Austin Russian House opens new Eastern European restaurant in North Loop
While downtown Eastern European restaurant The House (formerly known as Russian House) closed earlier this summer, it looks like the restaurant isn’t gone forever. The clearance from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) shows that the company behind the restaurant is taking over the closed address of the New American Sala & Betty restaurant at 5201 Airport Boulevard in North Loop.
The name of the new restaurant is ATX Grill RH, according to TABC permitting, and presumably the “RH” refers to “Russian House”. The owner listed on the permit is Russian Bistro Nazdorovye Inc, which is the same company behind Russian House/House. The agent for this company is Narumol Anderson, and President Varda Salkey (also known as Varda Monamour), who is co-owner of House. The permit was filed on September 8.
Monamour and her husband/chef Vladimir Gribkov opened Russian House in 2012 in downtown Austin on East Fifth. They reduced the name to House just at the beginning of February because Russia had just invaded Ukraine, starting the still ongoing war. They wanted to be sensitive and become a place for people against war.
Just like a lot of Austin right now, there is development going on for this East Fifth block, which means the restaurant would have to be demolished. In light of this, Monamour decided to officially close the restaurant at the end of May, but noted that they were working on “new opportunities” in the Facebook post announcement and said they were looking for a new location. Eater requested more information.
Sala & Betty owner and chef Teresa Wilson opened her casual restaurant New American in 2015. She closed her business in July because she wanted to retire. This announcement post on social media noted that there was something new opening up in the space, and her brother noted that it would not come from the family of the restaurant.