Ramen Tatsu-ya, Austin’s top ramen shop, is launching a new concept with its opening of Kemuri this winter. Expect Texas-influenced izakaya with a focus on smoked meats, sharable dishes, and seasonal specials, And yes, there will be ramen. Kemuri is taking over Live Oak Barbecue’s former home on East Second Street.
Central Austin is getting another neighborhood bar when Night Owl opens. Expect a cozy and welcoming gathering spot for locals with a beverage menu that balances classic and signature house cocktails, beer in cans and bottles, and wine. Co-owners Danny Parrott and Jonathan Insley—the team behind Old School Bar & Grill on East Sixth Street—hope open its doors in late 2016 or early 2017.
Soup Peddler is opening its fifth location on North Lamar at Castle Hill Fitness around February 1. Moving into the space formerly occupied by Food for Fitness Café, Soup Peddler will serve homemade soups, hot pressed sandwiches, pre-made salads, fresh juices, and smoothies.
Spokesman is set to become the South Austin's newest neighborhood coffee shop when it opens its door in the mixed-use development The Yard. The bike-friendly cafe will offer coffee roasted in-house, a beer tap wall, and food. Located at 440 East St. Elmo Road, the cafe is on track to open in early 2017.
Alabama-based craft popsicle purveyor Steel City Pops is opening its first Austin brick and mortar on Guadalupe Street this spring. The Steel City Pops cart, previously parked at The Picnic food trailer park on Barton Springs Road, will reopen in March.
East Cesar Chavez
The wave of Italian restaurants will continue when Intero opens its doors at 2612 East Cesar Chavez, former home of Bud’s Motorcycle Shop. Expect a small changing menu of contemporary Italian-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on locally farmed seasonal produce and locally raised whole animals, plus an artisan chocolate counter. It’s slated for an April 2017 opening.
Blended smoothie and acai bowl-centric Blenders & Bowls will open a third location at 1625 East Sixth Street in early 2017. This East Austin location will have the same menu as the Westlake location, which opened this past spring, reported Community Impact News.
Lamar Union continues expanding with the arrival of TLC, a new eatery from owners of J. Black’s. Expect with counter service, large Texas plates, beer, and the occasional seafood boil. The space will feature both indoor and outdoor areas, communal tables, kid- and adult-friendly games, and television screens.
In more expansion news, Slab BBQ is bringing its massive barbecue sandwiches, barbecue nachos, craft beers, and that ‘90s hip-hop vibe to the Oak Hill Plaza Shopping Center. This will be the second location for Slab, which is appreciated for its fusion of barbecue styles from the Deep South and Texas.
After launching East Side Chinese restaurant Old Thousand, SMGB Hospitality is in the midst of yet another project with PS 35, a New York-style pizzeria. Helming the kitchen will be Clint Elmore of the shuttered Neapolitan pizza trailer 40 North. Plan on pizza (of course), family-style Italian dishes, sandwiches, soft serve gelato, beer, and cocktails. Find it at 1500 Interstate 35 Frontage Road #35 early next year.
Way South Philly, the cheesesteak-peddling little red food truck, is opening a brick and mortar restaurant on Burnet Road next month. The Northeastern deli-inspired shop will dole out Philly cheesesteaks, tater tots, Italian sausages, and possibly hoagies, pasta salads, and more. And like at the truck, you’ll find prepackaged Philly-favorite Tastykakes desserts too.
Downtown Dripping Springs
The founders of Barber Shop Brewing recently announced plans to move its brewery and taproom a few doors down to the space currently occupied by The Mercantile Wine & Tapas, which is closing very soon. The brewery and taproom, with its to-be-announced moniker, is expected to open in February 2017. Barber Shop will remain open in its current location.
Burn Pizza + Bar closed earlier this morning to make way for Collide ATX, a new food, art and music-centric space. The East 6th Street address is staying in the Dunlap ATX family as a Dunlap ATX and Collide agency project. Collide ATX will welcome chefs, artists, and musicians from around the world and host limited menu seatings, cooking demos, art exhibitions, performances, lectures, and more. The project is slated to launch in February 2017.
