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Tex-Mex Restaurant Chain Is Expanding Into East Austin

Chuy’s is opening a location at the growing Plaza Saltillo development

A burrito from Chuy’s
A burrito from Chuy’s
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.

Austin-born Tex-Mex chain Chuy’s is opening its first East Side restaurant at the upcoming Plaza Saltillo development. While there is no specific opening date, as reported by Austin 360, it should be sometime this year. It’s set to open in the area between I-35, 4th, 5th, and Navasota streets.

This new Chuy’s expansion, known for its combination plates, creamy jalapeno dip, and margaritas, and is interesting given the extreme proximities of stalwart Austin Tex-Mex restaurants Cisco’s and Tamale House East.

The first Chuy’s opened on Barton Springs Road in 1982. Now there are currently six in the Austin area, plus numerous restaurants across the country.

Plaza Saltillo will contain both new-to-Austin and Austin places. Whole Foods Market is still opening a supermarket at the development. Instead of the originally pegged affordable 365 by Whole Foods, it’s opening a full version of the grocery store. Then there will be new locations of Dolce Neve, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Tarka Indian Kitchen, and Epoch Coffee. First-to-Austin restaurants and bars include Barcelona Tapas Bar, and Stout Burgers and Beers.


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