AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Storied history meets simple, modern cuisine as renowned Chef Shawn Cirkiel and parkside – recognized by critics as one of Austin's top restaurants – host members of the visiting 2010 National Preservation Conference, which will bring 2,000 attendees and some $2.4 million in economic impact to the capital city. Entertaining conference members during the four-day event is particularly fitting for Cirkiel, a longtime champion of downtown's historic Sixth Street.
Cirkiel's involvement as a board member and secretary for the Sixth Street Austin Association has been crucial in helping the preservation organization raise funds to continue restoring the legendary district, enhancing its historic character and better branding the area as a celebrated destination. Cirkiel's parkside restaurant, located in the heart of Sixth Street's world-famous entertainment district, is housed in a historic building that was renovated in the fashion of days past, with the exposed brick, reproduction lighting and warm ambience blending seamlessly with the restaurant's hip, urban flavor. "Chef Cirkiel has also taken personal leadership in helping to revitalize Sixth Street by adding a second-story balcony to his parkside restaurant that recreates the canopies over the sidewalk that historically lined East Sixth Street," says Josh Allen of the Sixth Street Austin Association.
"Chef Cirkiel's award-winning restaurant brings modern, world-class cuisine to a neighborhood with a rich past, providing a unique opportunity for conference attendees to experience and support both Austin's heritage and vibrant nightlife," says Beth Krauss of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's a perfect pairing for modern visitors with an investment in historic preservation."
In addition to parkside, planning for another Cirkiel restaurant on historic Sixth Street is in the works. And Cirkiel's newest restaurant, the backspace – an authentic Neapolitan pizza eatery – is opening this fall. Housed in a historic, 130-year-old building in the Sixth Street entertainment district, the space was restored to its original beauty, and now flaunts beautiful 16-foot tin ceilings, brick walls and grand picture windows.
For more information about parkside, backspace, or Chef Shawn Cirkiel and his efforts to help revitalize Austin's historic Sixth Street, call (512) 474-9898, or visit www.Parkside-Austin.com.
Contact: Paula Biehler