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The Most Anticipated Austin Restaurant Openings, Summer 2016

Barbecue pizza, boozy ice cream, sushi, and more

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.

In Austin, summer brings both heat and a brand new restaurant season. The coming months will see the opening of hotly anticipated Boiler Nine Bar + Grill and June’s, along with holdovers from the spring, as per usual. Read on for Eater’s summer restaurant preview, plus a look ahead into fall and beyond. See an opening missing below? Send it through the tipline.

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

[Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX] [Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]

Location: 214 West Avenue, Downtown
Major Players: Jason Stude, Jason Stevens, La Corsha Hospitality Group
Details: Powerhouse Boiler Nine is set to open oh so soon. The powerhouse will be dedicated to fire (wood-fired grill), views (rooftop patio), and booze from Stevens. 
Projected Opening Date: Early summer 2016
Status: Now open
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[Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX] [Photo: Nadia Chaudhury/EATX]

Location: 722 South Congress Avenue
Major Players: Larry McGuire, Tom Moorman, June Rodil, McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group
Details: Not much is known about the neighborhood restaurant yet, but it’s safe to say it won't be as casual as its predecessor Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. McGuire envisions breakfast, lunch, and dinner revolved around beverage director Rodil’s most likely masterful list of wines and cocktails.
Projected Opening Date: Summer 2016
Status: Now open
All Coverage of June’s

Kyoten Sushiko

Location: 4600 Mueller Boulevard, Mueller
Major Players: Otto Phan
Details: It’ll be all about that sushi when the popular trailer Kyoten grows up into a restaurant. The first phase will be the $150 omakase menu, with reservations made through Tock, centered on mindfully-crafted pieces. Casual, counter service lunch will launch later.
Projected Opening Date: June 2016
Status: Now open
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L'Oca d'Oro

[Photo: L’Oca d’Oro/Official] [Photo: L’Oca d’Oro/Official]

Location: 1900 Simond Avenue, Mueller
Major Players: Fiore Tedesco, Adam Orman
Details: The golden goose is hatching soon with family-style meals and a pasta room. Tedesco comes from Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina, so expect nothing but high-quality eats. The restaurant is currently accepting members for its community-supported program, too.
Projected Opening Date: Summer 2016
Status: Now open
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Cane Rosso

[Photo: Cane Rosso/Official] [Photo: Cane Rosso/Official]

Location: 4715 South Lamar, Sunset Valley
Major Players: Jay Jerrier
Details: The famed Dallas pizza empire adds Austin to its fold this summer, doling out Neapolitan pies. Get excited for the impending barbecue pizza, which will use local smoked meats. Dessert partner Cow Tipping Creamery, taking over former tenant St. Philip’s bakeshop area, will debut first in June.
Projected Opening Date: July 2016
Status: Now open
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Baby Greens

Location: 1508 West Anderson Lane, Wooten
Major Players: Sharon Mays
Details: Austin’s favorite salad mixer is back this summer, helming an expanded version of the beloved menu, including proprietor May’s signature one. There is a catering component in the works, which will debut first later in June. In the works are the double-lane drive-thru, walk-up window, outdoor seating, giant plant mural, and eventual community garden for staffers.
Projected Opening Date: Late July 2016 pushed back
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Pizzeria Sorellina

Pizzeria Sorellina Apis/Official

Location: 23526 Highway 71 West, Spicewood
Major Players: Taylor Hall, Adam Brick
Details: Spicewood will get a pizzeria with Apis’ expansion. The communal restaurant’s menu will feature Neapolitan pies topped with fresh produce, housemade cheese, and in-house cured meats that have been worked on since last year. The opening menu will feature tons of wild boar salumi.
Projected Opening Date: Late summer pushed back
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Poke Poke

Location: 3100 South Congress Avenue
Major Players: Trish and Jason McVearry
Details: An entire restaurant dedicated to Hawaiian fish dish sensation poke is set to embark into Austin from Venice Beach. The menu comes with two spicy versions with ahi tuna, and a vegetarian-friendly one.
Projected Opening Date: June July 2016
Status: Now open
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Veggie Heaven

Food from Veggie Heaven Veggie Heaven [Official]

