Bullfight Brings Modern Spanish Tapas to Austin: USA Today — January 2016.
Restaurant openings in the new foodie haven that Austin has become seem to be announced every week. Bullfight, the latest from Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside and Olive & June, is one of the most exciting of late. The location is one of the newest trending hotspots in the city, Airport Boulevard, which is undergoing an extensive revitalization initiative with exciting new additions.
The vision for Bullfight came from Cirkiel’s love affair with Spain, which was sparked when he landed his first job out of culinary school at La Marquesa, at the time the only five-star Spanish restaurant in the country. Learning about the food and culture of Spain became a lifelong passion.
Four years prior to opening Bullfight, Cirkiel visited Spain on numerous occasions, exploring the cuisine in different regions, visiting farmers’ markets, jamón and sausage houses, cheesemakers and vineyards, taking in the artisan craftsmanship and savoring the idiosyncratic ingredients.