Now that fall is here, Austinites are warming to their autumn finery, bundling up in actual shoes instead of flip-flops. It's time to drive with the windows down, maybe if it's barely tolerable outside, to the city's most anticipated restaurants set to open in the next few months. Here's Eater Austin's lowdown on what's going in where.
Campus: East Side King at Hole In The Wall
Address: 2538 Guadalupe Street
Major Players: Paul Qui
The Situation: Top Chef winner Paul Qui, formerly of Uchiko, has all kinds of crazy plans for new Austin restaurants coming up, and the first of these is his brick-and-mortar location of his East Side King food truck at the Hole In The Wall bar near the University of Texas campus.
Projected Opening: Late September/Early October
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South First: Sway
Address: 1417 South First Street
Major Players: Rene Ortiz, Jesse Herman
The Situation: The team behind La Condesa, chef Rene Ortiz and restaurateur Jesse Herman, are going east for their new project, Sway. It's an Australian-influenced Thai place with an open kitchen, spirit garden and option for diners to eat a family-style pig roast feast.
Projected Opening: Early fall
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Round Rock: Jack Allen's Kitchen
Address: 2500 Hoppe Trail
Major Players: Jack Gilmore
The Situation: Chef Jack Gilmore's Jack Allen's Kitchen on the southwest side of town is a huge draw for locals who love upscale comfort food in an Austin-casual atmosphere. With the advent of his second location in Round Rock, Gilmore make things that much easier on north side gas budgets.
Projected Opening: September
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[Photo: Jack Allen's Kitchen/Facebook]
Rosedale: Pinthouse Pizza
Address: 4729 Burnet Road
Major Players: Joe Mohrfeld, brewmaster
The Situation: Austin is crazy for craft breweries, and Pinthouse Pizza promises expertly made beers from seasoned brewer Joe Mohrfeld, formerly of Colorado's Odell Brewing Company, plus steamy pies and slices.
Projected Opening: Late Fall
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[Photo: Pinthouse Pizza/Facebook]
Downtown: Restaurant Jezebel/Bar Mirabeau
Address: 800 W. Sixth Street
Major Players: Parind Vora
The Situation: Chef Parind Vora's original incarnation of the beloved Restaurant Jezebel burned in the summer of 2010, taking its four-star rating with it. Now, Vora's back with a revamped restaurant in a new location, with a secondary outfit attached: Bar Mirabeau.
Projected Opening: September for Bar Mirabeau, October for Restaurant Jezebel
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Downtown: Russian House
Address: 307 E. 5th Street
Major Players: Husband-and-wife restaurateurs chef Vladimir Gribkov and Varda Salkey
The Situation: Is Austin ready for its first Russian restaurant? Is Austin ready to dress up in ridiculous Soviet costumes at said restaurant? We'll find out this fall, when Vladimir Gribkov and Varda Salkey and their team finally open Russian House, after months of permit wrangling with city officials.
Projected Opening: Any day now
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[Photo: Spencer Selvidge/EATX]
Address: 2402 San Gabriel Street
Major Players: James Stockbauer and Cuatro Kowalski
The Situation: A hundred-plus-year-old West Campus building will be transformed into a barbecue spot and classic cocktail lounge decorated with historic African-American memorabilia.
Projected Opening: Early estimates said September, that could change
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Clarksville: Clark's Oyster Bar
Address: 1200 W. Sixth Street
Major Players: Larry McGuire
The Situation: Do all things that Larry McGuire touches turn to gold? Clark's will be another experiment in finding out: the man who brought Austin the Elizabeth Street Cafe, Fresa's Chicken Al Carbon, Perla's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Lamberts and in 2013, a revamped Jeffrey's, is betting on oysters in Clarksville. Clark's will be a "little brother" to Perla's.
Projected Opening: Mid-October
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[Photo: Google Maps]
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