Popular fast-casual Chinese restaurant Bao’d Up is expanding with not one, but two more restaurants in Austin. The first will be found in the University of Texas Austin area at 23rd and Rio Grande streets opening sometime before the end of May. The second is set for a location somewhere in Sunset Valley.
“My goal is to spread bao to everyone in Austin,” said Bao’d Up owner Ting Lin. For the campus-area location, he wants to implement cashless kiosk ordering systems with cubby pickups.
The second Bao’d will offer a simpler menu as compared to the original Mueller shop, but expect bao (steamed buns filled with meats, cheeses, tofu, vegetables, and/or red beans) and gua bao (essentially little sandwiches with fillings), as well as bubble teas. Lin also teased the addition of a breakfast menu starting the fall.
Lin was also a founder of Xian Sushi and Noodle, which has three locations in Austin. He opened Bao’d Up in the Mueller neighborhood in July 2017.