American-Statesman. “They took a chance on us and we helped each other and had a lot of fun together; it was always the plan to find a permanent home.”
Brockway, who has worked in gastronomy for most of the previous two decades, used his operation to explore the African diaspora’s eating habits. Smoked meats serve as a backdrop to the trailer, pork, beef and chicken punctuated by spicy, funky, and rich side dishes like green mango coleslaw, coconut cabbage with fermented seafood and black-eyed peas with burnt ends.
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The trailer has evolved since Brockway opened, as the chef who once eschewed the brisket in favor of the beef chuck introduced the popular Central Texas cut and other dishes to his menu (he serves it at the book and as the centerpiece of one of the best sandwiches in town, slathered with chili cheese and diced with pickled onions).
“Switching to While Brewing will give us the ability to grow even further, play with additional specials and new rotating menu offerings, as well as provide customers with ample seating, shade and access to amenities. and the atmosphere of live music to the regular lineup, “said Brockway.
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The chef, who ran the culinary operations of the Jester King Brewery after leaving the since-closed downtown Counter 357 gourmet restaurant, says While beers pair well with his food and he looks forward to collaborating with the team during that time.
Will Jaquiss, who arrived in Austin after working at award-winning Breakside Brewing in Portland, opened IPA-centric Meanwhile in October. As part of its unique offerings, While serves cocktails made with wine, sherry and home-brewed hard seltzer.