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An exclusive look at Austin’s newest foodie and shopping destination

An exclusive look at Austin’s newest foodie and shopping destination

The interest in mixed-use space continues to climb in The Capital City. According to a 2014 report from the Urban Land Institute, the highest rate of population growth in the U.S. is expected in Texas markets, with millennials trending toward living close to where they work and play.

One of the new developments catering to centralized options for where to eat, shop and play is the Lamar Union complex, most known for being home to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and The Highball. A rooftop pool with panoramic views of downtown Austin, a health club and communal grilling areas are just some of the many features offered to residents.

Quickly becoming one of the most recognized multi-use spaces in the city, Lamar Union, designed by distinguished Austin architect Michael Hsu, contains 422 apartment units, 866,000 square feet of retail and plenty of parking. In addition to catching a flick at the iconic Drafthouse or embarrassing yourself during karaoke at Highball, there are new spots to check out, including two places to grub, one place to pamper and one to get active outdoors.

Just opened:

VOX Table
Officially opening its doors on April 29, VOX Table is a New American-style restaurant with innovative offerings from world-renowned Executive Chef Joe Anguiano and award-winning mixologist Travis Tober. Guests enjoy a modern interior while sampling delicious fresh-baked bread, pipettes, raw clams and oysters, crab, foie gras, poutine and much more. One of the standouts is the braised Akaushi oxtail, served with potato pillows, wildfire blue cheese and arugula. Sit at the bar and let Tober entertain and educate you on his latest handcrafted cocktail while you appreciate the newest addition to the Lamar Union complex.

Shake Shack
There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the first Texas Shake Shack. The “roadside” burger stand’s lights have been teasing folks for the past couple of weeks, making Lamar Union residents and Austinites alike salivate. On May 5, Shake Shack began to serve all-natural, antibiotic-free Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crispy crinkle cut fries. Unique to Austin are local brews, such as Hops & Grain, Independence and Real Ale; the Lockhart Link Burger, served with a jalapeño cheese sausage link from Kreuz Market; and the Uchi-koncrete of vanilla custard, miso hazelnut blondie and huckleberry jam.

Opening this month:

BOARDLife
The Colorado-based longboard lifestyle boutique will open to the public on May 8. Perfectly suited for the active culture of Austin, BOARDLife specializes in longboards and related accessories and supports the outdoor lifestyle with standup paddleboards, snowboards, cruiser bikes and apparel. Do you have a fear of riding a board? Good news! Taking fitness to a new and fun level, BOARDLife will offer free longboard classes throughout the month for those who have never tried the sport and want to learn to ride safely.

José Luis Salon and Boutique
Award-winning upscale boutique, José Luis Salon, will open May 17 in the Lamar Union complex. Recognized as one of the top salons in the nation, the new location José Buitron and Bill Pitts’ second location in Austin, offering a slightly different concept with new jewelry and beauty products. For those in need of a cut or color, from a trim to a total transformation, José Luis has you covered. The salon is a must-visit.

Coming soon:

CANTINE Italian Café & Bar
CANTINE Italian Café & Bar is the latest project from Lisa and Emmett Fox, owners of ASTI Trattoria and the recently closed FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar. Lisa Fox tells CultureMap that CANTINE will “reflect a mix of our two restaurants,” and that the menu will feature Italian fare, including dishes and flavors from the surrounding Mediterranean countries. Tapas and pizza and pasta made in-house are sure to be crowd favorites. CANTINE will serve brunch, lunch and dinner seven days a week in the space, which also includes a patio and full bar. With craft cocktails, local draft beers and a rotating wine list, the South Austin vibe of CANTINE is primed and ready for eager foodies. 
Opening slated for spring 2015.

Caffé Medici
Caffé Medici will soon have a fourth location with quality batch brew coffee, espresso and friendly staff. Medici serves a strong roast from Temple, Ruby and Cuvee that you can grab-and-go or sit-and-sip.
Opening slated for spring 2015.

Optique
A locally owned optometry practice and boutique, this will be the second location for Optique, which offers a clean, modern and relaxing environment, knowledgeable doctors and staff, and more than 500 hand-selected frames.
Opening slated for fall 2015.

Finley’s Barber Shop
The new Finley’s Barber Shop will have the same classic, old-fashioned feel as the other five locations in Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth, offering straight razor shaves, cuts and styling. Locally owned and operated, Finley’s is an upscale yet casual full-service men’s barbershop that harkens back to the 1950s. You will leave feeling pampered and revitalized.
Opening slated for fall 2015.

Service Menswear
Continuing to carry many of the brands that have made the flagship store on South Congress successful, Service Menswear is unique in that it pre-washes all washable items for a ready-to-wear approach that gives customers an accurate idea of the fit and fabric. The shop will also introduce new brands with expanded space at the Lamar Union building.
Opening slated for late fall 2015.

Resolute Fitness
While there’s state-of-the-art equipment in the Lamar Union apartment Health Club, Resolute Fitness is available to residents and non-residents alike. The fitness center provides cycling and yoga classes and cycling/yoga combo classes.
Opening slated for late 2015.

Other retailers set to open in 2015 include a new concept from J. Black’s, deli and corner store RiverCity Market, and women’s clothing shop Kiki Nass

VOX Table dish Austin
VOX Table.  VOX Table/Facebook
CANTINE Austin Italian restaurant
CANTINE is slated for a late spring opening.  CANTINE/Facebook
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Lamar Union rendering. Lamar Union/Facebook
VOX Table dish Austin
CANTINE Austin Italian restaurant
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