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The Most Anticipated Austin Restaurant Openings of 2022

From a new brewery on Rainey to an updated pizza spot to coastal Mexican fare

2022 continues and at least there are new dining options to look forward to. The year started off strong already with several exciting restaurant openings: the new restaurant location of beloved taco truck Mi Trailita Y Mas in Windsor Park, Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig, steakhouse Maie Day, and acclaimed chef Mashama Bailey’s downtown restaurants.

Coming attractions include a bookstore and wine bar, a Vietnamese comfort food truck, boozy aguas frescas in far south Austin, and more.

Alas, a few projected openings for the year have been pushed into 2023: Aaron Franklin and James Moody’s sandwich shop Uptown Sports Club, the expansion of Uchi’s casual Japanese Dallas restaurant Uchiba and butcher shop/restaurant Salt & Time’s burger-focused spinoff the Butcher’s Burger.

Read on for 2022’s most exciting restaurant openings, listed in chronological order. This guide will be updated as the year continues.

Bisous

Address: 1109 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar
Opening: Mid-September 2022

Former Foreign & Domestic chef Bianca Frasier is opening a food truck with Vietnamese and Southern comfort food in front of Gibson Bar on South Lamar. The truck will serve dishes like thit ko (coconut milk-braised pork over rice), corn fritters, and avocado ice cream.

Vintage Bookstore and Wine Bar

Address: 1101 East 11th Street, Central East Austin
Opening: September 2022

Cozy up in velvet couches and tufted armchairs in the lounge in this wine bar and bookstore. To drink, there will be wines by the glass plus local beer, coffee, and tea. The shop will also serve baked goods like kolaches and grazing boxes from Cultured ATX, with cheese, fruits, charcuterie, and condiments.

Marufuku Ramen

Address: 1900 Aldrich Street, Mueller
Opening: September 2022

San Francisco ramen shop Marufuku is bringing its famed Hakata-style tonkotsu to Austin this year. The menu will also include chicken paitan ramen, rice bowls, gyoza, karaage, takoyaki, and steamed buns.

Este

Address: 2113 Manor Road, Cherrywood
Opening: Summer 2022

The team behind modern Mexican restaurant Suerte — executive chef Fermín Núñez and Sam Hellman-Mass — are opening a new restaurant focused on Mexican coastal cuisine in the former Eastside Cafe space. That means local, sustainable fish and shellfish, and heavy use of a charcoal grill.

BBQ Ramen Tatsu-Ya

Address: 2027 Anchor Lane, MLK
Opening: Late Summer 2022

The Ramen/Kemuri/DipDipDip/Tiki Tatsu-ya team is taking over the former Contigo space for a restaurant that will serve up ramen and house-smoked meats, such as brisket, tri-tip, pork belly, and chicken. There will be cocktails too.

Golden Hour

Address: 7731 Menchaca Road, South Austin
Opening: Late Summer 2022

There’s a new wine bar and cafe heading to South Austin from owner and chef Barclay Stratton, formerly of Lenoir and others. The cafe will serve all-day snacks like bread, butter, and charcuterie, as well as pastries for breakfast and dishes like Alabama oysters, pastillas (North African meat or seafood pies), and blood sausage for dinner, along with playful, funky wines.

Bufalina

Address: 2215 East Cesar Chavez Street, Holly
Opening: Summer/Fall 2022

After closing its original location on Cesar Chavez in 2021, Bufalina is coming back better than ever, with the new addition of chef Grae Nonas of Italian pop-up Le Cowboy. That likely means that pastas and bread will join Bufalina’s pizza lineup.

Lulu’s

Address: 10402 Menchaca Road, Far South Austin
Opening: September/October 2022

A mother/daughter duo is opening a bar in South Austin inspired by Mexico City. The bar will serve Mexican cocktails like palomas and boozy aguas frescas.

Day Dreamer

Address: 1708 East Sixth Street, East Sixth
Opening: Fall 2022

There’s a powerhouse hospitality team behind this forthcoming neighborhood bar — the partners come from wine bar Birdie’s, East Austin patio cocktail spot Kitty Cohen’s, honky-tonk dive bar the White Horse, East Austin retro bar High Noon, and East Riverside bar Frazier’s. There will be hand-cranked cocktails from a Crawler Champion Shaker and Allday, a truck with pizza, meatballs, and soft serve from two of the founders of Sammataro.

Ling Wu Asian Restaurant

Address: 7415 Southwest Parkway, Southwest Austin
Opening: Fall 2022

Chef Ling Qi Wu, who’s behind Lin Asian Bar + Dim Sum in Clarksville and Qi in downtown, is opening a third restaurant in the Lantana Place complex. In addition to the dishes she is known for — dumplings, noodles, and dim sum — Ling Wu Asian Restaurant will serve recipes from Wu’s grandmother and raw fish dishes. There’s also a fourth restaurant opening at the Grove in 2023 and a fifth restaurant, Ling Kitchen.

