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Here are the 3 hottest restaurant openings in Austin right now

Here are the 3 hottest restaurant openings in Austin right now

ATX Cocina
Three hot new restaurants — ATX Cocina (pictured), Holy Roller, and Jack Allen's Kitchen — opened in Austin on July 17. Photo courtesy of Bethany Ross Photography
Holy Roller
Chef/owner Callie Speer's new diner, Holy Roller, has all-day brunch. Holy Roller/Instgram
Jack Allen's Kitchen cocktail
The fourth location of Jack Allen's Kitchen is now open on Anderson Lane. Jack Allen's Kitchen/Facebook
ATX Cocina
Holy Roller
Jack Allen's Kitchen cocktail

Austin is on fire with restaurant openings. Three new eateries opened on Monday, July 17, including a modern Mexican restaurant, an all-female venture, and a new location of an old favorite.

ATX Cocina is now open in the 2nd Street District on the ground floor of the Northshore building. The concept comes from local restaurateurs Larry Foles and Guy Villavaso, who are also behind Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Red Ash Italia, and Eddie V's Prime Seafood.

Executive chef Kevin Taylor is whipping up modern Mexican cuisine like chili-roasted chicken and shrimp al carbon for dinner. Lunch and brunch service will start soon.

"We are focusing on fresh, all-natural ingredients and doing everything we can in-house, from masa to cheese to chorizo," Taylor says in a release.

For drinks, expect margaritas, craft cocktails, beer, wine, and Mexican tequila and mezcal. It can all be enjoyed in the Michael Hsu-designed restaurant, complete with open kitchen, communal tables, two bars, and patio seating.

Holy Roller, located in the former Wahoo's Tacos space downtown, is now offering diner vibes and all-day brunch. The all-female team led by chef/owner Callie Speer is rounded out by pastry chef Britt Castro, beverage director Jen Keyser, and general manager Sarah Bevil.

The restaurant opens at 8 am with Chameleon Cold-Brew coffee and lighter fare, followed by full service dining at 10 am. The breakfast-heavy menu features migas kolaches, sweet tea-brined chicken, hearty sandwiches, and yellow corn pancakes, in addition to weekend brunch specials. The craft cocktails are designed to be enjoyed all day, and the wine list showcases a lot of bubbly.

"It was important to us that we had something for everybody, from families to partiers, and it was equally important to me to serve a menu of dishes that we really wanted to eat," Speer says in a release. "It plays on the nostalgia with new takes on food you probably ate growing up, but with a little more."

The space, designed by architect Lee Alexander, includes a grab-and-go counter, lounge area, 24-seat bar, 66-seat dining room, and semi-private area that can seat up to 40 people.

Finally, the fourth location of Jack Allen's Kitchen is now open on Anderson Lane in the former Fork & Vine space. This is the first outpost in the heart of Austin.

The space was revamped by Dick Clark Architecture and includes an improved patio. The menu will be familiar to fans of Jack Allen's Kitchen, and beverage director David Toby has debuted a new drink program that includes two wines on tap and a cocktail called the Allandale Spritz.

"We are so excited to open a Jack Allen's Kitchen in our neighborhood. I took my wife on a date there over 30 years ago, and it means a lot to step into this spot," says chef/owner Jack Gilmore in a release. "It's hard to believe how much North Austin has changed — it's practically midtown. We are lucky to do what we do and to serve the community with an incredible space right on Shoal Creek."

The Anderson Lane locale will start off with dinner service; lunch and brunch will follow.