El Chilito taco stand will open at 6425 Burnet Rd. in an old Church’s Chicken location on November 1. It will be the third El Chilito location, with another planned for Manchaca Road near Ben White Boulevard early next year. The Burnet Road location will serve the same menu as the two East Austin restaurants located on Manor Road and East Seventh Street (also a former Church’s).
Austin restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel (Olive & June, Parkside) hosts a preview event of his new Spanish-inspired restaurant Bullfight Saturday night from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event at the restaurant on Airport Boulevard will offer guests a first taste of the restaurant’s planned food and drink options. Tickets cost $75 with proceeds benefitting the Sustainable Food Center. Purchase tickets here.
Peruvian restaurant Lima Criolla opened at the Linc (6406 N. Interstate 35). The restaurant, formerly known as La Chaparrita at Highland Mall, serves ceviche, lomo saltado, arroz con pollo, and more. It is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Linc is also home to Vivo and future home to the second location of Easy Tiger.
Shake Shack opened at 11228 Domain Drive in the Domain. It is the second Austin location of the New York City-based powerhouse. The restaurant serves burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes and more. The first location, which regularly draws lines out the door, opened at Lamar Union earlier this year. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 0 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Houston-based La Crawfish opened a franchise location at 2525 Anderson Ln. in the Northcross Mall shopping center. The restaurant specializes in Vietnamese crawfish. The rich and spicy boiled crawfish (and shrimp and crab) come flavored with Cajun, garlic butter or hot & sour spices. La Crawfish also serves pho, po’boys, a variety of chicken wings, and more. (No website)
Indian and Nepalese restaurant Bombay to Kathmandu Kitchen opened at 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. (just north of Rundberg Lane). The restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner, serves tandoori meat dishes, naan, Nepalese specials like chicken chhoila, and more. (bombaytokathmandu.com)
East Side King has opened its newest location inside The Four Horsemen, a bar at 310 E. Sixth St. downtown.
The popular Asian eatery from Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya now has five locations, three of which are also associated with bars, including the Liberty, Hole in the Wall and Whislers. (They also have a standalone location on South Lamar Boulevard.)
Bon Appetit has named Austin locavores Dai Due the 6th best new restaurant in the country. The news comes just days after the Dai Due restaurant and butcher shop celebrated its first year in business and a couple of weeks before Dai Due, which started as a Farmers Market favorite, marks its 9th anniversary as a business. Bon App restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton gives praise to the butcher shop, the local ethos, and the resourcefulness of chef-owner Jesse Griffiths. He also shares with readers how to make the perfect chicken. Read the complete entry in the top 10 here.
Terry’s owner Patrick Terry said he had already offered the service on an “on-again, off-again basis” to pedestrians at the three locations where there is only a drive-thru window and no specific walk-up window or indoor seating.
“Instead of doing it on a sporadic basis, we will do it at all times now,” said Terry, who acknowledged he was not aware of the specific code until it was brought to his attention.
Pedestrians at the drive-thru only locations will place their order at the window, and Terry says the locations have “already marked off an area” where the customers can wait. Terry said the restaurant’s intention is to keep pedestrians and cars away from one another.
Longtime South Austin restaurant and music venue the Nutty Brown Café announced on Twitter that it will move to McNeil Park in Round Rock in 2017. Nutty Brown, which sits on a site recently purchased by HEB, will continue in its current location through 2016, and ownership thanked the Texas grocer for its cooperation and generosity in allowing the café to stay put through next year.
The booming Central Texas economy has earned the attention of NerdWallet.com. The website released a list of the 10 best large cities (50,000+) in which to open a restaurant. NerdWallet crunched data on population growth, density, restaurant sales, and personal income to determine the city’s with greatest demand.
Cedar Park, which has seen its number of restaurants double in the past five years, took the top spot on the list. Round Rock, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., came in at number five on the strength of its population growth and its “strong culinary scene that rakes in over $105 million in sales annually,” according to NerdWallet.com.
South Texas and North Texas also landed on the list, with Mission picking up the number two stop and Frisco coming in at number six.