Mattie's at Green Pastures

Mattie's at Green Pastures

Architect
Clayton Korte
Location
Austin, TX, USA | View Map
Category
Restaurants

Mattie's at Green Pastures

Artisan Hardwood Floors as Hardwood Flooring

Green Pastures is a historic Victorian home with beautiful reclaimed antique pine heart floors.  It houses a restaurant of the same name in south Austin, Texas in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood.

Completed in 1895 by local minister E.W. Herndon, the house sat on 23 acres bordering a wooded area to the south. It was home to a number of families over the years. 

Green Pastures Restaurant was established by Mary Faulk Koock and husband Chester Koock.  Mary remodeled the home in 1946 and began serving guests that same year. Thus, the transition commenced from the sturdy old farmhouse into a restaurant known as Green Pastures. The restaurant was an immediate success and featured not only Southern food, but gourmet French cooking and other exotic dishes. Her talent for entertaining and preparing worldly cuisine attracted many diners who enjoyed the Southern hospitality offered here. Mary created and hosted lavish parties, wedding receptions, and grand occasions for many of Austin’s oldest families, Governors, celebrities, visiting ambassadors, and other dignitaries. She also catered many parties at the LBJ Ranch. Though Austin restaurants would not desegregate until after the Civil Rights Act became law some 18 year later, Green Pastures was open to people of all races and religions from the moment it first opened its doors to the public in 1946.

Green Pastures was recently remodeled in 2016 and the restaurant was named Mattie's at Green Pastures after Mary's mother.  Much attention was paid to breathe new life into the space, while still maintaining the welcoming atmosphere it has always had.

 

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