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East Austin lures city's first location of acclaimed San Antonio seafood joint

East Austin lures city's first location of San Antonio seafood joint

Pinch Boil House seafood boil
Pinch Boil House is acclaimed for its Viet-Cajun seafood boils. Photo courtesy of Pinch Boil House

Following in the footsteps of San Antonio concepts like Bakery Lorraine, Merit Coffee, and Stella Public House, another Alamo City eatery is planting its flag in Austin. On November 27, Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar announced the opening of its first location in the Capital City, coming in summer 2019.

Since opening in September 2017, Pinch has become one of the most acclaimed restaurants in San Antonio with a menu of Viet-Cajun seafood boils and Southeast Asian street food. Among the many kudos it has received, the restaurant was also a finalist for CultureMap San Antonio’s 2018 Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant.

The new location was first teased in November 5 Instagram post which showed owners Sean Wen and Andrew Ho in front of an Austin construction site. Although the post created a mild panic among commenters that the restaurant was leaving San Antonio, the University of Texas at Austin graduates assured fans the original is not going anywhere.

“Being given the opportunity to tell a story about our culture has always been important to us and food just happened to be the vehicle that allowed me to best narrate that story,” said Wen via release. “We launched Pinch by hosting small crawfish and shrimp boil pop-ups in San Antonio and then in Austin from time to time and the turnout was very humbling. Making our way back to Austin seemed inevitable and we’re thrilled to bring our food, culture, and vibe into the city’s enriching food scene.”

Like the first location, the new Pinch will fuse Vietnamese and Thai flavors with ingredients popular along Texas’ Gulf Coast. The shrimp, crab, and seasonal crawfish boils, smothered in a house garlic butter, are the showpiece, but chargrilled oysters and noodle bowls will also be available. Full menu details will be revealed at a later date.

Although the release was coy about the exact address, only mentioning the locale would be in East Austin, a rep confirmed that the restaurant will be located inside Plaza Saltillo, joining previously confirmed eateries Dolce Neve Gelato, Ginger Man, Tarka India Kitchen, Epoch Coffee, Stout Burgers & Beers, tapas bar Barcelona, and a third location of Snooze.