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The Definitive Guide to The Domain's Rock Rose

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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.

The Domain Northside’s Rock Rose is gearing up to become Austin’s next hot spot, with the deluge of restaurants and bars set to open within the upscale mall’s impending entertainment district. There’s the hotly anticipated East Side King Thai Kun brick and mortar, Velvet Taco, MAD Greens, Sway’s expansion, and much more. Tinku Saini, co-founder of Tarka, the first restaurant to open in Rock Rose, told Eater than he liked the "‘Keep Austin Weird’ vibe" of the district, and sees it becoming the "it place in Austin" a year from now.

Already in the general Domain area are Whole Foods, Shake Shack’s second Texas restaurant ever, Punch Bowl Social, Lone Star Court, and others. Then there is the newly-opened Second Bar + Kitchen, helmed by David Bull, as part of the Archer Hotel. Even more slated for the rest of Domain Northside include 24/7 cupcake vending machine Sprinkles, Frost Gelato, Culinary Dropout and Flower Child.

Here are what restaurants, bars, and expansions you can already find or expect to discover at the ever-expanding Rock Rose district so far, all along Rock Rose Avenue.


1. East Side King Thai Kun
This is the first brick and mortar for East Side King’s Thai Kun, and the second for the overall brand. Fans can expect favorite truck dishes along with new ones, from chefs Thai Changthong, Paul Qui, and Moto Utsunomiya.
Other locations: The food truck at Whisler’s on East 6th Street
Status: Now open

[Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]

2. General T’so Boy
The New York City food pop-up opened its first brick and mortar within Rock Rose, with Chinese-American po-boys, dumplings, vegetables and desserts like soft serve ice cream.

Status: Now open

[Photo: Amy D./Yelp]

3. Sway
New Waterloo’s Sway expansion means the Domain will soon get modern Thai for lunch and dinner.
Other locations: South First, forthcoming in Westlake
Opening date: April, Fall 2016 2017

[Photo: Sway/Facebook]


4. Lavaca Street Bar and Turf N’ Surf Kitchen
The downtown sports bar decided on the Domain for its second location with Ralph Gilmore (yes, Jack Gilmore's brother and Bryce Gilmore's uncle) and his New Orleans-styled Turf N’ Surf Kitchen along for the ride, dishing out po-boys and fish tacos. New to the menu are oysters.
Other locations: Downtown, forthcoming on South Lamar
Status: Now open

[Photo: Shelby H./Yelp]

[Photo: <a href="">Jinya Ramen Bar/Facebook</a>]

5. Jinya Ramen
The California-based ramen chain brings tonkotsu varieties to Austin, including assai, black, and white, with a wide array of ingredients for the perfect bowl.
Other locations: Canada, California, D.C., and other states
Status: Now open

[Photo: Courtney Pierce/EATX]

6. Jack and Ginger’s
One of the four bar and restaurant projects from Union Venture Group includes the Irish sports bar with a focus on beer, whiskey, and soccer. Over 82 different beers can be found on the tap. The kitchen serves Irish American comfort food, including breakfast.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Jack and Ginger's/Facebook]


7. 77 Degrees
Then there is the patio wonderland 77 Degrees within Union Venture Group’s mini-empire. The rooftop cocktail bar serves rum drinks and sharable plates.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Courtney Pierce/EATX]


7. Saint Genevieve
Also for Union Venture Group is the Austin location of the organization’s shuttered Houston restaurant and cocktail lounge. Find wine, shared plates, Sunday brunch, and a lounge DJ.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Robert J. Lerma/EATX]


9. The Rose Room
The final piece in the Rock Rose puzzle for the Union Venture Group is the three-story nightclub The Rose Room, with table reservations, DJs, and much dancing.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Rose Room/Yelp]

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10. Velvet Taco
The essential Dallas mini-chain is coming to the taco capital, with late night hours, untraditional fillings, and very sweet red velvet cake.
Other locations: Throughout Dallas, Houston, and Chicago
Opening date: Summer/fall 2016 2017

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11. Apanas Coffee & Beer
One of the few original storefronts in the district, the owner of Apanas (formerly known as Two Hands Coffee) Aamil Sarfani pays close attention to where the cafe's beans come from, so much so that a portion of the coffee sales goes back to the Nicaraguan farmers. Juice, beer, and wine will also be poured. He just opened a second location of the cafe on South Congress.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Michelle C./Yelp]


12. Tarka
The fifth location of the fast casual Indian chain from the Claypit owners serves the same fresh menu. Depending on the pedestrian traffic, might extend night hours. Co-founder Tinku Saini is playing around with the idea of an Indian-style rickshaw food delivery.
Other locations: Throughout Austin and San Antonio
Status: Now open

