Far South Austin
Crowd-favorite Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, the barbecue trailer, is opening a brick and mortar at 11500 Manchaca Road. During construction, you can find the trailer there beginning mid-month. Once the restaurant opens, expect an expanded menu of speciality smoked meats dishes.
The masterminds behind the Detroit-style pizza spot Via 313 are turning the former Longbranch Inn’s space into Nickel City, a whiskey-centric “old-school” bar. Watch for an adjacent food truck called Delray Cafe that will serve up Detroit-style favorites, like Coney dogs, sliders, cheese fries, and more — no pizza, though.
The soon-to-open Alamo Drafthouse Mueller revealed details on its attached carnival-inspired event space and bar, Barrel O’ Fun. Daytime hours are family focused, but after hours the “Barrel” becomes a “Bar” (the “r-e-l” letters on the sign will dim) with cocktails and barrel-aged beers, and adult events such as music, karaoke, and comedy.
Barbecue guru Evan LeRoy has partnered with Nathan and Sawyer Lewis to launch a barbecue truck called LeRoy & Lewis in anticipation of opening a restaurant. The former Freedmen’s pitmaster is putting various types of meats and cuts on the menu, including whole hog, quail, lamb, duck, bacon chops, beef strip loin, whole chuck roll, brisket, and pork ribs. The truck will open this spring on Pickle Road. The brick and mortar, which will carry the same name, will be found in the Hill Country along Highway 290 (exact location TBA). The restaurant should open next year.
ELM Restaurant Group, the force behind local favorites Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, and Irene's, is opening Cookbook Cafe, located within the upcoming Austin Central Library. The rotating menu will be inspired by recipe found from various cookbooks available for checkout at the library. The space will offer table service and a coffee counter and wine bar. The library opens this spring.
The owners of Corner Bar and Revelry Kitchen + Bar are opening a family-friendly version of the bar, Revelry on the Boulevard, this spring at 6217 North Lamar Boulevard, according to Community Impact. The space will be much larger than its East Sixth counterpart and include three covered patio areas.
Cafe and specialty market Barley Bean is bringing its coffee, smoothies, and kombucha on draft, pizza, and paninis to 3600 South Lamar Boulevard, reported Community Impact. It will open this summer or fall.
Check out the 57 Austin restaurants announced this past fall here.