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‘Top Chef’ winner Gabe Erales opening new restaurant Bacalar, adjoining Tómalo Taqueria

Chef Gabe Erales will open his restaurant Bacalar this summer.

Chef Gabe Erales will open his restaurant Bacalar this summer.

Featured in The Austin American-Statesman Dining Section

Upcoming restaurant Bacalar will bring flavors from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula region, which includes Lebanese, Spanish and Caribbean dishes, to Austin.

Bacalar, named after Pueblo Magico Bacalar in Quintana Roo, will open this summer in Rainey Street Historic District. The restaurant comes from Bravo’s “Top Chef” winner Gabe Erales and Urbanspace Hospitality.

The two-story restaurant will include a lounge, two bars, two patios, a private dining room and a walk-up window concept called Tómalo Taqueria. Nature- and Maya-inspired decor will decorate the space.

“Bacalar and Tómalo have been three years in the making,” Erales said. “This project is a combination of thoughtful and honest design in partnership with Urbanspace Hospitality. Bacalar is an homage to my family’s roots in Yucatan and a celebration of the diversity of that region and the multitude of diasporas that have shaped its food. The name pays tribute to the magical lagoon near my parents’ hometown of Chetumal, Mexico, where many family gatherings were held, and our proximity to Lady Bird Lake aims to be an echo of those waterfront gatherings.”

According to a press release, Bacalar “celebrates comida milpera, drawing inspiration from Mexico’s milpa agriculture system and honoring an ethos of deep-rooted relationships with farmers, suppliers, and partners.”


2023 Best Places to Work in Austin Unveiled

The 2023 Best Places to Work in Austin have been announced.

It’s a big feather in the recruiting cap of the 75 companies honored, a nice roadmap for job seekers and the program is valuable to business managers of all types looking for happily humming businesses to emulate. The people running these companies know a lot about company culture and employee satisfaction, and there’s a good chance they’ll talk to you about it.


Excerpt from the Austin Business Journals release of rankings on June 22, 2023:

They say being a small company has allowed them to maintain a family-like atmosphere. They have company outings like hunting, fishing and boating trips along with regular happy hours and and an annual crawfish boil, Oktoberfest and holiday party. In May they celebrated a 15-year anniversary at an Austin FC game.


A message about COVID-19 from Sabre Commercial

As you know, we are in an everchanging and uncertain time with the developments surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At Sabre Commercial, the safety of our team members, clients, and partners remains our highest priority.

We want you to know that we are closely monitoring the situation and will follow the guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), City of Austin, and the Inspections Department. As the situation continues to evolve, we will keep you informed of any significant changes impacting our ability to serve our team members, clients, and partners.

Thank you again for putting your trust in Sabre Commercial with your critical projects.

Compass Real Estate Office at Rollingwood Center III is Open for Business!

This sleek corporate finish-out for national real estate broker Compass exemplifies the company’s signature style. Their new office was the second tenant space completed in the new Rollingwood III building and provides ample work and meeting space for local agents and staff of the real estate technology firm.

Designed by Cleveland-based Vocon Partners, this 21,000-square-foot, multi-function space can accommodate a wide array of work styles. Furniture and finishes present a cool palette of black, white and grey, warmed by natural light filtered through glass office entryways. Exposed ceilings, sealed concrete floors, glass wall systems throughout and big windows integrate the work-friendly ease of a tech company with the sophistication of a luxury brand.

The open layout flows through a series of interlocking regions that include several collaboration hubs and a kitchen break area, with a hanging wood-slat feature wall to separate them. Conference rooms and private offices line the perimeter of the wide-open space.

“This job was complex in terms of our interaction with the owner, construction manager and design team since they weren’t local,” said Project Manager Dan Bradley. “It took heavy coordination to get everyone on the same page to make decisions. In addition, the shell of the new Rollingwood III building was still being finished, so close contact with Endeavor Real Estate Group for building deliveries, elevator coordination, parking, etc.

“Superintendent Barry Hunter and Project Engineer Carter Cole did an excellent job keeping everyone up-to-date with current project activities, shell updates, and coordinating our work around that of the five other general contractors working in the building.”

The Compass mission is “to help everyone find their place in the world.” Sabre Commercial is happy we got to be a part of creating their new place in our corner of the world.

