El Chipiron is on track to bring Spanish tapas to South Austin within the Cielo apartment complex on South Lamar and Manchaca Road, pointed out by tipster Natalie Paramore. The Spanish bar will be run by executive chef Pablo Gómez Tollar, who hails from Spain. The restaurant is expected to debut this spring.
The focus of El Chipiron, which translates into "baby octopus," will be pinchos. So far, the restaurant has experimented with crema catalana, arroz con leche, confit cod, and lamb chops.
The restaurant applied for its liquor license for mixed beverages. Expect to find gin and tonics, wine, and beer.
There are also plans for education events like cooking lessons and tastings of wine, cheese, and beer. As gleaned from Tollar’s Pinterest page, the restaurant’s color palate will range from muted shades of black to blue, along with rope design details.
Recent Austin Spanish restaurants include Shawn Cirkiel’s Bullfight, which opened last fall. Downtown tapas restaurant Malaga revamped its menu with new chef Julio-Cesar Florez.