Update (2:47 p.m.): A representative for Second Bar + Kitchen said the opening has been delayed by a “last-minute issue” related to construction at the airport. The airport is almost certain the new restaurant will open on August 29, a week after the originally announced date.
The dining upgrades at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport are starting to kick into gear. Italian market, cafe and wine bar I Vini, from the owners of Annie’s Café & Bar owner Love Nance opened last week near gates 20-23, and on Tuesday Second Bar + Kitchen will open to the public at Barbara Jordan Terminal, Gate 7. The restaurant, operated by La Corsha Hospitality Group and chef David Bull, originally opened on Congress Avenue in 2010 and helped change the face of downtown dining in Austin.
Executive chef Jesse Marco will replicate parts of Bull’s original menu, with popular Buffalo fried pickles served with gorgonzola sauce and hot sauce, the SBK Club sandwich and pizzas, like the Black + Bleu, with black truffle, blue cheese, mozzarella, pork belly confit, medjool dates and red onion.
Jason Stevens oversees a bar program that includes local spirits like Dripping Springs, Treaty Oak and Bone Spirits and brews from locals Hops and Grains, Oasis Texas Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, and more.
“Our newest airport restaurant lands in the best of Austin restaurant rankings with its bold and savory flavors,” said Jim Smith, Executive Director, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. “The new venue offers seated service with a host station, new to the airport.”
Second Bar + Kitchen at ABIA will be open from 4:30 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last flight departs. The airport branch will be operated by concessionaire Paradies Lagardère.
These are just the first steps of a major food-and-drink overhaul at Austin’s airport. It was announced last month that Tacodeli, Flyrite, Peached Tortilla, JuiceLand, and other local brands will also be opening at ABIA.