For years, we’ve had tacos, barbeque and beer down in Austin. What was harder to find, though, was a touch of refined but casual elegance in our local food scene. Thankfully, Larry McGuire, Austin’s culinary boy wonder, has gotten it just right once again, articulating exactly what we wanted before we even knew quite what that was. His newly-opened Josephine House is bright and lovely and captures what’s best about the new Austin: stylish and sophisticated, but still easy and relaxed, and most of all, delicious. Think intensely-flavored, but fresh and light salads, sandwiches, soups, savory tarts, big plates and bar snacks, easy-sipping cocktails and decadent, flaky, buttery pastries, all served up with the meticulous attention to detail for which all McGuire Moorman establishments are known. After a long lunch of a hearty three grain salad with herbs, butternut, and kale, and fragrant, warm pastured pork meatballs, prepared by Josephine House chef du cuisine Jen Jackson (accompanied by a perfectly crisp and minerally white wine, and followed by pastry chef Alex Manley’s strawberry galette with cornmeal crust & chamomile ice cream) we sit down with Larry to talk entrepreneurial beginnings, culinary inspiration, and the power of positivity.
*photography by thomas winslow
What is your biggest motivator?
I love Austin and just want to keep making people happy here by feeding them good food and creating well-designed spaces. I wake up every day wanting our businesses to be better for our customers and employees and create value for our investors.