Austin can't seem to escape restaurant closures, but there's a plethora of openings to get excited about. Here are three sizzling new restaurants heating up the Austin restaurant scene right now.
June's All Day
South Congress' newest addition opens Tuesday with all-day bistro fare in an elegant setting. The concept from McGuire Moorman Hospitality was inspired by June Rodil, the restaurant group's sommelier and our Tastemaker Sommelier of the Year winner.
June's is located in the former Wahoo's Fish Taco space at the intersection of South Congress Avenue and Annie Street — but you'll hardly recognize it after the transformation. The building went through an aesthetic overhaul and now features a sleeker design and dark green exterior.
The menu includes breakfast (fresh pastries, farm egg omelet, house-made granola); small plates (tomato and cantaloupe, snapper carpaccio); and dinner (bone marrow bolognaise, fried chicken sandwich, matzo ball caldo). Cocktails, beer, and wine can be enjoyed inside or on the SoCo-facing patio.
Since Jay Jerrier's founding of Cane Rosso in 2011, the restaurant has taken North Texas by storm, earning international acclaim for its authentic Neapolitan-style pizza approved by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (the only other AVPN-certified pizzeria in town is Pieous). Austin-specific specials include the 3-foot-long Pizza Metro and the Elena, which showcases brisket from Valentina's Tex-Mex BBQ. There will also be 25 beers and two unique cocktails on tap to pair with your pizza.
After all that pizza, you'll wanting something sweets. Luckily, Austin favorite Cow Tipping Creamery is serving scoops in the same building as Cane Rosso.
Austin's obsession with Italian cuisine continues at Sophia's, a concept from BDG Hospitality that's debuting dinner service in on Friday, August 5. The upscale eatery takes over Sandra Bullock's Bess Bistro space on West Sixth Street.
The menu from Executive Chef Mark Sparacino, who comes by way of Prosecco in Chicago, features classic Italian entrees and pasta-based plates. Dishes range from crudo to meatballs to fusilli calabrese. Complementing the savory offerings is a lineup of dainty desserts and cookies.
Look forward to an extensive wine list (hello, bubbly!) and cocktails with special emphasis on barrel-aged creations, Amaro, and house-made vermouth. Sophia's will also feature a late-night lounge on the weekends, fitting for BDG Hospitality, which runs a dance club-bar combo in Chicago.