Perla’s operators open Joann’s Fine Foods at revamped Austin Motel

Perla’s operators open Joann’s Fine Foods at revamped Austin Motel

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Two hospitality powerhouses have joined forces for the newest addition to the South Congress dining scene. McGuire Moorman Hospitality, which operates Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe and several other restaurants, has opened Joann’s Fine Foods (1224 S. Congress Ave.) at the Austin Motel, which Liz Lambert’s Bunkhouse Group renovated and rebooted earlier this year. The all-day restaurant connected to the legacy motel takes the place of the former Snack Bar.

MMH co-founder Larry McGuire says he took inspiration from classic cafes like Magnolia Cafe and the late great Las Manitas, as well as California diners, for the menu and vibe of the retro chic restaurant and bar named after Lambert’s mother.

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