Location: 1611 West 5th Street
Major Players: Stacy Chen
Details: The campus restaurant will live on in a new location, and switch gears slightly to focus on solely vegan fare. Never fear: the beloved Protein 2000 will still be served, alongside ramen, burgers, tacos, and bibimbap.
Projected Opening Date: Late July 2016 pushed back
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Prohibition Creamery

Location: 1407 East 7th Street
Major Players: Laura Aidan
Details: Booze and ice cream unite at Prohibition, where, alongside virgin ice creams, there will be bourbon, whiskey, pineapple tequila sorbet, and more. Cocktails are crafted specifically for the menu, and there are shakes.
Projected Opening Date: Mid-June Early July 2016
Status: Now open
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[Rendering: Coast/Official]

Location: 360 Nueces St., Downtown
Major Players: Ruston Richardson, Karina Lopez, Lion’s Share Hospitality
Details: Seafood is the game at the former Mulberry site, where Richardson brings together coastal influences to create barbecue prawns, seasonal fish sandwiches, and green ceviche. Other items include burgers and desserts (borracho apple pie). Late night hours are in the works until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Wine will still play an important part.
Projected Opening Date: June July 2016
Status: Now open
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Oskar Blues Brewery

[Photo: Oskar Blues Brewery/Official] [Photo: Oskar Blues Brewery/Official]

Location: 10420 Metric Boulevard, North Burnet
Major Players: Dale Katechis, Michael Harris, Jim Weatherwax, Chad Melis, Janie Ziebel
Details: The Colorado brewery’s Austin location will include a tap room with graffiti details, bars, stage, and a wall of vintage speakers. Food trucks parked on the outdoor patio will serve food. Oskar will feature the full line-up and canning production.
Projected Opening Date: Late June Summer 2016
Status: Now open
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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

[Photo: Salt Traders Coastal Cooking/Official] [Photo: Salt Traders Coastal Cooking/Official]

Location: 2850 North Interstate Highway 35, Round Rock
Major Players: Jack Gilmore, Tom Kamm, Chris Ten Eyck
Details: In Gilmore vein, his new restaurant delivers seafood, beef, and chicken, with a raw bar full of fresh fish and oysters out in Round Rock. For drinks, look out for beer in mugs and crushed ice cocktails.
Projected Opening Date: Late summer 2016 pushed back
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Also tracking:

— Spanish tapas and pinchos head to South Lamar with El Chipiron, on track to open this summer later this year.

— Chinatown owner Ronald Cheng took over downstairs neighbor’s Musashino space for a new Asian street food concept dubbed Street. Daily themed lunch box specials will feature foods inspired by different cities, like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Status: Now open.

— Chinese-American fare courtesy of General Tso’Boy heads to Rock Rose this month, where owners Gary and Jessica Wu will whip up fusion-y po-boy sandwiches, using Easy Tiger bread. Status: Now open.

— There will be twice as much Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon when the drive-thru opens up on South 1st Street this summer with a new menu (more wood-grilled entrees) and new digs (dine-in, patio). Status: Now open.

— Find a bigger and better Tacodeli when the original location reopens in late July after renovations. Status: Now reopened.

— A new ramen chain heads to Austin with Jinya, boasting of various broths like assari, black, and vegetable, this June. Status: Now open.

Snooze brings a second A.M. Eatery to North Lamar this week, full of brunch goodies. Status: Now open.

— The larger and brand new Second Bar + Kitchen on Congress will make its first appearance over the summer, after it finishes taking over fine dining sibling Congress’ space. That will also mean the reopening of Bar Congress, too.

— With new owners Billy Caruso and Chris McFall, Hudson on the Bend will get a fancy new makeover, complete with a wine cellar, to be revealed this August later this year.

— The last piece of Union Venture Group’s Rock Rose puzzle is two-story dance club Rose Room. Status: Now open.

— As part of Hilton Austin’s renovations, the first of the two new restaurants, Cannon + Belle will open up in late August later this year, helmed by former Finn & Porter chef Peter Maffaei. Expect booze, pizza, weekend brunch with expected fare (pancakes, eggs), and a juice bar with kombucha offered on tap.

— The people behind Eddie V’s are continuing Austin’s Italian streak when Red Ash is unveiled this July in downtown Austin. Pastas, seafood, wood-grilled meats, and wine are all on deck.

