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CHERRYWOOD — Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass and executive chef Fermín Núñez have finally announced what they’re doing with the former Eastside Cafe space — a Mexican seafood restaurant called Este. It should open late this year or early next year.
SOUTH CONGRESS — Cinnamon roll experts Teal House Bakery are opening a restaurant location on South Congress before the end of the year. It will serve coffee drinks and feature an expanded menu of baked goods (kolaches, croissants, cookies) as well as lunch options, eventually.
SOUTH LAMAR — Favorite local bakery Easy Tiger is taking over the former Red’s Porch on South Lamar. This third location will have a biergarten, baked goods, and more space for workshops.
ST. EDWARDS — Seafood catering company Huckleberry Hospitality is expanding to a food truck at Nomadic Beerworks. Look for seafood po’ boys coming in April.
EAST AUSTIN — Fast-casual California sandwich chain Mendocino Farms is heading to the Saltillo development this fall. The 32 nationwide locations serve sandwiches like pork belly banh mi and ones with Impossible meats.
CAMPUS — Marijuana-themed sandwich chain Cheba Hut is opening on Guadalupe Street by campus. It offers a full bar and will open in April, with plans already in the works for a second location.
WESTLAKE — Tiny Pies is opening a third location in Westlake, sharing space with Blenders and Bowls starting on March 14.
CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN — A vegan cafe for creatives is opening soon on Chicon Street. Dear Diary will have coffee drinks, grab-and-go snacks, and beer as well as community diaries.
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February 2020 Announcements
EAST AUSTIN — Aaron Franklin is teaming up with several Austin all-stars for a sandwich shop and bar, dubbed Uptown Sports Club. It’s taking over the long-shuttered Uptown Sports on East Sixth.
DOMAIN — Crepe-focused Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café is coming to the Domain this summer, taking over the place of Steeping Room. A mini-chain out of Houston, the restaurant will serve sweet and savory crepes, like a Canadian-themed one with poutine and maple syrup.
DOWNTOWN — A third location of taco spot OneTaco is opening in downtown Austin in the Frost Bank Tower. It will be taking over the shuttered Taco Shack, and will open before South by Southwest in March.
SOUTH CONGRESS — The newest project from Bunkhouse hospitality, Hotel Magdalena, will include live fire-focused restaurant, Summer House on Music Lane. Think: grilled and rotisserie meats, cocktails, and natural wines.
ST. ELMO — Two new restaurants are heading to the under-construction St. Elmo development: Fire Dance Pizza and a third location of Greater Goods Coffee. Fire Dance features wood-fired pizza with sourdough crusts while Greater Goods is a charitable coffee shop.
NORTH CAMPUS — Upscale neighborhood bar Honey Moon is taking over the former spot of Salvation Pizza on 34th Street, serving cocktails and food. It should open this summer.
ZILKER — Lakeside restaurant Ski Shores Cafe is venturing out to a second location on Barton Springs Road, taking over the former Darcy’s Donkey spot. Starting this spring, it will serve a similar menu of burgers, queso, and breakfast tacos, and feature a game room.
AUSTIN — An Atari-themed hotel is heading to Austin, bringing an arcade bar, restaurant, and possibly a bakery.
January 2020 Announcements
MLK — Essential barbecue spot Micklethwait Craft Meats is opening a taco truck called Taco Bronco. Expect brisket, barbacoa, and pulled pork carnitas, plus house-made hot sauce.
DRIPPING SPRINGS — La Vacher, a French restaurant using Texas ingredients, will open in the spring. Look for sous-vide meats, potato casserole, loads of fries, and potato beignets.
HANCOCK — Barley Swine alums Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu (Eater Young Gun ’16) are collaborating to open Lutie’s Garden Restaurant at the Commodore Estate this spring. It will feature dishes with ingredients sourced locally and on the property.
SOUTH AUSTIN — Chef Amir Hajimaleki is opening two new restaurants: a second location of Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar and a seafood restaurant called Keepers. They’ll be located next to each other on Slaughter Lane, in the former home of North by Northwest, and open in fall and summer, respectively.
CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN — Funky east side bar Rio Rita will reopen sometime soon with new owners: Tamara Hoover and Maggie Lea of Cheer Up Charlie’s.
CRESTVIEW — Downtown Neapolitan pizzeria The Backspace is expanding to Anderson Lane. No details available about when it will open and if the menu will be different.
RAINEY — The last remaining home in downtown-adjacent Rainey Street is being turned into Rainey Tavern by Bob Woody, who also owns several downtown bars like Buford’s Beer Garden.
DOWNTOWN — After many years of pop-ups, Indian-Texas chef Deepa Shridhar is finally opening a restaurant, 33 Tigers. It will feature a wine selection and a small menu that does include naan croissants.
NORTH CAMPUS — Jamaican restaurant Island Thyme is coming to Guadalupe Street. It will serve customizable rice bowls, salads, and wraps.
SOUTHEAST AUSTIN — Meanwhile Brewing is coming to Austin courtesy Will Jaquiss and of essential brewery Breakside in Portland. The brewery is located on several acres, and will feature food trucks and games.
DOWNTOWN — Essential Houston sandwich shop Local Foods is coming to West Second Street this summer. It’s known for sandwiches, salads, soups, and the like made with local ingredients.
AUSTIN — Asian fusion trailer East Side King is opening four new restaurants in Austin, starting with one in Cedar Park and another in the Arboretum. Founded by Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya, it was sold to Austin-based company Murphy Adams Restaurant Group last year.
EAST AUSTIN — Baker and dietician Hannah Casparian is opening Hannah Bakery, to be housed in a shipping container in east Austin. She is currently crowdfunding, and will serve sweet and savory breads, baked goods, soups, and salads.
DOWNTOWN — Fancy Greek restaurant Simi Estiatorio is opening in the Littlefield Building downtown early this year. Expect a whitewashed decor, seafood flown in from the Mediterranean, and Green and American wines.
NORTH AUSTIN — Tsaocaa, a Chinese chain known for cheese tea and bubble tea, is coming to the Market at Lake Creek shopping center. No word yet on an opening date.
HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA — Casual American restaurant The League Kitchen + Tavern is opening a second location in the Hill Country Galleria in early 2020.
Fall 2019 Announcements
EAST SIXTH — Grill-it-yourself restaurant chain Gyu-Kaku is heading to the new Plaza Saltillo development next year. The Japanese restaurant, which has 700 locations worldwide, serves meats, ramen, cocktails, and rice dishes.
EAST SIXTH — Also coming to Plaza Saltillo is Sunset Valley poke spot Poke Austin. This second location will have customizable poke bowls and expanded alcohol offerings.
NORTH CAMPUS — Two new hotels by campus — “casual luxury” the Otis and more informal AC Austin — will open in 2020, bringing four new restaurants and bars. The Otis will have a Texas-influenced Acre 41 and rooftop bar Otopia, while Burger Bar and casual Bar AC will be at AC Austin.
AUSTIN — Los Angeles burger chain Fatburger announced 25 locations coming to Texas, including some in Austin, though it’s unknown where they will be.
NORTH BURNET — Texas’s oldest barbecue restaurant Southside Market & Barbeque in Elgin is expanding to Austin. The restaurant, which opened in 1882, specializes in sausages as well as barbecue classics.
DOWNTOWN AND SOUTH AUSTIN — Bull & Bowl, a bar that has a mechanical bull and duckpin bowling, is taking over two locations that were slated for shuttered game bar The Goodnight. It’s heading into West Sixth (along with TenTen and Mayfair) and Manchaca Road.
DOWNTOWN — A self-pour wine bar, Wanderlust Wine Bar is heading to the very end of East Sixth before I-35. Plans are to offer 50 to 60 kinds of wine from around the world (many on-tap), serve tapas, and open this winter.
AUSTIN — Tony C’s Pizza and Beer Garden (a more casual offshoot of Tony C’s) is opening two locations in Austin — one on West Anderson and another in Round Rock. The restaurants should open in 2020, offering a “red-sauce Italian vibe” and coal-fired pizzas.
