Rustika Goes Downtown

Empanadas and elaborate cakes: Mexican-Jewish bakery opens downtown location

Empanadas and elaborate cakes: Mexican-Jewish bakery opens downtown

Rustika Cafe cake
Rustika Cafe's signature birthday cakes are coming downtown. Courtesy photo
Rustika Cafe downtown
Rustika announced the new location on Facebook with this image. Rustika Cafe/Facebook
Rustika Cafe cake
Not many fifth birthdays downtown, but these cupcakes look good. Courtesy photo
Rustika Cafe pecan cookies
Or maybe some pecan cookies? Courtesy photo
Rustika Cafe cake
Rustika Cafe downtown
Rustika Cafe cake
Rustika Cafe pecan cookies

Downtown office workers will get a new breakfast and lunch option this week. After over 20 years in its location on the Southwest Freeway, Rustika Cafe & Bakery, the Mexican-Jewish hybrid known for its empanadas and elaborate cakes, will open a second outpost in the downtown tunnels beneath 801 Louisiana.

Marco Reznick, the son of Rustika founders Leonardo and Francis Reznick, will own the new location with his mother. He tells CultureMap that his store is the first in Rustika's franchise model that utilizes the original bakery as a commissary capable of supplying items that are made fresh daily to a more limited footprint.

While the 1,000 square-foot space will initially be a grab operation — cafe seating and Wi-Fi are coming soon — Reznick emphasizes that Rustika's reputation for quality will be fully intact. 

"When you’re downtown, there’s McDonald’s and all these places that buy things frozen," Reznick says. "We use fresh ingredients. We’ll have our salads, our sandwiches, our breakfast tacos, our gourmet coffee. We’ll do our pastries, cakes and empanadas."

Downtown patrons will also get something new: a breakfast version of their signature baked empanadas. "We’ll fill them with egg, bacon, cheese, and we’ll have a veggie one as well," Reznick says.

Perhaps most importantly, the new location means those monthly office birthday parties should be a little tastier with a Rustika cake. In a world where most tunnel dining options are pretty dismal, that's definitely good news.