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Esther’s Follies Owners Took Over All-Hours Diner Star Seeds

The greasy spoon will add Nutella French toast and Frito pie omelets

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All-hours Cherrywood diner Star Seeds is now under new ownership: Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton (co-owners of downtown Austin comedy theater Esther’s Follies) bought the 3101 I-35 restaurant from previous owner Ellis Winstanley and his company Trade Logic earlier this summer, as reported by Chronicle.

Under Sedwick and Shelton’s ownership, the restaurant reverted to its former name Stars Cafe (when the diner had been attached to the Stars Inn, which is now motel Days Inn). The restaurant will still remain open 24/7, but the space will undergo updates in the near future, which include refurbished booths, a new counter, and art from local artists.

“With all of the great restaurants of Austin’s past continuing to close due to high property taxes and spiraling costs,” Sedwick and Shelton told Eater through a rep, “we are glad to keep some special places alive for Austinites to enjoy and keep the weirdness going for the next generation.”

Chef Johnny Romo is adding new dishes to Stars’s menu, like Nutella French toast and Frito pie omelets, as well as updates to the croque-madame and chicken fried steak. There are older dishes that will remain on the menu, like the vegetarian meatball sub, Cuban sandwich, and queso burger.

Winstanley actually sold one of Trade Logic’s other restaurants, the Tavern, to Sedwick and Shelton in 2018, of which Romo also oversees the kitchen. Before teaming up with the pair, Romo was the founding chef of East Austin bar Last Straw as well as worked at downtown Italian restaurant Red Ash.

Star Seeds opened sometime in the 1980s. Ethan Hawke was a fan.

Greasy spoon Star Cafe will add Nutella French toast and Frito pie omelets to the menu

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Queso mixed with ground beef, topped with sour cream and guacamole.

House-made hummus dip sprinkled with paprika and olive oil. served with pita bread, tomato, onion, and Kalamata olives. Vegan.

Tortilla chips with refried or black beans, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream. Vegan.

Whole avocado halved and stuffed with grilled shrimp, corn, onions, cucumber, and pico de gallo, with chipotle mayonnaise on a bed of lettuce.

Whole avocado halved and stuffed with black beans, quinoa, corn, onions, cucumber, and pic de gallo, with citrus vinaigrette on a bed of lettuce. Vegan.

Chicken breast, hard-boiled egg, bacon, avocado, and tomatoes on the iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese.

Hard-boiled egg, bacon, and Parmesan on baby spinach topped with toasted pine nuts.

Tomato, blue cheese, and sprouts on iceberg lettuce.

Toll burger with American cheese, a fried egg, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise.

Burger topped with crispy bacon, mushrooms, Swiss cheese, arugula, and grilled tomato.

Served with our pit stop special, with ham, American cheese, hamburger patty, caramelized onions, pickapeppa sauce, plus of the classic trimmings.

Burger with roasted com poblano rojos, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and ancho ranchero sauce.

Our plant-based burger option with a beyond burger patty, special sauce, arugula, red onion, and tomato. Vegan.

A classic burger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and mayonnaise.

2 pieces of buffy, rich french toast topped with Nutella and mixed berry complete, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with maple syrup. Vegan.

Skillet potato hash, peppers, and onions. Served with two eggs any style on a fresh corn tostada, topped with refried beans, and rancheros sauce. Add protein for an additional charge. Vegan.

Sauteed shrimp with smoked gouda grits, bacon, and Valentina hot sauce.

Ham, mushrooms, spinach, onion, and smoked Gouda.

Topped with fritos, beer chili, Jack cheddar cheese, sour cream, and pico de gallo.

Poblano and bell peppers, onion, Jack cheddar cheese, topped with pico de gallo, crema, and guacamole. Vegan.

Grilled zucchini, carrots, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and bechamel. Vegan.

2 biscuits covered in black pepper gravy, served with sausage and scrambled eggs.

Open-faced English muffin topped with spinach, tomato, mushrooms, and 2 over-easy eggs. Vegan.

2 eggs prepared your favorite way, bacon, and 2 buttermilk pancakes.

2 eggs scrambled with jack cheddar cheese, bacon, or breakfast sausage, hashbrowns, and a side of toast or biscuits.

Classic egg scramble with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Served with refried beans and hashbrowns. Vegan.

Sausage patties and scrambled eggs on 2 English muffins covered in queso.

2 buttermilk, chocolate chips, banana, or pecan pancakes served with fresh fruit. Vegan.

New York strip steak served with 2 over-easy eggs, hashbrowns, and seasoned veggies.

Hand-breaded steak topped with black pepper gravy, with 2 eggs any style with a side of hashbrowns and toast.

Grilled ham, Swiss cheese, and a fried egg with Parmesan cheese.

Hamburger patty, grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, pickapeppa mayo, and melted Swiss cheese.

Classic bacon, fried eggs, lettuce, and tomato.

Grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, tomato, onion, and basil pesto.

Double-decker ham, turkey, and bacon with lettuce, tomato, and Swiss cheese.

Grilled steak or chicken with pepper, and onions, smothered with smoked gouda queso. Served on a hoagie roll.

Marinated portabello mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, beef pesto, and a tomato, onion, and balsamic relish. Vegetarian.

Vegetarian meatball, marinara, and Parmesan cheese. Vegan.

New York strip served with french fries and a small house salad.

Smothered in black pepper gravy with mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies paired on the side.

Served with your choice of french fries or mashed potatoes.

Each. Comes on a flour tortilla with house-made tortilla.

Pick 2 tacos and round it off with a coffee, juice, soda, or milk. Hashbrowns on the side.

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