HIGHLAND — Farmers market favorite Steamie’s Dumplings is opening a shop on Airport Boulevard. It will sell frozen dumplings and experiment with new offerings like soup dumplings and sticky rice.
LAKE AUSTIN — The new H-E-B opening on South Exposition Boulevard in 2021 will have a location of the beloved Texas grocery store’s barbecue restaurant, True Texas Barbecue. An H-E-B on Slaughter Lane, which will also have the barbecue restaurant, will likely open first.
AUSTIN — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a popular chain for frozen treats out of Ohio, is opening two Austin locations: one in Rock Rose at the Domain and another on South Congress. Look for scoops and flights with flavors like salty caramel, brambleberry crisp, and frosé sorbet.
SOUTH CONGRESS — California mini-chain Gelato Paradiso is opening next to Hopdoddy on South Congress. It serves a variety of gelato flavors and coffee, and may be takeaway only.
CENTRAL EAST AUSTIN — The historic Victory Grill, a former African-American club, is being turned into a second location of the Rolling Rooster, a chicken and waffles restaurant.
FOUR POINTS — Los Angeles-based hot dog chain Dog Haus Biergarten is opening in northwest Austin. The fast-casual restaurant will have 24 beer taps and a variety of sausages in buns.
DOWNTOWN — Lin Asian Bar, from dim sum chef Ling Qi Wu, is expanding with second, more upscale restaurant, Qi. The new restaurant will experiment with higher-end items like truffles, caviar, and uni, and will open in January.
WEST SIXTH — While Italian supper club Sophia’s has closed, the owners are collaborating with another restaurant group to open a dining and nightlife experience, Devil May Care. It will open this month.
BRYKER WOODS — Donuts Please, a fancy donut shop, is coming to West 38th Street early next year. Co-owners and couple Angel and Arianna Salinas have been researching donuts around the country for three years. [Update - not anymore]
TRAVIS HEIGHTS — Massive Chicago hospitality company Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, currently under fire for a sexual assault lawsuit, is opening its first Austin restaurant with Aba from Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson. This is an expansion of the Mediterranean restaurant, which is based in Chicago, and will open on Music Lane in spring 2020.
SOUTH CONGRESS — Fast-casual salad spot Sweetgreen will open on South Congress early next year. The chain will bring some Texas-specific menu items.
GOVALLE — Adorable bakery OMG Squee is moving from farmer’s market to a shop on Bolm Road. It will have treats like jiggly cheesecake, macarons, soft-serve ice cream, and more, and will be. entirely gluten-free.
AUSTIN — Oregon-based coffee chain Black Rock Coffee Bar is bringing three locations to town: one in South Austin, one in Pflugerville, and one in Round Rock. It serves espresso and coffee drinks, as well as its own brand of energy drink, with all locations opening by next year.
SOUTH CONGRESS — Tiny Rainey Street bar Little Brother is opening another tiny, coffee-only window out of the Maufrais lifestyle store.
RAINEY — The team behind Little Brother Bar is also bringing a new burrito truck with a touch of Taco Bell to Rainey Street. Bummer Burrito will open this year and will be parked at Little Brother.
LINC — BATL, an ax-throwing bar, is heading to North Austin development the Linc in early 2020. It will serve beer, wine, and cider as well as offer food from a local restaurant.
ZILKER — Bouldin Acres, a casual outdoor spot from the EastSide Tavern team, should open soon. The restaurant and bar will feature burgers, sandwiches, and outdoor games.
HIGHLAND — Sazan Ramen, a restaurant dedicated to creamy chicken broth, is coming to Highland soon.
EAST CONGRESS — Wham Bam Bagels & Coffee, a bagel truck from the co-owner of South Lamar wine bar Aviary Wine + Kitchen Marco Fiorilo is coming to South Austin soon. In addition to sandwiches made with Rosen’s Bagels, it will serve coffee.
DOMAIN — Omaha-based seafood chain Plank Seafood Provisions is opening in the Domain next year. It’s from the same people as Rainey Street “Tex-Asian” pub Anthem. Sister Japanese restaurant Blue Sushi Sake Grill will also open in the Domain next year.
