Buoyed by the success of its Rainey Street restaurant, Anthem, Omaha-based Flagship Restaurant Group is once again diving into the Austin market. The company will open a location of Plank Seafood Provisions at 11410 Century Oak Terrace in the Domain by spring 2020, a spokesperson tells CultureMap.
Though the restaurant has not yet released its Austin menu, the Omaha original offers a taste of what's in store for the Capital City. The offerings include everything from peel-and-eat shrimp and potato-crusted calamari to mahi mahi tacos to French classics like Trout Meunière.
In its culinary wanderlust, the restaurant is likely to draw comparisons to Jack Gilmore’s popular Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. There are even several competing dishes like cioppino, gumbo, and chowder fries.
Plank does offer a few more options for landlubbers than Salt Traders, such as steaks, burgers, chicken tenders, and crispy alligator. As with Anthem, approachability seems to be the goal.
That approachability is also applied to the large cocktail program, which offers crowd-pleasing concoctions like a cucumber collins, mojitos, and mules. Several varieties of spiked lemonade, beer, and wine round off the drinks' list.
Once open, Plank will help cover a growing blind spot in the Austin dining scene: affordability. Although the pricing is outside the fast-casual range, it is far less expensive than upscale seafood projects like Perla’s or the now-shuttered Guild.