The weather may still be arctic, but Austin’s fried chicken scene is red-hot. On January 17, Tumble 22 Hot Chicken announced it is expanding from the Star Bar food truck to a new brick-and-mortar in the former home of Twisted Root Burger Co. at 7211 Burnet Rd.
The concept from Salty Sow executive chef and co-founder Harold Marmulstein specializes in locally sourced Nashville-style hot chicken (a fiery specialty of its namesake city) available in four different spice levels from mild to ouch, either eaten alone or served as sandwiches with bread and butter pickles, slaw, and Duke’s mayo.
In addition to its main event, the restaurant will be expanding the menu to include fried oysters, salads, and new sides like duck fat fries and mac 'n' cheese. The sides from the truck — hand-cut potato chips, coleslaw, potato salad, and barbecue beans — will carry over to the new concept.
Although takeout will be a large part of the operation, table service will be offered so guests can linger for desserts like Texas pecan, Tennessee buttermilk, and lemon meringue pies, as well as soft serve ice cream and shakes. The full bar will serve local draft beer and accessible specialty cocktails like vodka lemonade and frozen margaritas.
Once the build-out is complete and permits secured, Tumble 22 will be open 11 am-9 pm on weekdays and 11 am-10 pm on weekends. Happy hour, featuring half-off tenders and a $2 discount on beer and drinks, will be offered between 4-6:30 pm, seven days a week.