BRENTWOOD — Chinese restaurant Old Thousand is opening a second location on Burnet Road. It will open this year with more casual counter service.
DOWNTOWN — Coconut Club, a new tropical dance bar from two alums of Cheer-Up Charlie’s, will open in the Warehouse District this year. Look for frozen drinks with fresh ingredients, like a piña colada.
WINDSOR PARK — Pizzeria and deli Little Deli is opening a second location in Windsor Park imminently. The new location will offer the same menu of Jersey-style thin crust pies.
SOUTH CONGRESS — Fancy department store Neighborhood Goods is coming to Music Lane, and bringing a restaurant, too, to open in 2020.
SOUTH CONGRESS — California-based juice bar and health store SunLife Organics is also coming to Music Lane, opening its first Texas location in Austin.
DOWNTOWN — Dallas-based taco chain Velvet Taco will open a second location on Congress Avenue. It will offer the same menu of unique tacos, like fish and chips and chicken and waffles.
AUSTIN — A barbecue photographer is bringing his goods to real life with Wanderlust Craft BBQ & Coffee. The trailer will open with meats and coffee drinks in mid-2020.
HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA — FoliePop’s is bringing customizable French desserts to Austin in the spring of 2020. Guests choose a base (like brownie or croissant), filling, and pop (chocolate sphere meant to be cracked on top).
HIGHLAND — Massive Korean restaurant chain BB.Q Chicken is opening its first Austin location with fried chicken and other Korean dishes. No opening date for the restaurant yet.
AUSTIN — Burgeoning hospitality empire McGuire Moorman Hospitality announced three new restaurants coming soon. Sammy’s is an Italian red sauce restaurant taking over the former Hut’s Hamburgers. Favorite Pizza will be a casual pizzeria next door. And Neighborhood Sushi will open on South Congress.
ABIA — Favorite sushi spot Komé is resurrecting their former truck Sushi A Go Go as a restaurant in the airport. It will serve rolls and sashimi.
HIGHLAND — Crux Climbing Center is opening a second location in Highland, and bringing Spokesman Coffee along with it. Spokesman will serve its same menu of coffee drinks, kombucha, and grab-and-go items like panini, and will open early 2020.
BEE CAVE — St. Louis-based, Austin-owned pizza spot ’Zza Pizza + Salad is opening at Colinas Crossing this month. It serves crispy pizzas and a variety of salads.
ZILKER — Austin Eastciders is opening a second tasting room in the former digs of Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs Road. It will open early next year.
DOWNTOWN — Taquero Mucho, a new taqueria from the team behind Gabriela’s Downtown, is opening in the former spot of Frank and Angie’s in West Sixth. It will have tacos and a full bar, and should open soon.
CRESTVIEW — A natural wine bar is coming to West Anderson Lane early next year from Sunrise Mini Mart manager Sam Rozani. It will also serve tapas, though that menu (and the name) hasn’t been finalized.
EAST CESAR CHAVEZ — Shuttered bar Craftsman is turning into High Noon, a new bar from the teams behind ’70s bar Kitty Cohen’s and honky tonk bar White Horse. It will open next year.
Summer 2019 Announcements
TRAVIS HEIGHTS — Bishop Cidercade, a combination cider bar and arcade from Dallas, will take over the former Joe’s Crab Shack on Riverside Drive. It will serve 30 types of cider and wine, with a $10 cover charge to play unlimited games.
FITZHUGH — Celebrated pastry chef Abby Love, formerly of Dai Due, announced that she will open her own bakery, L’Oven, in the new Barton Springs Mill facility, which is next to Treaty Oak Distillery. Expect lots of breads, wood-fired pizzas, and a few pastries along with coffee.
MANOR — The owners of pasta favorite Patrizi’s are turning the former Unit D Pizzeria into a Cajun restaurant, Vic & Al’s in late fall. While the team formerly leant this name to a food truck, the restaurant will serve more bar-style food, like boudin and gumbo.