— The Taco Cabana on South Lamar is giving way to sister chain Pollo Tropical, set to open with grilled chickens and fruity sauces, on Saturday, July 23. Status: Now open.

Replacing Sandra Bullock’s Bess Bistro is Sophia’s, the Italian-American restaurant with a supper club element, pastas, and prosecco-focused wine list, opening in July. Status: Now open.

— New Haven-style Neapolitan pies will be slung up in Rock Rose with Salvation Pizza’s third location, which’ll include a full bar and beer. Status: Now open.

— The paleo-food truck Picnik expands with a brick and mortar, taking over the former Fork & Taco spot on Burnet in July. More room means owner Naomi Seifter can experiment with dinner and made-to-order dishes. Status: Now open.

— La Traviata’s Marion Gillcrist teamed up with sister Joan to transform Deep Eddy Grill into 68 Degrees Kitchen, another Italian restaurant for the city, this time with a neighborhood vibe and lunch-time counter service. Status: Now open.

— The expansion of Round Rock favorite Deckhand Oyster Bar & Seafood to South Lamar should open very soon. Status: Now open.

— Vegan gastropub The Beer Plant will not use any meat at all. Currently, it is hiring.

— Paired cafes from Mour will descend on Colorado Tower and the South Shore District complex. The first focuses on cocktails, and the second retail goods. Status: Now open.

Mezze Me owner Moody Ugur ran restaurants in Istanbul, but decided to come home to Austin to open his fast casual Mediterranean restaurant in Late July out on campus. The menu is centered on the meaty entrees: beef and chicken shawarma, Turkish meatballs, and lamb shank. Accompaniments will include hummus, falafel, tzatziki, and the works.

— Will we see Horseshoe Lounge back this summer?

Stay tuned for fall: Bonhomie, Employees Only, Vigilante, Unknown Vox Table Project, Brentwood Social House, Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, Yoshi Kitchen, Odelay, Tiny Boxwoods, Green Pastures (renovations), Hopdoddy Burger Bar (third expansion).

Later in 2016: J.T. Youngblood's Fried Chicken, Brewer’s Table, Home Slice (expansion), Grizzelda's, Taco Bell Cantina, Creamistry, Buzz Mill South Congress, STK Rebel, Second Bar + Kitchen (expansion to airport), Unknown Chameleon Group project, In-N-Out Burger (two expansions), St Elmo Brewing Company, Revelry Kitchen and Bar, Austin Taco Project, Lick Ice Creams (expansion to Mueller), Halcyon Coffee (expansion to Mueller), Jugo, El Chilito (expansion to Manchaca), Kamala Gardens Brewery, Greater Goods, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

Then in 2017: Fareground, Unknown Hai Hospitality project, Easy Tiger (expansion), Unknown Austin Proper, Velvet Taco, De Rigueur (renovations to Roosevelt Room), Flemish Fox Brewery, Gatto Nero, Gatto Nero, Sway (expansions to West Lake Hills and Rock Rose), Chez Nada.

And then 2018: St. Elmo Public Market.

Hudson's on the Bend

3509 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin, TX 78734 (512) 266-1369 Visit Website

L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Avenue, , TX 78723 (737) 212-1876 Visit Website

Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 482-8000 Visit Website

Deckhand Oyster Bar

500 Parker Dr., Round Rock, TX (512) 368-3379 Visit Website

Veggie Heaven

1611 West 5th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 457-1013 Visit Website

Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Avenue, , TX 78701 (512) 827-2750 Visit Website

Oskar Blues Brewery

10420 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

Pizzeria Sorellina

23526 State Highway 71, , TX 78669 (737) 222-6061 Visit Website

Mour Café + Bar [Closed]

303 Colorado St Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701


1902 Washington Avenue, , TX 77007 (713) 357-7770 Visit Website

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

800 West Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78701 (512) 220-9990 Visit Website

Picnik [South Lamar]

1700 South Lamar Blvd 400-B, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 827-8356 Visit Website

Snooze A.M. Eatery

1700 S Lamar Blvd #301, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 428-8444 Visit Website

Red Ash Italia

303 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 379-2906 Visit Website
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