Featured in Austin Construction News March 2020 Project Section

Read about more about relocating office in Community Impact

See more about the project here

The 2010’s: A Decade in Review

As we welcome 2020, we’ve paused to look back on some of Sabre’s key projects of the past decade, below. Along with a warm glow of accomplishment, it gives us the chance to celebrate the strong client relationships we’ve forged since 2010 and the start of another great year of business.

We’re thankful for the owners and architects who provide us with meaningful work opportunities and our subcontractor partners whose expertise is vital to our success.

We’re grateful that initial efforts with clients like Whole Foods, Seton Healthcare and The University of Texas have grown into longstanding, successful partnerships and a long list of memorable projects. From the state-of-the-art luxury of The Range at Austin to the St. Vincent mixed-use complex in iconic SoCo, the Sabre team is honored to improve the face of Central Texas communities, one project at a time.

We wish you a happy and prosperous new year! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to do what we love.
– Matt Lutz and the Sabre Commercial Team

Westlake Dermatology, Dripping Springs Open for Business

Image of the reception room within the Westlake Dermatology, Drippings Springs location
Image of the retail space within the Westlake Dermatology Clinic Build Out

Sabre’s latest project for Westlake Dermatology is a lush first-generation finish out at Belterra Village in Dripping Springs. This luxurious dermatology office, designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, marks the third project Sabre has completed for the dermatological clinic, in addition to their North Lamar office and a research facility on Bee Caves Road.

The 2,800 square foot build-out incorporates smooth, curved Venetian plaster walls that frame the reception area, crafted by specialty contractors whose scope spanned the ceilings and walls in the lobbies and corridors. The resulting finish gives the clinic soft rounded curves providing a sumptuous canvas for the high-end finishes that give it a spa-like feel.

“Substantial coordination was required to pull off this multi-phased process, sequencing the millworkers and drywallers and working with the architect,” said Project Manager Matt Sitterle. “The drywallers would sand the plaster down, sculpting it into the rounded reception area and giving it the desired sheen. The plaster technique, which incorporated thinner-than-usual sheetrock, was unusual, as was the framing of those ceilings and the MEP coordination above.”

Other special features included the reception desk, Italian tile in the bathrooms, wooden paneling, doors, fixtures, and the terrazzo flooring. Elegant hanging light fixtures illuminate the beautiful office with lighting controls that program the entire suite. The reception desk is a single piece of bronze metal with a stone façade. The team installed tiled terrazzo in the back of the office and poured terrazzo in the front, incorporating similar materials with different looks.

“The terrazzo flooring was probably the most challenging aspect of the project,” reports Brandon Klotz, Project Engineer. “Due to schedule impacts of the poured terrazzo, the tile was installed first. This added complications when planning the transition between the two materials as the poured terrazzo was much thicker than the tiled terrazzo flooring. We had to pay special attention to ensure that the baseboard finishes, door heights, and undercuts had aligned elevations.”

Both the owner and the architect are pleased with the completed medical office, a gem of a space that will serve Westlake Dermatology clients in the Dripping Springs region for years to come.

See more about the project.

Sabre Commercial celebrates the Liberty Hill Fire Station 2 Grand Opening

The Sabre Commercial team was honored to participate in the Open House and Dedication for the recently completed Williamson County ESD #4 Fire Station #2 on October 1st.  The open house gave community members a backstage pass to the new state of the art technology and equipment as well as the comfortable living and office space for the firefighters.

Much larger than the previous fire stations in the area, this 10,000 square foot facility was built to serve the community for decades to come.

Different than traditional bay doors, the firehouse was outfitted with 14-foot bay doors that open to each side rather than roll up. The space is outfitted with large fans and a robust HVAC system to filter out any harmful car fumes that are inherent from running the trucks in indoor spaces.

The living space includes 10 bedrooms and four full bathrooms as well as a workout space. The main lounge area includes a kitchen with a living space for firefighters to decompress during their shifts.

With impressive design by PGAL, the firehouse is sure to be a home away from home for the firefighters serving the Liberty Hill Community.

Sabre Makes ABJ Private Companies List

According to the Austin Business Journal, Sabre Commercial is one of the region’s top privately held companies for 2018. The annual revenue threshold to make it into the top 50 this year was $32 million; Sabre ranked #34 at $61 million.

The list, which assesses companies in the five-county Austin metro region, is reportedly compiled from ABJ research including surveys sent directly to companies, company websites, ABJ stories and the Inc. 5000.