Freshii, the fast casual chain with a healthy slant, is bringing its signature and customizable salads, wraps, bowls, soups, smoothies, and more, to its soon-to-open 1200 Barbara Jordan Boulevard location. The chain is also known for its prepackaged themed meal plans and juice cleanse programs. It is the first Austin franchise for the international chain, which already has outposts in Houston, Dallas, Waco, and Arlington.
An untitled Stiles Switch project is in the works for the new development Belterra Village, which will also house Pieous' relocation, Torchy's Tacos, and Sky Cinemas, the new dinner movie theater from the founders of Violet Crown Cinema. Owner Shane Stiles has partnered with Lenoir chef Todd Duplechan to work on a menu of smoked meats with a Southern emphasis. The restaurant is projected to open fall next year.
To Be Announced
Pastry maven Callie Speer is opening her own punk rock diner dubbed Bombshell. The space will be a casual eatery—think breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch—by day and "bad ass bar" by night. Expect baked goods and desserts to play a starring role. Speer is working towards a spring 2017 opening.
Northwest Hills and East Fifth Street
Epoch Coffee is doubling its number of locations with expansion projects in Northwest Hills along Far West Boulevard and in the Plaza Saltillo redevelopment on West Fifth Street. The Northwest Hills location is set for a spring 2017 opening, while the East Side location’s opening is yet to be determined.
North Shoal Creek
Jack Allen’s Kitchen is taking over Fork & Vine’s shuttered spot at 3010 West Anderson Lane. Opening next spring, this will mark chef Jack Gilmore’s fourth location of the local mini-chain. Expect a similar menu to the other locations.
Houston-based EurAsia Sushi Bar & Seafood is heading to Far West Austin. The roll, sashimi, and bento box peddlers are setting up shop at 7101 Highway 71 West. The Houston location boasts a happy hour that hopefully will make the trip.
After recently shuttering Olivia, owner and chef James Holmes is repurposing the space for a Lucy's Fried Chicken expansion project. Called Lucy’s on the Fly, it will have a dedicated takeout and delivery options. In addition to fried chicken, the menu will include a wide array of sandwiches and a burger — though no oysters. Similar to its other locations, there will be a full bar and a playground for kids. It may open in the next few weeks. Now open.
Chi’lantro is bringing its Korean-meets-Mexican fusion menu and famed kimchi fries to the South Shore District this November. The upcoming location at 1414 Shore District Dr. Unit 102 is under construction. Once open, it will be the mini-chain’s fifth location.
Noble Sandwich Co. is taking its Thai chicken, smoked duck pastrami, Creole catfish sandwiches and more way north when it opens its third location at 112 West 8th Street in Georgetown. Locals get ready for lunch, dinner, and weekend breakfast. Noble is hoping to open in late winter or early spring 2017.
Middle Eastern-influenced The Halal Guys will add its first Austin location to its ever-growing empire when it opens shop at the shuttered I Luv Video on Guadalupe. From its humble beginning as a food cart in New York, it has quickly grown dishing out platters and sandwiches of chicken, gyro, and falafel across the country — Houston and Dallas included — and the world. There's no opening date yet.
Banh mi, bao, rice bowls, tacos, oh my. With a focus on street food, Heo Eatery is preparing for a fall opening at 6214 North Lamar Boulevard where it will serve lunch and dinner. Until then, expect more sneak peaks of the menu on its Facebook page. Now open.
Boasting "cozy tables open to the street, mouth-watering specialties a la Française, delicious desserts made from scratch and an extensive wine list," Toulouse Cafe and Bar is bringing its steak tartare, lobster bisque, and crispy duck leg confit to 3120 Palm Way Suite 150, at The Domain. There are already two locations in Dallas and Houston serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. And yes, there may be frog legs.
Houndstooth Coffee has plans to caffeinate the East Side when it opens its third Austin location next year. The espresso-focused coffee bar will be part of the new mixed-use development called Platform on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
You won’t have to wait until Sunday for dim sum when the hand-pulled noodle peddler Xian Sushi and Noodle opens its third Austin location up north. Offering dim sum all day, the location is slated to open in early 2017. Sushi is not expected to be on the menu.
