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Tex-Mex Restaurant Chain Chuy’s Isn’t Opening in East Austin Anymore

The proposed Plaza Saltillo location was too “close to the original restaurant”

A Tex-Mex dish from Chuy’s
A Tex-Mex dish 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.

Chuy’s, the Austin-born, very popular Tex-Mex restaurant chain, isn’t opening that previously announced East Austin location within the forthcoming Plaza Saltillo development anymore between I-35, 4th, 5th, and Navasota streets.

The restaurant chain wasn’t “ready to make that jump into an urban project so close to the original restaurant,” a Chuy’s rep told Eater. The person was referring to the Barton Springs Road location, which opened in 1982 across the river.

The mixed-use Plaza Saltillo development hasn’t officially opened yet, but multiple announced restaurants have already dropped out. San Antonio Southeast Asian seafood restaurant Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar paused its Austin expansion, which would’ve been found in Saltillo. Neither is the originally announced Los Angeles-based Stout Burgers and Beers nor Austin Juicery.

Recently announced for Plaza Saltillo are Japanese barbecue chain Gyu-Kaku and San Diego-based the Kebab Shop. These are joining Austin places like Dolce Neve, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Whole Foods Market, among other spots.


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