Restaurants scheduled to open in Austin in 2016

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Lenoir chef-owner Todd Duplechan will reboot Youngblood's Fried Chicken later this year. (Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN) 10.21.2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 103114 xl cover
Lenoir chef-owner Todd Duplechan will reboot Youngblood's Fried Chicken later this year. (Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN) 10.21.2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 103114 xl cover

Lenoir chef-owner Todd Duplechan will reboot Youngblood’s Fried Chicken later this year. (Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
10.21.2014 LAURA SKELDING/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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With a new year comes a fresh batch of dining choices. Restaurants will pop up all over the city throughout the year. Some we already know about, and some will surprise us. Diners can expect cuisine ranging from the very high end (Paul Qui’s Otoko) to more mid-priced options like chef Todd Duplechan’s reboot of Youngblood’s Fried Chicken.

Familiar faces like Barley Swine’s Bryce Gilmore will have new spaces, and we will welcome first-time owners like chef Fiore Tedesco’s L’Oca d’Oro. Existing restaurant groups, like the teams behind Italic and Sway, will open new concepts, and many restaurants, such as Sway and Hopdoddy, will expand to new locations. (Before you look ahead, look back at the year in Austin dining from 2015.)

I take a look at some of the openings slated for 2016. And, remember, all opening dates are tentative.

Barley Swine

Chef: Bryce Gilmore

Concept: The North Austin reincarnation of Gilmore’s farm-to-table restaurant will feature both tasting menu and a la carte options, as well as a full bar and chef’s garden table. The new restaurant will seat about twice as many people as the now-closed original location on South Lamar Boulevard.

Location: 6555 Burnet Road

Expected opening: January

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Culinary director: Charles Craig

Concept: A third location of the Austin-born burger joint that delivers fresh, all-natural Angus burgers alongside Kennebec hand-cut fries, farm-fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes.

Location: 2800 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock

Expected opening: January

Otoko

Chef: Paul Qui

Concept: The 12-seat kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant from one of Austin’s most notable (and best) chefs will be tucked inside the second floor of the South Congress Hotel and will take reservations a month in advance.

Location: 1603 S. Congress Ave.

Expected opening: January

Torchy’s

Owner: Mike Rypka

Concept: The taco trailer that launched a thousand food trucks in Austin (and locations around the state) opens its flagship location, the company’s 12th spot in Austin.

Location: 1822 S. Congress Ave.

Expected opening: January 19

Coast

Chef: Ruston Richardson

Concept: Seafood

Location: 360 Nueces St. in the former Mulberry location

Expected opening: Early 2016

Irene’s

Chef: Andrew Curren of Elm Restaurant Group (Easy Tiger, Italic, 24 Diner)

Concept: Classic American bar and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night eats. Space includes a patio overlooking Shoal Creek.

Location: 506 West Ave.

Expected opening: February

Baby Greens

Owner: Sharon Mays

Concept: The double drive-thru and walk-up salad restaurant gets a relaunch. Mays opened the first Baby Greens on South First Street in 2004, but Baby Greens closed in 2009.

Location: 1508 W. Anderson Lane

Expected opening: Mid-March

Base Camp

Chef: Eric Kuypers

Concept: Elevated bar food, craft beer and cocktails from a chef who has worked at Uchi and Peached Tortilla.

Location: 120 West Fifth St.

Expected opening: Spring

The Beer Plant

Principals: Ray and Sarah McMackin

Concept: Vegan gastropub serving “pickled, smoked flavor-forward pub fare such as savory vegetable pot pies, Irish lager stew and unique curry bowls,” according to the owners.

Location: 3110 Windsor Road

Expected opening: Spring

El Chilito

Principals: El Chile Restaurant Group (El Chile, El Alma, Alcomar)

Concept: Two more locations to score interior Mexican tacos

Locations: 4501 Manchaca Road and 6425 Burnet Road

Expected opening: Spring

Flyrite Chicken

Principals: Owner Kevin Warden was the CEO of Red Mark Development LLC, which operated as the exclusive franchisor of Which Wich sandwiches in Texas. Flyrite director of culinary operations Quirino Silva is also the corporate chef for County Line restaurants, with which he has worked since 1997.

Concept: Fried and grilled chicken sandwiches made with cage-free and antibiotic-free chickens that are vegetarian fed.

Location: 2129 E. Seventh St.

Expected opening: Spring

Gatto Nero and Enoteca Gattino

Principals: New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa, South Congress Hotel

Concept: Gatto Nero will be an upscale Italian restaurant serving regional Italian and Italian-American fare, and the Enoteca will be an Italian deli and wine bar.

Location: The Arnold (1617 E. Sixth St.)

Expected opening: Spring

Kyōten Sushiko

Chef: Otto Phan

Concept: The chef will leave his popular East Austin trailer to open a sushi restaurant in the Mueller development. The centerpiece will be a small dining room that serves an omakase menu (about 30 bites for about $150). The restaurant will also serve boxed sushi and rolls for dine-in and take-out.

Location: 4600 Mueller Blvd.

