Windsor Park Hank’s Restaurant aims to be a ‘neighborhood hub’
The Garden & Goats salad includes bats and cheese. (Courtesy of Gaby Deimeke)
When Andy Means opened Hank’s Austin in 2017, he said he aimed to build a local institution.
“We wanted to be a neighborhood hub, a kind of country club for this neighborhood where you could meet friends any time of the day,” he said.
Hank’s, which serves classic American fare alongside its all-day cafe, was born from the ashes of Means’ first Austin business, Henri’s, a small South Austin bistro that burned down in 2016. Shortly thereafter afterwards, Means learned of the existence of a 12,000-foot square in the Windsor Park area of East Austin, 10 times the size of Henry.
With the extra space, Means was also able to offer more menu options than at Henri’s, which focused on wine and cheese.
“We wanted to make sure that every eater had something to eat, whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. [have] a little twist on them, ”he said.
Means started out in the California restaurant industry, where he learned to appreciate healthy, casual dining. He said he merged these influences with Southern staples from his upbringing in Atlanta. While a fried chicken in brine is on the menu, so is a bowl of crispy brown rice with lemongrass and ginger. Lemon-ricotta pancakes are also popular, he said, one of the top brunch sellers.
Hank also takes its name from the owner’s roots in Georgia. When Means’ grandfather Henri emigrated from France in the 1940s, his new friends in Augusta, Georgia gave him the nickname Hank.
“He entertained a lot and always threw parties down his aisle,” Means said. “That’s where Hank’s vibe came from, that was the way he led his life: everything was laid back and nothing was buttoned up.”
5811 Berkman Drive, Austin
Hours: Sun-Thu 8 am-9pm, Fri-Sat 8 am-10pm