A Delectable Revival

The legacy of ‘the first lady of South Austin’ lives on at Mattie’s.

By Emma Whalen, Photos by Nick Simonite

Step into Mattie’s, one of Austin’s newest dining hot spots, and you’ll immediately feel like moving in. Opened March 1, the revamped and rebranded restaurant formerly known as Green Pastures, looks a lot like the cool new kid on the block. After all, with peacocks strolling the historic, oak-tree-lined grounds at their leisure and an interior space revealing historic, grand staircases mixed with sleek, modern furnishings and ample natural light, what’s not to like?  

The history of one of Austin’s finest dining institutions, located in Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood, dates back to 1946. That’s the year when husband-and-wife duo and proprietors Chester and Mary Koock opened the doors of their Victorian estate and soon established themselves as ahead-of-their-time restaurateurs. At Green Pastures, they were known for their Southern hospitality and for serving people of all races and backgrounds well before Austin was desegregated. In tribute, one of the family’s favorite quotes is painted decoratively on the staircase at Mattie’s: “Be kind to those you pass on your way up, as you may meet them on your way down.” 

When, in 2015, Greg Porter and Jeff Trigger of La Corsha Hospitality (the team behind Second Bar + Kitchen and Boiler Nine Bar + Grill) acquired the Victorian estate, they set out to remodel the restaurant while striving to maintain its historical significance. The restaurant’s new name pays homage to the property’s original matriarch, Mattie Miner Faulk (Mary Koock’s mother), who was affectionately known as the first lady of South Austin for her contributions to the community. 
Offering upscale comfort food—buttermilk biscuits with guava butter, fried chicken and tender, bone-in pork chops with avocado chimichurri, shaved squash and grilled okra—the restaurant is as dedicated to carrying on a Texas hospitality legacy as it is to sending new visitors away with an appetite to come back. 


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