The shuttering of Urban Outfitters’ Space 24 Twenty’s two restaurants from out-of-town chefs, Pizzeria Vetri and Symon’s Burger Joint, is making room for the opening of two Austin spots: hot dog/sausage kings Frank and trailer Lucky Lab Coffee’s first cafe, all to be found on the Drag. It looks like the retail company is now banking on local names for the Texas "lifestyle concept."
This will be Frank’s second proper Austin location and third overall, after the original restaurant on West 4th Street and the San Antonio one. It’s set to take over Symon’s Burger Joint’s counter-service space, which directly faces Guadalupe. The projected opening is sometime later this year. It’s safe to expect quick and easy hot dogs, sausages, waffle fries, and beers. The hot dog spot is also running the food and drink options over at the historic beer garden Scholz Garten.
Lucky Lab is taking over Vetri’s larger space for its first ever brick and mortar. The coffee cart is already part of Space 24 Twenty’s food truck court (which also includes Venezuelan trailer Four Brothers and Austin Açaí Company). Lucky will start serving coffee and baked goods from its new digs in September.
Philadelphia-based chef Marc Vetri’s first and only Texas expansion of Pizzeria Vetri shuttered earlier in January, after serving Neapolitan pies for just over a year. Cleveland chef Michael Symon closed down Symon’s Burger Joint (a spin-off of his other fast casual burger chain B Spot Burgers) this past spring, after serving counter-service burgers, hot links, and shakes for nearly one and a half years.