One of Austin’s most admired restaurateurs is expanding its Texas comfort food empire further into the suburbs.
Jack Allen’s Kitchen, chef and owner Jack Gilmore’s drooling, southwest-inspired restaurant, will open its fifth location in Cedar Park this summer. Located at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd. In the Ranch Shopping Center from 1890, the new Jack Allen’s represents the northernmost location of the concept, a step brought about by continued growth in the region.
“We’ve watched Williamson County’s growth over the past few years and we’ve always been on the lookout for the perfect location in Cedar Park. We are known for turning existing restaurants into something that feels a bit like home, ”says co-owner Tom Kamm, adding that we jumped at the opportunity to open an outpost in Cedar Park .
Construction on the new Cedar Park restaurant will begin in early April and will consist of demolishing the building that used to be a steakhouse to the ground and converting it into the quirky, homely and undeniable Texas style for Jack Allen’s is known.
Jack Allen’s plans to hire 100 people from Cedar Park begin in early summer. No wonder when you consider Gilmore and Kamm highlight the importance of sourcing local produce both in the kitchen and in the community and all of its restaurants. In fact, Jack Allen’s Cedar Park is Gilmore and Kamm’s seventh restaurant (who also own Salt Traders Coastal Cooking), and once it opens their restaurant group will employ more than 700 people in central Texas.
“For years, our guests and employees asked when we were coming to Cedar Park. So we’re really excited about the opportunity to show our gratitude through food and bring the Jack Allen’s Kitchen experience to this community, ”says Gilmore. “The most attractive part of Cedar Park is the people. Having met the people of Williamson County, we can say without a doubt that this is a community that we want to belong to. “
Anchoring the space in the 6,500-square-foot Jack Allen’s Cedar Park will be a huge bar, and outdoor seating (a must if you’re devouring homemade allspice cheese and sipping Jack’s Mexican martini) will wrap around the front and side of the building. And in the true form of Jack Allen, the restaurant is decorated with reclaimed structural elements that scream Texas and unique art from locals George Hampton and Larry DeLacretaz.
While Jack Allen’s comfort food favorites are on the menu at the new location, the restaurant will also add new menu items and cocktails as well as a range of daily specials.
When completed, Jack Allen’s kitchen in Cedar Park will be open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.