Summer is traditionally a slow time for Austin restaurant openings, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream of the days ahead. Late summer and fall pick up with a whole new crop of anticipated spots. From a garden eatery from one of Austin’s most well-respected chefs to the long-awaited second location of a local favorite, these are the ones we are looking forward to the most.
85°c Bakery Cafe
The Taiwanese pastry and coffee shop is expected to open both of its upcoming Austin locations any day now. The two shops will bring a huge menu of savory and sweet treats to 6929 Airport Blvd., Ste. 197 and 11301 Lakeline Blvd.
Three of the partners behind Kung Fu Saloon are bringing a similar concept with a retro feel to Manor Road. The bar and restaurant will have a menu of tweaked American food, lo-fi games, and a sizable patio. It is slated to open in July.
Bobo’s Snack Bar
By the end of 2018, much-missed South Congress eatery Snack Bar will live on in a new eatery at 3850 Airport Blvd. Although the menu will be different from the original, owner Bethany Andrée tells CultureMap that it will still be focused on internationally inspired flavors.
The cult Israeli chain will be sliding into the SkyHouse building by the end of the year with a menu of build-your-own mini-burgers featuring unexpected proteins like merguez, lamb, salmon, and falafel.
In April, superstar San Antonio chef Jason Dady surprised fans during the Austin Food & Wine Festival by revealing that he was opening his first restaurant outside of Alamo City. Chispas, a taco joint with fresh salsa and guacamole, homemade tortillas, and freshly squeezed margaritas will be opening in the former Warehouse District home of Fado’s Irish Pub, at 214 W. Fourth St. in the fall.
Talk about shivering with anticipation. Downtown beer garden and bake shop Easy Tiger first announced it was moving into The Linc in Highland back in 2014. Since then, a lot has happened, including the restaurant splitting off from parent company ELM Restaurant Group. Now the buildout is finally kicking into high gear, and a rep from the restaurant tells CultureMap it is on track for a mid-September opening.
Frozen Rolls Creamery
The Thai-style rolled ice cream craze comes to 704 N. Lamar Blvd. in July with the opening of Frozen Rolls Creamery. The owners promise unique flavors made from local ingredients and plenty of parking.
More poke is coming to Austin in the fall from the owner of Dallas’ TJ's Seafood Market & Grill and the brothers behind Shark Tank-approved fabric freshener wipes Reviver. Malibu Poke will be located at 211 Walter Seaholm Dr. and have a menu partially designed by Matt McCallister, the acclaimed chef behind the recently closed Dallas restaurant FT33.
As of June 8, the owners behind New York-style bagel shop Nervous Charlie’s were still hard at work on their buildout at 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. Although originally slated to open in April, the Central Austin eatery appears to be on track for a late summer opening.
Popular Houston import Peli Peli first announced it was bringing South African cuisine to the former home of Cantina Laredo back in summer 2016. Originally, the owners said that they would open sometime in 2017, and a splashy debut at the Austin City Limits Music Festival seemed to back that up. Since then, both its Facebook and Instagram accounts have gone silent, and multiple requests for an updated date have gone unanswered. The signs at 201 W. Third St. still say it’s coming soon, but we’re not holding our breath.
In May, The Line Austin hotel completed the first two of its promised four hospitality projects with the opening of Kristen Kish’s Arlo Grey and Los Angeles-based coffee shop Alfred. By the end of the year, it will introduce P6 and another restaurant on the building’s corner. Both have undergone some changes since first being announced. Former Counter 3. Five. VII chef Damien Brockway is no longer attached to P6, and the name Bridge & Tail for the fourth concept has been scrapped.
In their continued quest for world domination, the folks behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya are working on three new additions to the empire. First up is the summer opening of an east side location of Ramen Tatsu-Ya at 1600 E. Sixth St. (formerly Qui). Also in the works are Tiki Tatsu-Ya in the old Backbeat space at 1300 S. Lamar Blvd. and as-yet-unrevealeded eatery, possibly called Dip Dip Dip Tatsu-Ya, at 7301 Burnet Rd.
She’s Not Here
Few details have surfaced about She’s Not Here, the latest project from 40 North and Old Thousand partner Ben Cachila. A job listing back in May described the concept at 440 W. Second St. as “French-Polynesian,” and a rep for the restaurant promised more info is coming any day now. We are guessing a major announcement will come sometime near the 2nd Street District’s August 4 White Linen Night, when the eatery, along with Chispas, will be offering a first taste.
Shore Raw Bar
Longtime Austin chef David Garrido is giving an assist to executive chef Brandon Silver at this new Mexico City-style seafood concept at 8665 Highway 71 West in Oak Hill. The bright and colorful space will feature artwork from illustrator Todd White; aguas frescas; and a menu of ceviches, raw oysters, and tacos.
Mid-July is the current projected date for Chinese and Taiwanese restaurant Sweet Chive at 2515 E. Cesar Chavez St. The eatery from Austin restaurant vet Heather Pai Yu will serve dumplings, noodle and rice bowls, and a prix fixe brunch.
TenTen, a Japanese barbecue and sushi concept, is set to debut in the Miller Blueprint Building at 506 W. Sixth St. by the end of July. The restaurant will also come with a nightclub, Mayfair, from fledgling restaurant group Nova Hospitality.
Tio Pepe Chicken
September will be a busy time at The Linc, as Portuguese joint Tio Pepe Chicken joins Easy Tiger and established restaurants like Vivo. The menu will include peri peri chicken, salads, and a variety of sides.
Not to be outdone by competitor Tacodeli, who is moving into downtown in 2019, a new location of the beloved Austin taco joint will be opening at 110 San Antonio St. by the end of the year.
Ways & Means Oyster Bar
Downtown’s hospitality explosion continues in November when Southern California seafood eatery Ways & Means Oyster House is projected to open at 319 Congress Ave. The address is in the former home of Annie’s Cafe & Bar, which closed in April.
Untitled Philip Speer project
Though the name is still yet to be revealed (the working title on the permits is Garden Bar), Philip Speer is rising from the ashes of the shutters of My Name is Joe and Bonhomie with a new project at Fifth and Colorado streets. The building is being built from scratch, so take any projections with a grain of salt, but it appears to be on track for a debut at the end of the year.
The popular Hyde Park truck, specializing in Rio Grande Valley-style tacos, will branch out to a proper brick-and-mortar at 104 E. 31st St. sometime in the summer. The space was the former location of long-running comfort food spot Go Go Gourmet.