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Punk Rock Diner Bombshell Seizes Prime Downtown Spot

Taking over Wahoo’s last Austin location

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Bombshell’s plywood on Rio Grande
Bombshell’s plywood on Rio Grande
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.

Bombshell, the punk rock diner from chef Callie Speer, now has a home. It’ll be found in downtown Austin, taking over Wahoo’s Fish Taco on Rio Grande. The restaurant is slated to open in April for now.

Speer’s solo project will be fun and casual, dishing up breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. It’s safe to expect amazing desserts given her pastry background. She sees Bombshell as her "unapologetic wild child,” dishing out good eats during daytime hours and turning into a proper bar in the evenings.

Speer is getting a little help from some pizza expert friends: Via 313’s Brandon and Zane Hunt are investing in Bombshell. The brothers are also keeping busy with a new bar, Nickel (the former home of Longbranch Inn) and onsite Detroit-focused food truck.

This was Wahoo’s last remaining location in Austin, but it shuttered last fall. Wahoo’s South Congress address is now home to June’s, the latest restaurant from McGuire Moorman Hospitality. Now Wahoo’s only Texas presence is found over in New Braunfels, with other locations across the country and one in Japan.

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