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Plywood Roundup: Michi Ramen, Visconti Bar & Ristorante, And More

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Michi Ramen's plywood on South Lamar
Michi Ramen's plywood on South Lamar
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Here’s an updated look at the upcoming restaurants slated for Austin, from Schmidt Family Barbecue’s's second locations, more details on Michi Ramen’s and Pinthouse Pizza’s southern expansions, New Mexican import Vinaigrette, to a luxury hotel’s take on Italian in Westlake with Visconti Bar.

Schmidt Family Barbecue's location on Bee Cave.

Schmidt Family Barbecue Lakeway
The family behind Lockhart barbecue destinations Smitty’s and Kreuz Market is expanding their Austin outpost Schmidt Family Barbecue into Lakeway. According to Austin360, the new location is expected to open in the next two to four months at 2125 Lohmans Crossing Road. There won’t be ham specials on the weekend or any prime rib, or pork chops, but there will be a smoked turkey salad and beef ribs from Fridays to Sundays. In the works are a deck and play area, too.

[Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]

Michi Ramen
Michi Ramen is coming south with their new location on 3005 South Lamar set to open sometime this spring, according to Community Impact. There will be no dine-in options at the new location, only delivery and take-out. Permits for the space were spotted last summer, as previously reported by Eater. The new spot will make it easier for the ramen shop to team up with Via 313 with its impending southern outpost, too.


[Rendering: Courtesy of Vinaigrette]

More details were released about New Mexico’s salad bistro Vinaigrette, scheduled to open in Austin in September. Owner and chef Erin Wade will transform the former Treehouse Italian Grill on 2201 College Avenue with "a modern farmhouse/midcentury design and bright, open, cheery interior," according to a press release. Outside, there will be a patio complete with an oak tree. The menu will include Vinaigrette’s signature inventive salads, sides, and snacks, along with juice cocktails, wine, and beer. Wade is currently looking at farms in Bastrop for local produce sourcing.

[Rendering: Hotel Granduca Austin/Official]

Visconti Bar & Ristorante
Visconti Bar & Ristorante will bring Italian cuisine to Westlake when it opens in the Hotel Granduca Austin on 320 South Capital of Texas Highway this October. The luxury hotel’s kitchen will be run by executive chef Tom Salvatore Parlo, who previously worked in the Mandarin Oriental Miami and the St. Regis Hotel in New York. For breakfast, funch, and dinner, there will be seasonally Northern Italian fare made with locally-sourced ingredients.

[Photo: Dos Chivos Mexican Kitchen/Facebook]

Dos Chivos Mexican Market
Dos Chivos is helmed by chef Mizael Saucedo, who has previously worked at Fonda San Miguel, Bess Bistro, and Pappasitos. The name translates into "two goats," referring to the idea that opposites attract. This will be seen in the interior Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. Found in Anderson Mill, the casual restaurant will focus on interior Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine. Expect to find dishes like el mero mero tacos, fajitas, smoked wild boar ribs, and avocado tres leches on the menu. The restaurnant is part of the TC4 & Co. hospitality group, and it’s set to open at 11620 FM 620 North in Anderson Mill by the end of next week.

Pinthouse Pizza's Burnet Road location. [Photo: Spencer Selvidge/EATX]

Pinthouse Pizza South Lamar
The pizzeria and brewery's southern store is opening sometime this summer. As Eater previously reported, the 4236 South Lamar Boulevard space will be larger. It will include a patio and dedicated barrel-aging room, according to the Austin Beer Guide last fall.