Once open Bao’d Up, brainchild of Xian Sushi and Noodle's owner, will be dedicated to all types of housemade bao (steamed buns filled with meats and vegetables). The restaurant is slated to open in 2017 as part of the restaurants at the Aldrich Street retail district.
Hot off the presses: There will be no shortage of pizza near UT anytime soon. The rapidly expanding California-chain The Pizza Press aims to make news with its first Austin outpost at 404 West 26th Street. The fast-casual chain is marked by its build-your-own-pizza approach within a 1920s newspaper theme. (It’ll make sense when you see it… we think.)
It looks like quinoa, steak frites, and veggie-based cocktails are just what the doctor ordered for the Domain Northside. Chicago-based Doc B's Fresh Kitchen is adding its first Austin outpost next spring. The full-service restaurant will open shop at 3001 Palm Way to dole out mindfully sourced health-inspired fare. Thankfully the doctor likes fresh air: there will a large patio with a fire pit.
It’s meringues, biscotti, cakes, and scones aplenty when the catering company Fluff Meringues + More opens a whimsical brick and mortar cafe on Burnet Road, next door to Noble Sandwich Co. The beverage menu will include wine, champagne, beer, cider, booze, coffee, and other drinks. Expect a weekday happy hour and high tea on the weekends.
To-go frozen daiquiris and margaritas are coming to town when Eskimo Hut, the Texas-based convenience store chain, expands into Austin early next year. The frozen cocktails will be sold along side portable Jell-o shots, alcoholic gummy bears, beer, cigarettes, candy, and snacks. And yes, it is all perfectly legal. Eskimo Hut is projected to open in February 2017. The three additional locations planned for Austin will include a drive-thru feature.
Starting in early next year, you'll be able to get your fill of fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, and more Southern-inspired fare when Colleen’s Kitchen opens in the same building as the upcoming Alamo Drafthouse on Aldrich Street. The space will feature two bars and a patio, plus there will be a dedicated takeout window for "picnic box" lunches and coffee.
Opening this month, Hudson Tavern at 5000 Hudson Bend Road hopes to be Lakeway’s next neighborhood bar. The 2,300-square-foot space—formerly Frog’s Pool Hall—is next to The Seafood Shack, which will offer bar patrons seafood-centric appetizers, mains, plus desserts, according to Community Impact. Expect a daily happy hour from 7 p.m., big-screen televisions, pool tables, and dart boards, plus a poker league and karaoke twice a week.
And there will be yet another new place to grab a beer when LT Corner Pub opens at 1310 South Ranch Road 620, Suite B-12, in the Lakeway Plaza Center in the former Jasper’s Big Dog Saloon space. A Lakeway local is set to open the pub with an Irish touch on November 1 and is currently hiring staff. It will small menu and have local brews on tap in addition to Irish favorites such as Guinness and Harp, according to Community Impact. Now open.
Wings alert! The El Paso-based chain Wing Daddy’s Sauce House is setting up house at 9811 I-35 South on the Frontage Road, just south of East Slaughter Lane. Wings not your thing? The menu includes nachos, baby back ribs, burgers, chicken and waffles, beers, and margaritas. Expect flat screens and late night hours Thursdays through Sundays.
The first Austin franchise of the fast-casual Wayback Burgers is headed to Northcross Mall at 2525 W. Anderson Lane. It will start slinging classic American burger joint fare including burgers, chicken tenders, hand-dipped milkshakes, and more this fall.
The owners of Numero28 Pizzeria & Vineria are opening Numero 28 Alimentari, a new Italian bakery, cafe, and cocktail bar next door at 452 W. Second Street. The space formerly housed How Do You Roll? Bonus: There will be a large patio.
Beloved Texas chain Shipley Do-Nuts is headed west to 3620 South RR 620 taking over a former Radio Shack space. The doughnut shop will have nearly 40 varieties of doughnuts, an expanded line of kolaches, and other pastries, plus coffee and espresso drinks, reported Community Impact Newspaper. The opening is scheduled for November 1.
Skull & Cakebones, the local wholesale vegan cakes and cookies bakery, is getting its first brick and mortar at 3991 East Highway 290. Look forward to bread, sweets, cakes, pies, soups and salads. The bakery recently shared a photo from a recipe testing of dinner rolls made with rosemary grown in its garden. It is set to open in mid-October.
