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Legacy Chinese American Restaurant Suzi’s Reopens in Austin

Suzi’s Chinese opened on Burnet Road in Brentwood in January

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Suzi’s Chinese will presumably serve Chinese American dishes.
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’s magnetic restaurateur Suzy Yi is getting back into the restaurant game by opening a new spot in the city, as reported by ATX Food News. She’ll be opening Suzi’s Chinese in the Brentwood neighborhood, taking over what had been a location of Chinese American restaurant Old Thousand at 4805 Burnet Road. The restaurant has opened on Friday, January 19, per Reddit.

Yi opened her first restaurant, Suzi’s Chinese Kitchen, on South Lamar in 1990, serving up Chinese American dishes such as wontons/dumplings, egg rolls, chicken wings, and the such. And then, in 1997, she followed that with a second restaurant, Suzi’s China Grill & Sushi Bar in the North Shoal Creek neighborhood with a similar menu plus sushi. Then there was her pizzeria, Rebel Pizza Bar in 2015, above Suzi’s China Grill.

And then came the shutters. Yi closed Suzi’s Chinese Kitchen in 2013, then Rebel Pizza in 2017, and then, finally, Suzi’s China Grill in late 2018, which she explained as being because she wanted to retire. (That space is now a location of New American restaurant District Kitchen.)

Suzi’s Chinese’s predecessor on Burnet was a second location of the also-Chinese-American-Austin restaurant Old Thousand. It had opened in 2020, taking over what was Noble Sandwich Co., but closed in December 2023, because of the increasing costs of everything, including its rent. The original restaurant on East 11th Street is still open.

Update, January 19: This article, originally published on January 12, has been updated to reflect Suzi’s opening date.

Suzi’s Chinese

4805 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78756 Visit Website