BATAVIA – The new Oak + Swine craft meats restaurant is set to open in downtown Batavia, bringing the tangy taste of Texas BBQ to the Windmill City.
The fast-casual restaurant at 107 E. Wilson St. will welcome customers starting on Oct. 14. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Restaurateur Byron Weber of St. Charles is bringing his culinary expertise from Geneva’s Barrel & Rye and other area eateries.
Customers should bring a Texas-sized appetite, with Oak + Swine selling its oak smoked meats by the half-pound.
“This is my menu and food that I’ve been cooking for a long time,” Weber said. "It’s definitely inspired by central Texas. We think we will be known for our pulled pork and our brisket.”
In addition to those classics, Oak + Swine will feature smoked sausage, pastrami, salmon and turkey among its offerings.
Customers will be greeted by a butcher slicing up the fresh meats, as they proceed along a service counter to select their meat, side dishes and beverages.
“Fast-casual is where the restaurant business is going,” Weber said.
Most of the seating is upstairs in an airy loft space overlooking the first floor and with a commanding view of East Wilson Street through the two-story glass façade.
The renovated space features a modern décor along with stylish wooden tables and chairs, but the emphasis is on the authentic Texas and Mexican flavors.
“It’s all about the food,” Weber said. “We use simple ingredients.”
Side dishes include Mexican-style corn, beans, chili, pasta salad, and a slaw made of apples, carrots, radishes and green onion in an apple cider vinaigrette.
And then there are the street-style tacos, along with home-style salsa. Beer, wine and soft drinks are among the beverage offerings.
Customers may dine in or carry out their meals, and Weber also plans to do catering.
In addition to Weber and a staff of servers, Diana Aceves of Aurora is the restaurant manager, who comes to Oak + Swine from Barrel & Rye.
Oak + Swine has a high-visibility location and features the completely new glass façade on the established commercial building that is now its home.
The restaurant is sandwiched between the newly opened Bocaditos Café serving take-out Argentinian cuisine, and the Wilson Street Tavern.
Just around the corner is the long-popular El Taco Grande Mexican restaurant. River’s Edge Bar & Grill, Tusk Thai Cuisine, Bar Evolution and the Verita restaurant are all nearby along North River Street.
Weber views those businesses as complementary to his own.
“The more options people have, the more they will want to come to downtown Batavia,” Weber said.