Closing and looking ahead: Freddie’s Place closing, Fresa’s to take its place

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The El Rey taco from Fresa's.
A busy crowd enjoys the patio at Freddie's Place.

A busy crowd enjoys the patio at Freddie’s Place.

Family-friendly South Austin restaurant and bar Freddie’s Place will close in the coming weeks, and Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon will take its place, according to Fresa’s chef and partner Rene Ortiz.

Ortiz says his team plans to open the new Fresa’s in January. The chef, who also is a partner in East Austin restaurant Launderette, says his ownership group intends to maintain the same family-friendly environment established by Freddie’s Place, which is owned by Fred Nelson.

“Freddie’s has given Old Austin such a wonderful feel, and we want to give that same energy,” Ortiz said.

The El Rey taco from Fresa's.

The El Rey taco from Fresa’s.

The charcoal chicken specialists will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (along with to-go options) and feature homemade margaritas. Breakfast tacos will be served in a newly landscaped garden. Fresa’s will serve an afternoon and evening menu similar to its flagship Lamar Boulevard location, in addition to a few new dishes and family-style feasts that Ortiz compared to a family barbecue. The take-out operation will rely on a pick-up window with allocated parking, as well as car-hop service.

Ortiz says the outdoor space, which  will include a revamped kids playground, will allow them to host events and music, while being respectful to the neighborhood.

“There’s a great deal of fun that could happen,” Ortiz said. “Especially with the energy that (Fresa’s partner) Margaret (Vera) brings with the design both inside and outside.” He adds, “It’s important to us to respect the neighborhood and be complementary to it.”

And for dog lovers who flocked to Freddie’s Place, fear not, your four-legged friends will still be welcome.

“Fred spearheaded that campaign, and we will carry the torch,” Ortiz said.

We have reached out to Nelson for comment. He tells CultureMap that Freddie’s Place will close June 28.

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