— Buzz Mill the sequel is set to open near South Congress in anywhere from three to eight weeks, depending on city permitting. Three food trucks will park on site, including the Frontier trailer, serving meats from Broken Arrow and North Star ranches, Kogi Q, and the shop's own brand new Yardbirds, focusing on chicken.
— Get a sneak peek of West 5th sports bar BaseCamp, which will host some SXSW events before fully opening. Former Uchi and Peached Tortilla alum Eric Kuypers takes over the kitchen for an American/Texan menu, alongside beer and cocktails. Status: Now open.
— Corner Bar owner Jonathan Lochrie’s East 6th bar Revelry Kitchen and Bar is set to make its debut
this March this spring.
— Longtime sushi favorite Musashino relocates to West Campus, taking over Fino’s former address, sometime in May.
— Rock Rose’s next slew of restaurants, bars, and expansions include St. Genevieve, Lavaca Street Bar, Turf N Surf, and Salvation Pizza in March, followed by Jinya Ramen, Mad Greens, 77 Degrees in April, and then The Rose Room in May.
— Construction finally begins on Horseshoe Lounge’s anticipated relocation to East Riverside.
— Picnik’s brick and mortar takes over Fork & Taco’s vacated spot on Burnet. Expect bone broth tonics, superfood refreshers, butter coffee, and gluten-free sweets.
— The return of Baby Greens is on track to bring back salads, with drive thru and walk-up options on West Anderson Lane.
— The Beer Plant’s vegan-focused gastropub is set to open in May with chef Laura "Lou" Mustachio up in Tarrytown.
— Second Bar + Kitchen’s Congress expansion will finish annexing Congress this March.
— Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s hops to a fourth location in the Triangle.
— Cured meats and fish come to Austin in mid-March with the opening of Lox, Box, and Barrel, helmed by Celtic Fare's Sebastien Caillabet. Status: Now open.
Stay tuned for summer: Unknown Philip Speer restaurant, Vigilante, The Brewer’s Table, Easy Tiger (second location), Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon (second location), Second Bar + Kitchen (within the Archer Hotel in the Domain), Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, Veggie Heaven (reopening), General Tso’Boy.
Later in 2016: June’s, J.T. Youngblood's Fried Chicken, Home Slice (second location), Tiny Boxwoods, Odelay and The Upper East Side, Chez Nada, Second Bar + Kitchen (Austin-Bergstrom Airport), Sway (second and third locations), Unknown Chameleon Group restaurant, Coconut's Fish Cafe, Green Pastures (renovations), El Chilito (Manchaca location), Lick Ice Cream (third location), Halcyon (second Austin location), Yoshi Kitchen, Unknown Vox Table restaurant, Gatto Nero, Enoteca Gattino, Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, STK Rebel, Greater Goods, In-N-Out (two expansions), Street by Chinatown.
Next in 2017: Unknown Hai Hospitality restaurant, Unknown Jester King Brewery restaurant, Fareground (with Easy Tiger's third location), De Riguer (Roosevelt Room's revamp), Unknown Larry McGuire restaurants in Austin Proper.
2018: St. Elmo Public Market.
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