Penn Field Penn Field Opal Divine's Marina Marina

Opal Divine's Freehouse, the original location of the Opal Divine's group of restaurants, closed its doors on May 31, 2013.

Opal Divine's Freehouse opened on March 13, 2000, just in time for SXSW. The proprietors, Michael and Susan Parker, had previously worked at The Dog & Duck Pub. They are very grateful to Bob & Brenda Woody for taking a chance on them with a lease and to Gail Coffee for believing in them enough to loan them the start up funds.

The Opal Divine's family has grown since the Freehouse opened in 2000, expanding first to south Austin in 2005 with the opening of Opal Divine's Penn Field on South Congress Avenue. North Austin welcomed Opal Divine's Marina at Parmer and MoPac in 2007. Most recently, Opal Divine's Davenport opened in West Austin at Westlake Drive and Loop 360.

Over the past thirteen years, the Opal Divine's concept has become more restaurant oriented. Opal Divine's Austin Grill, as the restaurants are collectively known, is a pioneer in the use of hormone and antibiotic free beef and natural chicken. Opal's kitchens have recently transitioned to using natural pork items that are minimally processed and do not contain added nitrites or nitrates. Local Vital Farms organic eggs are used in Opal's brunch dishes. Opal Divine's uses sustainable seafood in their dishes and is an early adopter of green initiatives' including recyclable to go materials and in-house recycling and composting programs.