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Two big restaurant openings heat up Austin's hottest district

Two big restaurant openings heat up Austin's hottest district

Taverna restaurant risotto al fruitt di mare
French and Italian cuisine are coming soon to Domain Northside. Photo courtesy of Taverna
Toulouse Cafe and Bar beignets
Taverna is on track to open in December, and Toulouse will open in January. Photo courtesy of Toulouse Cafe & Bar
Taverna restaurant risotto al fruitt di mare
Toulouse Cafe and Bar beignets

Update: Taverna will open January 23, and Toulouse Cafe and Bar is expected to open mid-February. The article has been updated to reflect the change in opening dates.

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New restaurants keep pouring into Domain Northside. The latest? Two concepts from Dallas-based restaurant group Lombardi Family Concepts that will bring a taste of Europe to the entertainment district.

Austin's second outpost of Taverna will open at the beginning of 2017. The popular Italian eatery will serve the same menu as the downtown Austin location. Expect classics from seasoned chef Renato de Pirro, like risotto, pasta, and pizza for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The beverage list highlights cocktails and wine, with a special emphasis on Italian selections.

The second restaurant, Toulouse Cafe and Bar, is slated to debut in February. The Parisian-inspired bistro, which has locations in Dallas and Houston, pairs a carefully curated wine selection with authentic entrees crafted by French chef Yoann Lardeux. The menu will be similar to the Dallas and Houston locations, with some new additions specific to Austin.

These two concepts will join several new restaurants at Domain Northside. Culinary Dropout and Flower Child recently debuted to much acclaim; Sway, Sprinkles, and Paul Martin's Austin Grill will start serving diners soon.

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