After shuttering on South Congress last fall, Snack Bar is coming back in the form of a new restaurant on 3850 Airport Boulevard. Called Bobo’s Snack Bar, the Cherrywood restaurant is set to open before the end of the year.
Owners Bethany Andrée and Karl Gilkey were always into the idea of an all-snacks restaurant. Bobo’s menu is similar to its predecessor with global small plates, though there will be more of an emphasis on vegetarian dishes. Andrée said that they’re looking to source dishes from local chefs instead of making everything in-house. One item from Snack Bar’s days will appear on the menu: the Lisa’s Favorite GF Brownie.
There will be a full bar with cocktails, wine, and beer, along with coffee, tea, and sodas. Andrée noted that they’re going to pour as many Texas beverages as they can.
Bobo’s will feel like a home, decorated with the goal of “mid-century meets modern,” with indoor and outdoor space, including a deck and fenced-in yard. The Airport Boulevard space used to house an auto assistance office.
The name is inspired by a European restaurant of the same name. When it opens, Bobo’s hours will be from 3 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Andrée and Gilkey opened Snack Bar within the Austin Motel space on South Congress in 2009. They decided to not renew their lease and close the restaurant seven years later instead because the “restaurant scene is tumultuous at best,” according to their shutter note.
The Austin Motel quickly turned the space into the short-lived Fine Foods bar and Jo’s Burger Box food truck, under new owners Greenfield Partners and managing company Bunkhouse Group. Now the South Congress space is turning into a Tex-Mex diner under Bunkhouse group and McGuire Moorman Hospitality, Joann’s, opening in the late summer.
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