SOUTH CONGRESS — New Mexico chef and owner Erin Wade’s Austin station of Vinaigrette is coming along in the former Tree House Italian Grill. Found over on 2201 College Avenue, the salad bistro will serve combinations of tossed produce, alongside beer and wine. Wade will also buy a nearby farm to make Austin sourcing for the restaurant easier. This is the first out-of-state location, and the third overall.
DOWNTOWN — Traces of former Mulberry will soon be gone as the space undergoes renovations to transform into seafood-focused Coast. Chef Ruston Richardson has been testing out potential dishes, including fish tacos with street corn and churro tortillas topped with brandy apples, horchata ice cream, and dulce de leche.
SOUTH LAMAR — Jessica and Michael Sanders’ South Austin bar project Backbeat will feature a curved bar in the two-story space on 1300 South Lamar. There is no projected opening date yet.
DOWNTOWN — Irene’s, the latest project from the ELM Group, put up a new billboard for the restaurant, depicting a cocktail glass, a box of cigarettes, and a manicured hand putting up a peace symbol from the group’s go-to designer VeroKolt. The restaurant held a pop-up at Billy Reid last month, with harvest mix popcorn, king ranch chicken, and the signature Goodnight Irene cocktail, made with vodka, triple sec, lime, and cranberry juice. It is expected to open
this month Updated, December 11: January or February.
MUELLER — Jodi Elliott’s boozy sweets dreams will soon become reality by the end of this year with the opening of Bribery Bakery’s second location, which is oh so close to being finished. Behind the pink door, find baked goods and pastries during the daytime, and cocktails and plated desserts at night once it opens.
SOUTH CONGRESS — Buzz Mill Coffee teased interior photos of its second location on Pickle Road. Like the original one on East Riverside, expect plenty of wooden details, a moose head, high-back booths, and a giant black and white mural featuring a lot of beards. In the meantime, coffee shop recently added a food truck to service hungry customers at next-door neighbor winery Infinite Monkey Theroem.