Whip In sold to new ownership

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A beloved South Austin food-and-beverage institution,  as well as  live music venue and generally sweet hang, Whip In has been purchased by new owners.

Bowl of Chana Dal (Yellow lentils, seasonal squash, tomatoes), Zambian Corn (Roasted peppers, coconut milk) and Collard Greens (Onions, tomatoes, vinegar) from Whip In. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Amrit and Chandan Topiwala, who founded the Whip-In in 1986, have sold the business to Zahir Prasla of Austin’s Quickie Pickie Group. Prasla intends to serve a similar wine and beer selection, while introducing a new food menu with a London-style curry house/pub theme that will deviate from some of the Indian-Texas fusion dishes of Whip-In’s past, according to a release. The restaurant will also return its Sunday brunch. Live music will continue, and new owners plan to expand the grocery selection.

Renovations are slated for the dining room in an effort to ease flow, and there will be multiple bathrooms available, but new owners hope to keep the “same relaxed, funky atmosphere and vibe that has made it an Austin institution.”

Extended hours and weekday breakfast are also in the plans, but no details have been released as yet.

Dipak Topiwala, who for 11 years helped steward the business his parents opened in 1986, slowly transforming it from an ordinary gas station into a multi-cultural convenience store, beer bar, wine garden, restaurant and music venue, will open his Lotus Joint food trailer (the catchphrase is “tacos con chutney”) at the Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden at 121 Pickle Road in South Austin in the coming weeks. The locally-sourced food trailer will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. He originally operated Lotus Joint from a food truck at Independence Brewing. Topiwala had been looking for a new location for his Kamala Brewing, but has put those plans on the back burner in order to focus on Lotus Joint for now.



Correction: A previous version of this story misspelled Dipak Topiwala’s last name.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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