[Photo: Diplekha C./Yelp]


13. Mia Tapas Bar
The Italian take on tapas from Crimson Scorsonelli leads to small plates of dates, pork belly, meatballs, manchego. Other menu items include steak and salmon to share, pasta, and pizza.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Yi S./Yelp]


14. MAD Greens
With all of the drinking and heavy eating, the Colorado salad chain is a nice antidote. Produce will come from local purveyors like JB Organics. This is the first of four locations slated for Austin and Texas, including downtown, Lakeway, and Round Rock.
Other locations: Colorado, Arizona
Status: Now open

[Photo: Shonel G./Yelp]


15. Salvation Pizza
Boasting of New Haven-styled Neapolitan pizza, Salvation’s third location brings white clam pies to the Domain. Owner Michael Dinsmore teased this site back in 2014, along with a delivery-only one somewhere near 183 and Northgate. The Domain spot has a full bar and 20 taps featuring local breweries, like Live Oak and (512).
Other locations: Central Austin, Rainey Street
Status: Now open

[Photo: Salvation Pizza/Facebook]


16. The Dogwood
Carmack Concepts owners and brothers Brad and Chad Womack, along with Jason Carrier brought Austin’s second outpost of The Dogwood to Rock Rose this month. The two-story building features indoor and outdoor bars, including on the rooftop.
Other locations: West 6th Street, Houston
Status: Now open

[Photo: Dogwood/Facebook]


17. Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon’s second Austin location (and one of five spots slated, along with an impending Nashville one) brings arcade games, pickle shots, karaoke, and more booze to the district.
Other locations: West 6th, Dallas, Houston
Status: Now open

[Photo: Kung Fu Saloon/Facebook]


18. Weathered Coalition
The high-end men’s boutique opted for Rock Rose for its first brick and mortar. There will be a coffee and whiskey bar, plus wifi lounge and barbershop.
Status: Now open

[Photo: Krys H./Yelp]


19. 24 Diner
ELM’s empire-building is extending with 24 Diner’s second location. Once open, expect all-hours comfort food and breads from sibling bakery Easy Tiger.
Other locations: North Lamar
Opening date: Summer 2017

[Photo: Vinh T./Yelp]


20. Hat Creek Burger Co.
The family-friend burger chain is coming into the Domain, bringing along playscapes and kids' menus.
Other locations: Allandale, Westlake, Round Rock, Georgetown
Opening date: December 2016

[Photo: Hat Creek Burger Co./Facebook]

Lavaca Street Bar [Rock Rose]

11420 Rock Rose Avenue, Suite 100, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 469-0106 Visit Website

Weathered Coalition

, Austin, TX (512) 852-9869

St. Genevieve [Closed]

11500 Rock Rose Ave., , TX 78746 (512) 659-5537 Visit Website

Mia Italian Tapas & Bar

11420 Rock Rose Avenue, , TX 78758 (512) 215-9598 Visit Website


3437 Bee Caves Road, , TX 78746 (512) 326-1999 Visit Website

Hat Creek Burger Co.

5400 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756 (512) 732-2025 Visit Website

Tarka Indian Kitchen

11066 Pecan Park Boulevard, , TX 78613 (512) 394-6248 Visit Website

The Domain

11410 Century Oaks Terrace, , TX 78758 (512) 873-8099 Visit Website

Jack & Ginger's Irish Pub

11500 Rock Rose, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 795-4230

Kung Fu Saloon Rock Rose

11501 Rock Rose, Austin, TX (512) 719-3808

The Rose Room

11500 Rock Rose Avenue, , TX 78758 (512) 743-1400 Visit Website

Rock Rose Avenue

Rock Rose Avenue, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 682-5589 Visit Website

Apana's Coffee & Beer

11501 Rock Rose Ave, Suite 118, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 520-2822

77 Degrees Rooftop

11500 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 589-2925

24 Diner

600 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78703 (512) 472-5400 Visit Website

Jinya Ramen Bar

3210 Esperanza Xing, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 829-7779 Visit Website

Salvation Pizza - Rock Rose

11501 Rock Rose Ave. Suite 146, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 832-6561 Visit Website

Dogwood Rock Rose

11420 Rock Rose Suite 130, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 330-4554 Visit Website

General Tso'Boy

11501 Rock Rose, Austin, Texas 78758

East Side King Thai-kun

1104 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 407-8166

MAD Greens

3100 Esperanza Xing Ste 130, Austin, TX 78758 (512) 942-9394 Visit Website