The Stay Put

Address: 73 Rainey Street, Rainey
Opening: Fall 2022

There’s a new brewery and cocktail bar coming to Rainey Street in the former G’Raj Mahal space. The Stay Put comes from the same hospitality group as fellow Rainey bar Half Step and King Bee, and will serve beers that are “easy drinkers” as well as cocktails.

Underdog

Address: 1600 South First Street, Bouldin Creek
Opening: November 2022

South Austin is getting a new wine restaurant courtesy of couple/partners sommelier Richard Hargreave (who is a Momofuku alum) and Claudia Lee. Wine-wise, expect biodynamic wines from smaller wine producers and winemakers. As for the food, Hargreave describes it as “Asian Australian with a Texas influence.” To that effect, the couple is working with partner Morgan McGlone, an Australian chef who is behind the continent’s mini-chain Belles Hot Chicken. Expect Korean-Japanese-Southern-style fried chicken, ebi katsu (shrimp cutlet) burgers, mussels, and caviar.


Already Opened in 2022

Mi Trailita Y Mas

Address: 5706 Manor Road, Windsor Park
Opened: January 21, 2022

Beloved Windsor Park taco truck Mi Trailita expanded to a physical restaurant down the road. The new restaurant has tacos, tostadas, gorditas, and tortas like the truck, and adds new items like enchiladas and chile rellenos. The truck remains in operation.

Meat & Bread

Address: 360 Nueces Street, Downtown
Opened: March 8, 2022

Vancouver-based fast-casual restaurant Meat & Bread opened its only location in the U.S. in downtown Austin. The restaurant is known for its sandwiches like porchetta and meatball, and also serves dips, soups, salads, and more along with beer and wine.

The Diner Bar and Grey Market

Address: 506 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown (in the Thompson hotel)
Opening: Grey Market opened on March 11, 2022, and the Diner Bar opened March 31, 2022

James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey, behind famed Savannah restaurant the Grey, and business partner Johno Morisano, opened two Austin restaurants in the Thompson Hotel. Bailey has said Diner Bar will work as a “cocktail bar-slash-snack thing” with sandwiches, charcuterie, and classic dishes from the original restaurant in Savannah. On the other hand, Grey Market, which opened during South by Southwest, functions as a “bodega-meets-lunch counter,” with counter service and grab-and-go items.

Hildee’s Dine-Inn

Address: 14111 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley
Opened: March 31, 2022

Former Houston chef Ryan Hildebrand is opening a new restaurant in Wimberley, focusing on Hill Country/Southern/New Texan fare. Look for smoked meats, confit tomato pie, and malted pecan pies. The restaurant will include a covered patio and lounge seating along the creek and lawn, plus an intricate playscape for children.

Maie Day

Address: 1603 South Congress Avenue, South Congress
Opened: May 1, 2022

Hospitality groups New Waterloo (South Congress Hotel) and MaieB (Olamaie) teamed up for this American restaurant in the South Congress Hotel. Look for steaks, oysters, a fancy bloomin’ onion, and a giant slice of chocolate cake.

Pecan Square Cafe

Address: 1200 West Sixth Street, Clarksville
Opened: April 11, 2022

McGuire Moorman Lambert’s latest restaurant aesthetic is Pecan Square Cafe, which took over the former Cafe Josie space. In the expectedly gorgeous space (including a patio with a water feature and sleek bar), the restaurant serves new American fare like thin-crust pizzas, pastas, and more. MML will have two more bars, Howard’s and Rosie’s, across the street, although their opening dates are unknown.

Honey Pig

Address: 11301 Lakeline Boulevard, Lakeline
Opened: July 4, 2022

East Coast Korean barbecue restaurant Honey Pig BBQ arrived in the same shopping center as H Mart in Lakeline. The restaurant features grill-it-yourself meats like bulgogi, pork belly, tripe, duck, squid, and more, as well as Korean dishes like kimchi pancakes, dumplings, tteokbokki, and noodles. The original restaurant opened in Maryland in 2007 and has expanded across the country and in Taiwan.

Este

2113 Manor Road, Austin, Texas 78722

Ling Wu Asian Restaurant

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 3 Suite 400, Austin, TX 78735

Day Dreamer

1708 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Mi Trailita Y Mas

5706 Manor Road, , TX 78723 (512) 433-6044 Visit Website

Hildee’s Dine-Inn

14111 Winters Mill Parkway, Wimberley, Texas 78676 Visit Website

Marufuku Ramen [Austin]

1900 Aldrich Street, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78723 Visit Website

Underdog

1600 South First Street, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

The Diner Bar [Austin]

501 Brazos Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website

Meat & Bread

360 Nueces Street, , TX 78701 (512) 947-7320 Visit Website

The Grey Market [Austin]

506 San Jacinto Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701 Visit Website

Honey Pig BBQ [Austin]

11301 Lakeline Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78717 Visit Website

Pecan Square Cafe

1130 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78703 Visit Website

The Stay Put

73 Rainey Street , Austin, Texas 78701

Bufalina

2215 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78702 (512) 524-2523 Visit Website

Uptown Sports Club

1200 East Sixth Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website

Maie Day

1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 942-0823 Visit Website
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