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Austin Cuban Sandwich Truck Reopens on East Riverside Drive

Plus, an Austin Mexican bakery/restaurant and barbecue restaurant are going on summer breaks, and more news

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Oye Chico’s Cuban sandwich during a pop-up at Kitty Cohen’s in 2022.
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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.

Austin Cuban sandwich pop-up-turned-truck-turned-pop-up-again Oye Chico is back in food truck form this week. It’ll be parked at Montopolis cafe and bar Ani’s Day & Night starting on Tuesday, July 24. Owner and chef Carlos Suarez’s menu include the classic Cuban sandwich, plus new dishes like a burger and a fried chicken sandwich. Suarez started Oye in 2021 as a pop-up and then opened up the trailer in August 2022 parked at Better Half. That closed later in November, but then he restarted pop-ups that same month. Its hours will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and then from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Restaurant summer vacations

East Austin Mexican restaurant Joe’s Bakery is going to go on summer vacation from Monday, July 24 through Monday, July 31. It’ll reopen on Wednesday, August 2 with an event honoring the restaurant’s recent James Beard America’s Classic Restaurant Award with a proclamation from the city awarded by Councilmember Jose Valasquez at 7:30 a.m. that day.

And then Central East Austin restaurant Franklin Barbecue is going on its regular summer vacation from Monday, July 24 through Thursday, August 3. It’ll reopen on Friday, August 4.

Coming restaurant attraction

A new American diner-slash-tavern is opening in far South Austin later this year. Cherry Creek-adjacent the Local will debut near the Cherry Creek neighborhood at 9901 Brodie Lane, Suite 120, sometime in summer or fall, as reported by Community Impact. The all-day restaurant will serve breakfast (think biscuits, eggs, etc.), lunch (salads, sandwiches), dinner (burgers, casseroles), and cocktails including alcoholic milkshakes.

Dive bar Christmas vibes mystery

KUT digs into the mystery of why Crestview dive bar Lala’s has been decked out with Christmas and holiday decorations since it opened in 1972.

New Austin restaurant co-owner

Austin chef and restaurateur of now-closed restaurant Contigo, Andrew Wiseheart, is a new co-owner and co-partner of local fast-casual grain bowl mini-chain Honest Mary’s as of 2022.

Ani's Day & Night

7107 East Riverside Drive, , TX 78741 (512) 775-1355 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website


2305 East 7th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 472-0017 Visit Website

Oye Chico

406 Walsh Street, , TX 78703 (512) 748-9473 Visit Website

Lala's Little Nugget

2207 Justin Lane, , TX 78757 (512) 487-5297 Visit Website

Honest Mary's

4800 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (737) 300-6446 Visit Website