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