First tenants announced for Saint Elmo Public Market as construction officially gets underway


Officials with Saint Elmo Public Market—a future mixed-use development that will include a 40,000-square-foot public market, office spaces, 385 apartment units and a boutique hotel—announced Friday that construction was underway, releasing a list of its first official tenants.

Located in South Austin at 4329 South Congress Ave., the public market’s list of tenants includes Mignette, a bakery and modern diner; a butcher shop and restaurant by the owners of Salt & Time; and a retail location for Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company.

Saint Elmo Public Market is scheduled to open the spring of 2019, and more tenants expected to be announced this summer, spokesperson Jennifer Sinski said.

Mignette is a new dining project by Michael Fojtasek, the executive chef and owner of Olamaie in Downtown Austin. The neighborhood restaurant, bakery and takeaway counter will offer high-quality menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a news release by the development states.

The new Salt & Time location will be the second for owners Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler; the original can be found at 1912 E. Seventh St., Austin. The current location offers lunch, dinner and brunch reservations, and fresh-cut meats out of its butcher shop. The new location will also have an expanded list of products, including frozen foods and quick-to-prepare meals, the release states.

Dripping Springs based Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company will sell artisanal olive oils, according to the release. Owner John Gambini grows the olives used in the products on a family orchard.

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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