AUSTIN — A New York-style breakfast truck, Brooklyn Breakfast Shop, will open in mid-August. It will offer pastries, hashes, and breakfast sandwiches on a biscuit, naan, or buckwheat English muffin bun from Peached Tortilla alum Ryan Rosen.
ROSEDALE — A charcuterie and cheese company, Spread & Co., is opening a restaurant on West 38th Street this fall. In addition to boards, the menu will include sandwiches, dips, pickled items, beer, and wine.
DOWNTOWN — European-style aperitivo bar In Plain Sight will take over The Squeezery’s spot in downtown coworking space The Riveter Co. It will serve snacks and drinks, with a focus on natural wine.
BOULDIN — A combination coffee shop, bar, pizzeria, and bike shop The Meteor will open in South Congress this August. It will sell Roman-style pizza by the slice.
DAWSON — The new H-E-B coming to South Congress in 2022 will house a food hall, with a beer garden, tacos, and barbecue.
WEST CAMPUS — A new “millennial-friendly” hotel, Moxy (which is an offshoot of Marriott), is heading to Guadalupe Street and brining Zombie Tacos, a 24/7 taco restaurant, with it. This will be the second location for the chain, which started in Chicago and serves massive 17-pound burritos.
BELTERRA — Canada-based chain Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop is heading to the Belterra development. In addition to traditional sushi and poke, it offers some unique creations like sushi burgers, sushi pizza, and sushi tacos.
DOWNTOWN AND SOUTH AUSTIN — Bull & Bowl, a bar with a mechanical bull riding and duckpin bowling, will open in locations originally slated for now-shuttered The Goodnight on West Sixth Street and Manchaca. It will serve bar food like sliders and tacos.
SAN MARCOS — Late-night diner Kerbey Lane Cafe will open at Texas State University in 2020, taking over the lease of Saltgrass Steakhouse.
SOUTH AUSTIN — Icelandic food truck Tiny Iceland plans to bring many forms of the dairy product skyr to South Austin when its truck opens in September. Owner Rosa Amelia Arnadottir is Icelandic and plans to serve skyr in smoothies, with fruit, and on pancakes.
EAST SIXTH — San Diego-based The Kebab Shop is adding a second Austin location to the Plaza Saltillo development in 2020. In addition to doner kebab, it serves salads, falafel, saffron rice, and other sides.
ZILKER — Brooklyn Pizza and Bar, an offshoot of Texas chain Brooklyn Pie Co., is moving into the former Henri’s Cheese & Wine Shop on South Lamar very soon. This is the seventh Austin restaurant for the chain, and keeps the same menu of giant slices, salads, and more.
CAMPUS — Roppolo’s Pizza is opening a location on Guadalupe, and will add chicken wings and Italian burgers. It will also add TVs to the space for students to watch games
AUSTIN — New Orleans-based PJ’s Coffee announced plans to open 25 locations in Austin over the next ten years. The chain is staying mum on the location of the first Austin shop.
AUSTIN — Massive indoor dog park Canine Commons announced that it will have a dog-friendly coffee shop as part of its 50,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor facility.
BRENTWOOD — Chicken tender restaurant Happy Chicks is expanding to a third location in the former El Chilito on Burnet Road.
RAINEY — The Natiivo, the Airbnb hotel on Rainey Street, will include a ground-level coffee shop and lounge when it opens in September 2021.
DOWNTOWN — Downtown construction project The Independent will have a coffee shop and bar on its ground floor. It’s meant to have the feel of the bar in the television show Cheers.
May 2019 Announcements
CRESTVIEW — Ramen Tatsu-ya is welcoming a new restaurant style to its family with hot pot restaurant DipDipDip Tatsu-ya. It will open in June with customizable hot pots filled with ingredients like udon, meats, and vegetables.
AUSTIN — James Beard Award nominee Kevin Fink is planning another restaurant in Austin, thought little is known except the name: Kalimotxo, which is a Spanish drink of red wine and soda.
