Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Looking ahead: Chuy’s opening in San Marcos

3:59 pm Feb. 19, 2016

Elvis-loving Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s plans to open a location at the Springtown Shopping Center (205 W. Hopkins St.) in San Marcos this summer. The 6500 square-foot restaurant will have an outdoor patio and will be

James Beard Award semifinalist: Tyson Cole of Uchi

12:27 pm Feb. 17, 2016

One of the major factors in Austin’s culinary rise has earned another honor. The James Beard Foundation has named Uchi executive chef Tyson Cole, who opened his exceptional sushi restaurant in 2003, one of the

Gardner closing, will reopen soon as new concept, Chicon

10:56 am Feb. 16, 2016

East Austin restaurant Gardner will close on March 11, as partners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart change their restaurant’s concept.

The veggie-centric fine dining restaurant will morph into Chicon, a more casual establishment akin to