New York City Restaurateur Michael Polombo, partner in the Upper West Side Manhattan eatery, Bin 71 along with West Village eatery Bar’rique, has opened his second Austin restaurant. Located in downtown Austin’s hip restaurant and bar scene on world-renowned Sixth Street, Polombo’s newest concept is Haddingtons, an American tavern and eatery inspired by culture, heritage and British-influenced American cuisine.
At Haddingtons, Polombo has brought on rising Executive Chef Zack Northcutt, who Polombo sent to London for British culinary training prior to the restaurant’s opening. Northcutt’s chef-driven menu includes polished but approachable American-style dishes prepared with new-fashioned British flair such as bangers and mash, Scotch eggs, roasted game birds, toasted pots of duck liver mousse, fish and chips, and British meatballs, as well as savory favorites like roasted lamb sandwiches, the dry-aged sirloin, gypsy eggs, croque madam and the stew of the day.
“For four or five years, I had been thinking about a concept like Haddingtons for an American tavern, based on some of the unique restaurants I’ve visited in other cities,” Polombo says. “I admired those restaurants that were tavern-like and served rustic food with a traditional feel while at a high level. We’ve evolved that concept to what I think the next generation of an American tavern would be: a comfortable, chic restaurant offering carefully prepared food and specialty cocktails without too much ceremony.”
Polombo’s passion for the restaurant industry began when he was growing up and spending time in New York City’s West Village. There, he and friend Lawrence Bondulich were treated by Bondulich’s father to dine at his well regarded Italian restaurant Bondini’s. After a thirty or so year run with Bondini’s, Anselmo closed the store and Lawrence worked for some of the area’s most well respected eateries DB Bistro, Esca, Citarella and Cesca. Polombo credits these two men with instilling in him the desire to learn more about the restaurant business. Later, while working in the finance industry, Polombo helped fund Bondulich’s Bin 71, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The experience was life-changing for Polombo, who has since founded restaurant-management business Applestar Management, opened Austin’s Mulberry and Haddingtons, as well as several New York City eateries.
Located at 601 W. Sixth St. in Austin, Texas, www.TheHaddington.com.