DOWNTOWN — Favorite butcher shop and restaurant Salt & Time is opening a cafe in Republic Square Park downtown later this summer. It will serve mostly sandwiches, bowls, pastries, and the like.
CAMPUS — Insomnia Cookies, a bakery and delivery service, will open on Guadalupe Street this summer. In addition to goodies at the store, the bakery delivers until 3 a.m.
CAMPUS AND SUNSET VALLEY — Fast-casual Chinese restaurant Bao’d Up is expanding to two new locations on Rio Grande Street and in Sunset Valley. The new locations will have a more streamlined menu, which may include new breakfast items.
ROSEDALE — Fast-casual grain bowl restaurant Honest Mary’s is opening a second location on Burnet Road. It will serve the same menu of customizable grain bowls.
CHERRYWOOD — While Unit D pizza has closed, the owners of Patrizi’s are opening something new in the space, though it will not simply be an expansion of the truck.
SUNSET VALLEY — Though the first location opened last week, saucy sandwich shop Ike’s Love & Sandwiches is already planning a second location on Brodie Lane. This is part of a rapid expansion across the southwest for the San Francisco-based shop.
DOWNTOWN — Korean-Mexican food truck Chi’lantro is expanding to a sixth brick and mortar shop. It will open downtown next week.
DOWNTOWN — Baked and Boozy, which focuses on alcohol-infused pies, is opening at the Royal Blue Grocery on Congress Avenue in the next few weeks. The flavors, like berries with amaretto, are available by the slice.
ROUND ROCK — Sweet Charlie’s, a national chain that serves Thai-inspired rolled ice cream and Belgian waffles, is moving into Round Rock this summer. The ice cream comes in frozen yogurt and vegan forms, too.
AUSTIN — Houston’s health-focused restaurant Vibrant is in the early stages of planning an Austin expansion. It serves dishes like buckwheat pancakes and bone broth.
CENTRAL AUSTIN — The team behind Pho Please is opening a new Vietnamese restaurant, Sip Pho. It’s moving into the former home of Ruby’s Barbecue on West 29th Street.
HERITAGE — Maaribu, a cafe, bakery, and home goods store, is opening on Guadalupe Street next year. It looks like it might be gluten-free.
April 2019 Announcements
EAST AUSTIN — Essential taco shop Veracruz All Natural is building a third physical restaurant on Webberville Road to replace its original East Cesar Chavez truck, which can only keep its lease through the end of the year.
SOUTH AUSTIN — Combination barbershop and bar Scissors and Scotch is opening its first Texas location in the Lantana Place development. Alongside services like haircut, shaving, and waxing, the shop has a full bar, open to anyone (not just patrons, though they do get a free drink with service).
EAST CESAR CHAVEZ — Restaurant and bar Oseyo is coming to the old Los Huaraches space, bringing an industrial-chic vibe and a wood-burning grill. The name means “please come in” in Korean.
MERCADO HEIGHTS — Longtime local bar Lustre Pearl is heading to Manchaca Road for its fourth location.
AUSTIN — Southeast Asian street food truck Talād Thai and Lao Street Food will start serving this summer. Expect a seasonal menu with items like papaya salad, pork skewers, and crispy rice salad.
ANDERSON MILL — Michi Ramen is expanding to a third location on Anderson Mill Road, bringing its same noodle soup bowls. It should open soon.
MCKINNEY — Pinthouse Pizza is opening a fourth location in South Austin, though this one won’t have a full kitchen (it’s more focused on beer).
ROUND ROCK — Neighborhood spot Night Owl Bar is opening a second location up north. It should be ready by this summer.
HIGHLAND — All-hours coffee shop Bennu Coffee will open in the Fivetwo development in the former Highland Mall later this year. Though it’s larger, it will serve the same menu of coffee and snacks.
AUSTIN — Houston-based Magical Dessert Bar, known for unicorn-everything desserts, is expanding to Austin. Location and opening date in Austin are TBD.
TECH RIDGE — Pinstack, a combination restaurant/bar/entertainment venue is coming to north Austin later this year. The Texas-based chain will serve burgers and cocktails alongside bumper cars, a bowling alley, and the like.