Hot off the news that acclaimed San Antonio seafood restaurant Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar is opening its first Austin location in Plaza Saltillo, another restaurant has officially joined the crew. A rep for Hopdoddy Burger Bar confirmed that the Austin fast-casual eatery officially signed a lease in the East Austin development, and aims to open in late 2019.
The new location will be the fourth Austin shop for the brand, and its first in East Austin. Veteran restaurateurs Chuck Smith and Larry Perdido opened their first Hopdoddy in October 2010 on South Congress Avenue, where it still draws lines. Rapid growth over the past eight years has seen the chain grow almost 30 locations spread across Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Although details are scant about the Plaza Saltillo outpost, the company follows the same successful formula at each of its restaurants. Burgers, available in a wide variety of proteins including beef, chicken, bison, ahi tuna, and vegan Impossible patties, anchor the menu, supplemented with loaded fries and salads.
Cocktails like the signature black lava salt-rimmed Doble Fina Margarita are also available, along with a selection of craft beer. For the nondrinkers, there are sodas, kombucha, and decadent shakes.
The Hopdoddy team were lured to Plaza Saltillo because of the impressive list of eateries already signed on. “We’ve been keeping an eye out for an opportunity to open a location on the east side,” vice president of design and construction Mitch Liggett said in a statement. “When we heard about Plaza Saltillo and saw the list of co-tenants joining the development, we knew we wanted to be a part of the growing neighborhood.”
Besides Pinch, restaurants previously confirmed to open in the development include Dolce Neve Gelato, Tarka India Kitchen, Epoch Coffee, Stout Burgers & Beers, tapas bar Barcelona, a third location of brunch favorite Snooze, and the Ginger Man, making a return to the city’s core after shuttering its downtown location in May. The mixed-use project will also include a Whole Foods 365 store, the lower-price version of the upscale Whole Foods Market.