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Favorite Austin sandwich shop's new concept takes it to the next level

Favorite Austin sandwich shop's new concept takes it to the next level

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Expect more tacos, tortas, and Tex-Mex flair at the new Austin Daily Press location. Austin Daily Press/Facebook

Austin Daily Press has been serving up savory sandwiches, tacos, and salads since 2011 — and now it's ready for something new. On Friday, the sandwich shop announced plans for a second location with a Tex-Mex twist, opening this fall on East Cesar Chavez Street.

Unlike the flagship location on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a walk-up counter with a few outdoor picnic tables, the new spot is a fully functioning restaurant featuring nearly 1,000 square feet, a two-story patio, indoor seating, and craft beer on tap.

"The new location will finally give us the legroom to evolve and focus our concept around the idea of a Tex-Mex diner with a menu that looks and feels a little more refined," said Dustin Knef in a statement, who co-owns Austin Daily Press with Chase Rushing.

The food lineup at the Govalle neighborhood outpost is similar to the one we've come to know and love at the original Austin Daily Press, but with more tortas, tacos, and Tex-Mex flair courtesy of Executive Chef Reed Faitak. Part of the expansion also includes a bakery, with Amelia Moore (Austin Daily Press, Bullfight, and Walton's Fancy and Staple) at the helm.

"We will be baking our own bread, which is huge for us," explained Knef. "With bread ovens in the mix you can expect to see rotating pastries and baked goods, as well as fresh-baked biscuits that will be featured on our permanent breakfast menu." Other perks at the second location include a beefed-up coffee program as well as cold brew and beer — a big step up from Free Beer Fridays (which we still adore).

Keep an eye out for Faitak's new dishes at Austin Daily Press before the second location opens this fall.