Domain restaurant owners plan new cocktail lounge


The owners behind The Park at The Domain are planning a cocktail lounge that will feature edible drinks.

Greg Bodle said the new lounge, called Somersault, is expected to open at 11601 Domain Drive, Ste. 200, at the ground floor of the Aloft Austin Hotel by the end of March.

Using familiar ingredients such as coconut, coffee and grape, Bodle said they will present cocktails in a new form. The edible cocktails, some of which resemble upscale Jell-O shots, will have ingredients that are approachable and straightforward, he said. One example is a rum and Coke shot that uses a Mexican-style Coke, candied lime wedge and a Pop Rocks–type candy.

Patrons will choose their edible cocktails from a display case or order a flight to try several at a time, Bodle said.

“Molecular cocktails have been on our radar for a while now,” he said.

The 2,500-square-foot space will seat 65–80 people and cater to groups and parties. Bodle said it will be connected to The Park by a walkway. He and the other co-owners, Jeff and Darren Vandelden, did not want to create a new space that would compete with The Park, so they opted for an idea that would stand out.

“It’s meant to be fun and different,” he said.

Somersault will have a regular cocktail menu that will incorporate flavored foams or pearls made out of other liqueurs such as Grand Marnier. Bodle said they have been working on recipes and ingredients and will move toward getting the presentation just right.

“It will have this artisan handmade feel to it,” he said.


11601 Domain Drive, Ste. 200


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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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