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East Side's Most Anticipated Chinese Restaurant Is Almost Here

Old Thousand will open over the weekend with fried chicken feet and snow ice on the menu

Old Thousand’s Chinese broccoli
Old Thousand’s Chinese broccoli
Kristin Vrana
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.

Old Thousand, Central East Side’s anticipated newest Chinese-American restaurant, is set to debut on Wednesday, November 30 soon.Helmed by SMGB Hospitality Group, it’s meant to serve as a “funky little neighborhood spot,” with a focus on takeout and dine-in options.

Update, November 30: Looks like Old Thousand is pushing back its opening date to Sunday, December 4 now.

Chefs James Dumapit (from Uchiko) and David Baek (from Uchi and Thai Kun) are offering their modern takes on American-Chinese dishes. This means nai nai chicken rice congee, fried chicken feet, Chinese barbecue pork, hot pot, and more.

For desserts, find sweets like Chinese doughnuts, snow ice, and sesame balls. Dhal Smith, the beverage director also formerly of Uchi, whipped up the cocktail menu, which’ll include a persimmon drink, along with beer and wine.

The name Old Thousand has three meanings: the address (the restaurant took over Mijo's Tex Mex and Cantina), the term for the wild tile in Mahjong, as well as the Chinese word for clever.

The restaurant hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The bar will remain open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Weekend dim sum will come at a later point.

Old Thousand

1000 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (737) 222-6637 Visit Website