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Downtown Austin Gets New Healthy and Italian Restaurants

Flower Child and North Italia expand to the center of the city

A place of meat and vegetables next to a fork and knife on a napkin with a glass of beer.
Greens and beer from Flower Child
Flower Child/Facebook
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.

Healthy-focused Flower Child and Italian spot North Italia are expanding to downtown Austin later this year. Both chains fall under Fox Restaurant Concepts, run by restaurateur Sam Fox.

The Drake-approved North Italia will dish out pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. Flower Child focuses on what it considers healthier eating, which means vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other sorts of fare. Think grain bowls, hummus, wraps, etc. And, yep, it features a “yoga mat parking area” and Kombucha taps.

The two restaurants will be found in the building formerly known as the Greenwater Treatment Plant, which is currently being redeveloped. The West 2nd Street address is also going to be the future home of additional Google office space.

These are Flower Child’s and North Italia’s second Austin locations. Also under the Fox Restaurant group is Culinary Dropout, which has a Domain Northside location, as well as downtown neighbor True Food Kitchen.

Downtown Italian restaurants already include Numero 28, Sophia's, Red Ash, and numerous others.

Flower Child

1101 Uptown Park Boulevard, , TX 77056 (713) 730-4261 Visit Website

North Italia [Downtown]

500 West 2nd Street, Austin, Texas 78621 Visit Website

Flower Child

500 West 2nd Street, , TX 78701 (512) 777-4132 Visit Website