Salt & Time Holding Out for St. Elmo Public Market

“If it goes through, we definitely want to participate.” 
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Salt & Time, the rustic, farm-to-table East Austin eatery, is holding out to open a spot at the St. Elmo Public Market development at 4329 S Congress, according to a recent report in Eater. The development has reportedly been delayed for years due to the pandemic, changes in ownership, and other unexplained factors. 

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“It’s a little ambiguous on our end,” Salt & Time co-founder Ben Runkle tells What Now Austin. “We haven’t received communication from the landlord in over a year. It’s really up to them.” 

Despite the delays, Runkle assures that the Salt & Time team would be prepared to join the market.

“If it goes through, we definitely want to participate.” 

When the development does finally build out and open, it will certainly be one of Austin’s most exciting new spaces. 

“The market will offer a complementary combination of specialty food shops, such as creameries and bakeries to full-service restaurants and diners,” Groundfloor Development describes on their website. 

“A central focus of the market will be the very best of what Austin has to offer in local vendors. The build-out will highlight the old building’s thoughtful and beautiful details (such as high transom windows that allow in the perfect amount of sunlight) while the vendors will uncover America’s built by hand legacy. Saint Elmo is committed to creating an artful and beautiful place where people will enjoy their lives and Austin’s local culture.”

Photo: Official

Paul Soto

Paul Soto is a freelance writer. He is a graduate of Syracuse University's MFA in Creative Writing and lives between the U.S. and Portugal, where he is working on his first book.
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