Citizen Eatery—a meat-free fast casual restaurant—is taking over the defunct 416 Bar & Grille space on Burnet Road to serve up vegetarian, vegan, and paleo-friendly dishes. There will also be a full bar. The restaurant is now accepting applications for its opening staff. Now open.
Meals on Wheels
Kerlin BBQ kolache fans rejoice: brisket-stuffed kolaches are coming for good. Inspired by the success of the smoked meats-stuffed baked goods, pitmaster and owner Bill Kerlin is launching a kolache trailer by the end of this year. Get ready for the Czech pastry at its best with offerings like chopped brisket and cheddar cheese, meatless spinach and goat cheese, and breakfast-friendly egg and pepper jack.
The drywall is finished and construction continues at Coffee Shark located at 7300 Ranch Road 2222. The coffee spot is scheduled to open at the beginning of October as part of the Shops at Ladera Bend and will offer espresso drinks, food, local craft beers, and wine.
The drive-thru salad chain Salad and Go has set its eye on Austin as its next expansion market. Former Freebirds president Bobby Shaw has taken over CEO, as reported by the Austin Business Journal, and plans to expand the business into Austin in 18-24 months.
An 1940s Austin stone ranch home is being retrofitted to house a family-owned and operated bakery, beer garden, taproom, and retail craft beer shop called Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches. With a focus on craft beer and artisan kolaches (some with fillings from Micklethwait Craft Meats!), the destination is on track for a January 2017 opening.
Add 24 Diner, of all-hours comfort food fame, to the list of familiar restaurants that make up the Domain’s Rock Rose. Like its original on location on 6th and Lamar, it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s on schedule to open in the summer of 2017.
Construction continues on Still Austin Whiskey Co., the city’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition. The grain-to-glass distillery (and whiskey garden!) will offer guests tours, tastings, and DIY experiences. Still Austin is part of the new mixed-use development The Yard on St. Elmo Road and is tentatively opening this fall or early 2017.
With a focus on casual Asian fare for dine-in and takeout, Old Thousand is taking over the space vacated by Tex-Mex spot Mijo’s on East 11th Street. The kitchen—run by Uchi alum James Dumapit and David Baek—has been recipe testing to prepare to a fall opening. Crispy noodles with shrimp and baby scallops, anyone?
Family-favorite Hat Creek Burger Co. is headed to the Domain Northside on the corner of Rock Rose and Esperanza Crossing this December. Expect a playscape, covered patio, and weekly deals.
Healthy fast-casual restaurant Colorado chain Modern Market is headed to the Frost Bank Tower for its second Austin location. Spotlighting seasonal ingredients and satisfying special-diet needs, the counter-service cafe should open by early 2017. There is a third spot in development for Westlake at 3201 Bee Cave Road.
Seafood-centric Cafe Blue is adding a second location this fall at the corner of Second Street and Trinity Street. Its first location is in the Hill Country Galleria. Now open.
When it opens this winter, Stonehouse Coffee + Bar will bring the historical Dawson Stone House on South Lamar back to life. Expect an on-site food truck, gelato, Cuvee coffee, beer, and pastries.
Lavaca Street Bar is opening its third location this winter when it sets up beer, drinks, and television screens to the World of Beer’s shuttered location on South Lamar. The sport bar will house Ralph Gilmore’s Turf ‘n Surf Po’Boys.
Mississippi-based fast casual chain Newk’s Eatery is adding a second location in Austin at 408 Congress Avenue. Once open, you’ll find salads, pizzas, toasted sandwiches, soups, and desserts.
A full-service 30-story Marriott with 615 rooms at Cesar Chavez and Trinity Streets near the Austin Convention Center is due to break ground in May of 2017. With a targeted summer 2019 opening, the hotel plans include three bars and a street-level restaurant, as reported by Statesman.
A 11-story, 347-room hotel project at 1901 San Antonio Street will be Austin’s first dual-branded hotel to feature the Autograph Collection and AC by Marriott brands. Statesman reported that construction is scheduled to start next summer with an opening date in early 2019. A street-level restaurant and bar, a walk-up burger bar, and a rooftop bar are in the works.