Intero: Food, Chocolate, Family

Appreciation for the whole ingredient


Opening Early Fall 2017

For general inquiries, please contact us at:

Follow us on Instagram: @interorestaurant


The word “Intero” translates to “whole” or “complete” in Italian.

Intero offers a contemporary Italian inspired menu bringing concise and dynamically driven dishes highlighting the changing seasons. We wholeheartedly embrace the idea of "waste not, want not" by utilizing locally raised animals and farmed whole produce. With sustainability as our passion and focus, the warmth of reclaimed materials can be noted throughout our interior design and build.

The fact that the whole–plant, animal, or material–will be fully utilized ensures that Intero will be sustainable and of the highest quality we can achieve.

We will feature a prominent artisan chocolate counter offering a variety of truffles, barks and sipping chocolates in classic and Italian flavors to be enjoyed with our locally roasted coffee program. We also offer a curated wine list and an engaging yet approachable cocktail selection.

We hope to bring all this together to provide a genuine, familiar and inviting dining experience, showcasing our talents for your enjoyment.




(512) 576-2022


2612 E Cesar Chavez St. Austin, Texas 78702.


Sun: 4-10pm

Mon: Closed

Tues: 4-10pm

Wed: 4-10pm

ThU: 4-10pm

Fri: 4-11PM

Sat: 4-11PM

Open for Coffee and chocolates


10am - 3pm

About Us

Our team, featuring Austin born and raised husband and wife duo, Ian Thurwachter & Krystal Craig, plus professional third wheel McVay Bennett, have over 40 years combined experience in the restaurant industry.


Ian Thurwachter



Ian has been a chef at several top Austin institutions, from Jeffrey’s to Vespaio, and was named among Austin’s “30 under 30” in 2014. His experience, talent, and passion lead him to develop Intero’s concept and approach in whole animal butchery and whole produce usage in his dishes. Ian’s appreciation and understanding of ingredients shines through in his cuisine.

Fun Fact: upholds a family practice in carpentry and built all the tables in the restaurant himself.

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Krystal Craig



Krystal is a self taught chocolatier who has produced chocolates for multiple establishments including boutique and well-known restaurants and hotels. Her focus in working with specialty couverture chocolates and organic ingredients to create elevated classic flavors and unique offerings have earned her multiple accolades and write-ups over the years as a rising star for chocolate in Austin.

Fun Fact: is an expert pilates instructor


McVay Bennett

general manager

McVay began his experience over a decade ago at Pappadeaux's before going to work for Iron Chef winner Kent Rathbun for seven years. He since moved on to re-open Jeffrey's as a captain and sommelier. Through his dedication to excellence and strength in service, he hopes his talents will help people feel right at home at intero.

Fun Fact: collects vintage movie posters

In The Press!

Urban Home Magazine

Urban Home Magazine

Austin Chronicle Article

Austin Chronicle Article

zagat's 30-under-30

zagat's 30-under-30

Eater 2016 Update

Eater 2016 Update

Eater 2017 Update

Eater 2017 Update

Austin Chronicle Article

Austin Chronicle Article