Expected opening: Spring

L’Oca d’Oro (the Golden Goose)

Chef: Fiore Tedesco grew up in his Italian family’s bakery and deli in upstate New York, where he went from washing dishes as a 13-year-old to forming loaves and making Italian sausage and pasta at 15. His professional career includes time in esteemed restaurants like Roberta’s in Brooklyn and Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan. He moved to Austin in 2011 and worked for Aaron Franklin at Franklin Barbecue as rib cook and cutter for three years.

Concept: Contemporary Italian neighborhood restaurant with a focus on refined family-style service, with homemade pastas and salamis cured in house. Restaurant will have a full bar, wood-burning grill and rotisserie and serve lunch and dinner.

Location: 1900 Simond Ave. in the Mueller development

Expected opening: Spring

Snarf’s Sandwiches

Principals: Colorado-based chain

Concept: Second Austin location of the deli

Location: 1400 S. First St. (at the corner of Elizabeth Street)

Expected opening: Spring

Veggie Heaven

Owner: Stacy Chen

Concept: The daughter of Mei Wang, the founder of the former campus favorite, will relaunch the brand as a vegan-friendly restaurant.

Location: 1611 W. Fifth Street

Expected opening: Spring

Via 313

Principals: Owners Brandon and Zane Hunt

Concept: Second brick-and-mortar location from the Detroit-style pizza specialists who also operate two popular trailers.

Location: 3016 Guadalupe St. (former Blackbird & Henry space)

Expected opening: Spring

Snooze, an AM Eatery

Chef: Ryan Devereaux

Concept: A Denver-based breakfast and lunch restaurant serving twists on America’s favorite breakfast classics.

Locations: 3800 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 150, and 1700 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite 301

Expected opening: North Lamar, March; South Lamar, April/May

Easy Tiger

Chef: Chef Andrew Curren and baker David Norman of Elm Restaurant Group

Concept: The second bake shop and beer garden from Elm will be three times the size of the original and feature a full commercial bakery, drive-through coffee bar, 250 outdoor seats, ping-pong tables, a dog park and an outdoor stage that will occasionally host live music.

Location: The Linc (6406 Interstate 35)

Expected opening: Summer

Fresa’s

Chef: Rene Ortiz

Concept: Second location of the taco and rotisserie chicken restaurant will feature plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and new family-style menu choices at dinner.

Location: 1703 S. First St. (in the former Freddie’s Place space)

Expected opening: Summer

The Brewer’s Table

Principals: Owner-brewer Jake Maddux, executive chef Ned Elliott

Concept: Salt & Time beverage director and Thirsty Planet alumnus Maddux and Foreign & Domestic owner Elliott will team for a beer-centric restaurant serving wood-fermented brews and wood-fire-grilled food.

Location: 4715 E. Fifth St. in the Artpost, across from Justine’s Brasserie

Expected opening: August

Sway

Principals: New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa, South Congress Hotel

Concept: Two new locations for modern Thai

Locations: The Domain (Rock Rose) and 3437 Bee Cave Road in West Lake Hills

Opening: Mid-late 2016

Home Slice Pizza

Principals: Owners Jen and Joseph Strickland and Terri Hannifin

Concept: New York-style pizza and great sandwiches find a second home in the North Loop neighborhood.

Location: 501 E. 53rd St.

Expected opening: Fall

Second Bar + Kitchen

Chef: David Bull

Concept: The second version of the refined casual restaurant from executive chef David Bull opens at the Archer Hotel in the Domain. Expect more great pizzas, burgers and thoughtful salads and entrees with global influences.

Location: 3121 Palm Way

Expected opening: Fall

Chez Nada

Principals: New Waterloo, the team behind Sway, La Condesa, South Congress Hotel

Concept: French brasserie and bakery will feature raw bar, lounge and outdoor patio.

Location: Northshore (110 San Antonio St.) on the corner of San Antonio and West Second streets

Expected opening: Late 2016

J.T. Youngblood’s Fried Chicken

Principals: Chef Todd Duplechan, Jeffrey’s co-founder Jeffrey Weinberger and former Trio at the Four Seasons general manager Jeff Haber

Concept: The Lenoir chef’s reboot of the long-dormant Austin fried chicken chain will be a “healthy alternative to fast food,” with oak-roasted rotisserie chicken and homemade sides.

Location: 1800 Simond Ave. Suite 120 in the Mueller development

Expected opening: Late 2016

MAD Greens

Principals: Denver-based company

Concept: Salad-focused restaurant that will source locally

Locations: Downtown (419 W. Second St.), Lakeline (13900 Research Blvd.), Lakeway (2011 Main St.), Round Rock (455 University Blvd.), Domain (11401 Rock Rose)

Expected opening dates: Various

Oaks at Lakeway

Concept: The large development has commitments from Torchy’s Tacos, Hat Creek Burgers, Asia Café and more.

Location: 1900 S. RM 620

Expected opening: Various

Rock Rose at the Domain

Concept: The next phase of development at the Domain will include additional locations of East Side King’s Thai Kun, Lavaca Street Bar/Surf N’ Turf, Salvation Pizza and more.

Location: Domain

Expected opening: Various

Unnamed restaurant from Chameleon Hospitality

Principals: Chameleon Hospitality (Swift’s Attic, Wu Chow)

Concept: Unnamed

Location: Lamar Central mixed-use development at 38th Street and Lamar Boulevard

Expected opening: Late 2016

 


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