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California Kebab Chain Plans Second Texas Location Before First Even Opens

The Kebab Shop is quite confident in its kebabs

Kebabs from the Kebab Shop
Kebabs from the Kebab Shop
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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.

The Kebab Shop, the San Diego-based fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, is already planning its second location before its first Texas spot opens in Austin. The newly announced location will be found at East Austin mixed-use development Plaza Saltillo in the East 5th Street area. It’s expected to open sometime in early 2020.

Kebab Shop’s first Texas and Austin location is set to open in mid-August — projected on Thursday, August 15 at this point — at 9761 Great Hills Trails in the Arboretum. Both locations are being helmed by co-owner Wally Sadat.

Kebab Shop’s main dish is the doner kebab, a Turkish dish consisting of roasted spiced meat (chicken, lamb, or beef), which is carved from a rotating spit. There are sandwiches, boxes, and plates, with sides like saffron rice, hummus, fries, and olives. Other items also include caprese and Greek salads, falafel, and a variety of sauces.

The forthcoming food and drink lineup at Plaza Saltillo currently includes Dolce Neve, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Snooze, Chuy’s, Chipotle, as well as Whole Foods Market. San Antonio Southeast Asian seafood restaurant Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar isn’t opening in the development.

The first Kebab Shop opened in 2007 in San Diego by Sadat’s brother-in-law Tony Farmand.

The Kebab Shop [Austin]

9761 Great Hills Trails, Austin, Texas 78759 Visit Website