Ling Qi Wu, the chef of Clarksville spot Lin Asian Bar who is known for her famed dim sum and soup dumplings, is opening a new downtown Austin restaurant. Qi will be located at 835 West 6th Street in the Shoal Creek Walk building, slated to open for Chinese New Year 2020, which is on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Qi will be different than Lin Asian Bar: the menu will feature modern Asian food with higher-end ingredients, like truffles, caviar, and sea urchin, according to Wu’s husband Jimmy Ng who is involved with the restaurant. She was inspired to open the new place during a trip to California, which may explain why the restaurant will partner with Lanfang Farm in Manor, Texas to grow the restaurant’s vegetables.
The new restaurant space, which is around 3,000 square feet, will include three private dining rooms and a patio. It will be designed by Bercy Chen Studio LP, which also worked on East Austin Hotel.
Lin Asian Bar, located less than half a mile away from the new restaurant, will stay open. Lin opened in June 2018 and has remained packed, even attracting famous guests like Martha Stewart. Before opening Lin, Wu was the opening dim sum chef at Wu Chow, also located in the same neighborhood.