Health-conscious Picnik opens restaurant and bar in South Austin

Owner Naomi Seifter discovered several trends early on in Austin, opening her health-conscious restaurant that catered to specialty diets, Picnik, in a shipping container on South Lamar Boulevard in 2013.

She expanded her healthy eating brand that focuses on plant-based, gluten-free and refined sugar-free items to North Austin in 2016. On Tuesday, she opened her first brick-and-mortar location in South Austin in the mixed-use building. at 1600 South First St.

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The restaurant offers a menu with familiar Picnik bowls, salads, sandwiches and Texan-inspired comfort food made with ethically sourced meats, as well as its own butter coffee and bone broths. South First Restaurant is Picnik’s first restaurant to feature a full bar, serving cocktails with a “functional twist” that include adaptogens (lion’s mane, chaga, etc.) and superfoods.

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A Pitaya margarita is made with dragon fruit and raw honey at Picnik on South First Street.

The new Picnik, which has a walk-in window, is initially open 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, but will add a coffee bar, lunch and a weekend brunch service on July 5. Underground parking is available, with Picnik offering validation for two hours.

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