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Xinjiang-Style Barbecue Street Food Restaurant Is Looking to Open in Austin

Fat Ni BBQ is on the hunt for a new location

Fat Ni BBQ’s grilled meat skewers
Fat Ni BBQ’s grilled meat skewers
Thi N./Yelp

Plano, Texas-based Xinjiang-style street food restaurant Fat Ni BBQ is looking to open a new location in Austin, though there is no exact address selected at this time. The reason for the expansion is because many Austinites asked the restaurant when it would open in the area, according to a post on Fat Ni’s website in late August. Read the full note below.

Fat Ni is known for its cumin-drenched meats (think pork belly, squid, chicken hearts, lamb tendons) and vegetables, which are grilled and speared on skewers, with most costing between $1.50 to $2 (with the exception of higher end items like lamb testicles and lobster tails. There are also freshly made noodles (with soupy options), grilled buns, whole fish, beers, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

Fat Ni is on an expansion kick as of late: it’s already opening a new restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Carrollton in January 2019, as well as Houston. Eater reached out for more details on the Austin expansion; watch this space for updates.

Fat Ni owner Guiqiao Chen (the name stems from her nickname) started the barbecue spot as a series of food trucks out in Flushing, Queens in New York City back in 2013. She expanded with her first dine-in restaurant in Plano in 2016.

Fat Ni BBQ’s Austin Announcement

Fat Ni BBQ is expanding. We had so many customers from Austin asking when can we open our store in Austin TX area. We are very excited to announce that we are currently working on looking for a good site in Austin where it will be close to our customers.

If you have any good location in Austin that you would like to share with us, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can contact Yan at and she will follow up with you.

In the end, we’d like to say thank you to our customers again. Your support is what drives us to success.

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