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Restaurant Openings

First Look: Fork & Taco

In a town glutted with enough tortillas to resod the Zilker lawn, it takes a bit of audaciousness to enter the taco game. It takes extra stones to set up shop near Torchy's Tacos and the upcoming Crestview Tacodeli. The owners of Fork & Taco may not be exactly throwing caution to the wind, but they're not exactly erring on its side either. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Thu. Sep. 18, Brandon Watson

First Look: Sawyer & Co.

When the Fifties-era Arkie's Grill closed quietly in 2012, a landmark Austin eatery was lost. Now, new owners Lauren and Stephen Shallcross and Mickie Spencer have breathed new life into the old spot, honoring the past while setting it up for future success Read More | Comment »

11:15AM Fri. Sep. 12, Virginia B. Wood

First Look: The Scarlet Rabbit

Chef Rob Snow has added a touch of fantasy to Round Rock’s Main Street with the opening of his new bistro the Scarlet Rabbit in July. The family-friendly joint is brimming with Wonderland decor, from the teacup chandeliers to the false doors lining the entrance wall, but the cuisine is all Texas. Read More | Comment »

2:45PM Tue. Sep. 2, Amira Jensen

First Look: Olamaie

Before culinary school, Texas native Michael Fojtasek spent time in Austin restaurant kitchens before striking out for New York City and then Los Angeles to gain more professional experience. After he met like-minded chef Grae Nonas, they returned to Austin to open Fojtasek's dream restaurant, Olamaie. Read More | Comment »

2:03PM Tue. Aug. 26, Virginia B. Wood

First Look: Punch Bowl Social

If the Domain is going to continue its quest to become “North Austin’s Downtown,” it’s going to need a variety of shops and businesses. With the opening of Punch Bowl Social, it now has its adult playground, and another restaurant to boot. Read More | Comment »

2:50PM Thu. Aug. 21, Rod Machen

First Look: Dai Due

After taking inspiration for his business model from an old Italian proverb, Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club proprietor Jesse Griffiths stuck with the famous Texas adage about "dancing with the ones who brung you" when his new brick-and-mortar eatery opened this week. Read More | Comment »

2:15PM Wed. Aug. 20, Virginia B. Wood

Jacoby's Opens Next Week

Fourth generation rancher and second generation restaurateur Adam Jacoby brings his family's ranch-inspired, rustic Southern cuisine to East Austin. The new eatery opens for business in a remodeled electrical warehouse located on a rapidly-changing stretch of E. Cesar Chavez on Wednesday, Aug. 20th. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Thu. Aug. 14, Virginia B. Wood

First Look: Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors

Ryan Hall had been living with his dreams for years before opening Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors. The La Marzocco machine sitting in his room had been procured from an auction in Florida, surviving a home burglary before finally taking throne in the new coffee shop he co-owns with girlfriend Kathleen Carmichael. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Tue. Aug. 12, Amira Jensen

First Look: Cuvée Coffee Bar

Sometimes awesome things are by themselves and sometimes they're clustered in a group. Read More | Comment »

2:45PM Mon. Aug. 11, Wayne Alan Brenner

JuiceLand Takes Over the World

Austin's food scene has changed a lot since Matt Shook got his start as a part-time juicer in 2001 at what was the Juice Joint on Barton Springs Rd. Back then, there were only a handful of juice companies in Austin. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Mon. Jul. 14, Amira Jensen

First Look: Radio Coffee & Beer

Radio Coffee & Beer opened to much fanfare over the weekend. While South Austin residents have been waiting patiently for the coffee shop/craft beer hybrid to open its doors, local singer/songwriter and owner of Radio, Jack Wilson has been meticulously renovating the well-loved space. Read More | Comment »

4:10PM Wed. Jun. 18, Anna Toon

Torchy's Tacos Is Coming to Former Fran's on South Congress

Austinites bemoaned the loss of a 40-year-old iconic burger joint when the Junk family didn't renew a more expensive lease on the original Fran's Hamburgers location on South Congress in 2013. We've learned the rapidly expanding Torchy's Tacos chain has leased the prime SoCo property for the flagship of their next generation of restaurants. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Fri. Jun. 13, Virginia B. Wood

Your Mom's Burgers on Airport is Closed

News broke last night that Ryan and Gina Blackmore have sold the last of their Your Mom's Burgers (5001 Airport) outlets, transferring the business and lease to the husband and wife team of Quang Vuong and Kim Thai, owners of the fast-growing local chain, Pho Thaison. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Wed. May. 21, Virginia B. Wood

Chinatown Is Back in Westlake

That's right, longtime Austin chef and restaurateur Ronald Cheng is back in the first building where he established a local name for himself in 1983. After a couple years of heart ailments, Cheng has a new lease on life, and the first Chinatown is back with chic and colorful new decor, both old and new menu items, and plenty of exciting ideas. Read More | Comment »

6:00PM Sun. May. 18, Virginia B. Wood

The Capital Grille Steaks Its Claim on Fourth Street

Yes: The Capital Grille, in the heart of Downtown, right where the old Spaghetti Warehouse used to be. Read More | Comment »

4:45PM Wed. Apr. 30, Wayne Alan Brenner

Havana-Inspired Bar Created Pleasant Soft Opening

The owners of the new Pleasant Storage Room invited friends, family, and a few lucky members of the media to a soft opening Monday, April 21. They wanted to run the rum-forward cocktail list and Caribbean street food-inspired menu past some familiar faces before officially opening doors on April 22. Lucky us. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Fri. Apr. 25, Gracie Salem

Noble Sandwich Company is Open on Burnet Rd.

The Noble Sandwich Company (4805 Burnet Rd.) is finally here. This week's debut of the eagerly-anticipated sandwich shop, deli, and charcuterie is being met with enthusiasm by midtown neighbors. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Wed. Apr. 2, Virginia B. Wood