Less than a month after details first trickled out about downtown’s She’s Not Here, the Pacific Asian restaurant and bar already has an opening date.
According to an August 13 release, the concept will be ready to greet its first customers on August 15 at 440 W. Second St., near Violet Crown Cinema. The project comes from Ben Cachila and Chris Romero, both alumni of Uchi and Miami hospitality group, 50 Eggs.
In addition to pan-Asian plates like Korean chicken and Tasmanian ocean trout, She’s Not Here will offer a selection of nigiri ranging from seafood selections like yellowtail and big eye tuna to plant-based options like Chinese broccoli and Chinese romaine. Daily specials like golden eye snapper, wild horse mackerel, and king crab will rotate.
The concept will also become one of the few places in Austin to offer temaki — longer, usually conical sushi rolls formed by hand out of a single sheet of nori, or dried seaweed. The rolls come in such varieties as soft shell crab with aioli, cucumber, and kaiware (daikon radish) sprouts and Japanese plum with perilla (a plant in the mint family) and cucumber.
Although the cocktail program is tropically inspired, it isn’t exactly tiki. Highlights include The Sling with gin, Aperol, pineapple juice, and lime; The Rose with Aviation gin, grapefruit, rose syrup, lemon, and Peychaud’s bitters; and The Matcha with Tito’s vodka, matcha tea, coconut milk, and honey syrup.
Expanded hours with grab-and-go lunch bento boxes are coming soon, but the restaurant will initially only be open for dinner service starting at 5 pm daily. Late night eats will be provided until midnight most days with expanded hours until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.