Restaurants scheduled to open in Austin in 2018

The Austin restaurant scene has had a wobbly couple of years. But this one was better than last year, and I expect next year to be even better.

Some of my favorite trailers (Valentina’s Tex-Mex and Mellizoz Tacos) are finally getting brick-and-mortar spaces to call their own; restaurant groups with a solid track record (Chameleon Group, Bryce Gilmore’s team and New Waterloo) are opening new concepts, as is Patrick Terry; stand-out chefs like Sam Hellman-Mass are opening their own spots (Suerte); and some local favorites (Rudy’s, Polvo’s and Home Slice) are adding to their portfolio. Below are about two dozen new restaurants where you will likely be doing quite a bit of dining in the new year. Time to look to the future.

Fish will be on display at Guild. (Credit: Madeline Burrows)

Central Austin

Guild

Principals: Head chef Sterling Ridings (Uchi); Owner Stuart Thomajan (CEO Chameleon Group, which owns Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow).

Concept: Seafood-driven restaurant that draws from broad and diverse influences.

Address: 3800 North Lamar, Ste. 170.

Estimated opening: Mid-January.

Home Slice Pizza

Principals: Founders Jen and Joseph Strickland and Terri Hannifin-Buis and new partners and Home Slice veterans Nano Whitman, Jeff Mettler, and Adam Cooper..

Concept: New York-style pizza, big sub sandwiches, chicken wings and a full bar for the second location of this modern classic.

Location: 501 E. 53rd St.

Estimated opening: February.

Our Taco House Co-Op

Principals: Shirley Trevino and Raquel Banda.

Concept: Two veterans of the old Tamale House bring the co-operative business model to their own Mexican food restaurant.

Address: 5206 Eilers Ave.

Estimated opening: Summer.

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Rudy’s “Country Store” & Bar-B-Q

Principals: Ken Schiller and Brian Nolen, whose K&N Management is the licensed area developer for Rudy’s.

Concept: The barbecue veterans bring their downhome concept into the heart of the city for the first time.

Address: 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. (in the old EZ’s Bar & Grill location).

Estimated opening: Late spring.

Stacy Chen (right) will open a concept inspired by her grandmother’s ramen shop in Japan. (Matthew Odam AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

 

Yoshi Ramen

Principals: Chef-owner Stacy Chen, who also owns Veggie Heaven.

Concept: Menu will feature Japanese and Taiwanese cuisine, such as ramen, stir fry, bao, specialty items like ramen burgers, and self-serve frozen yogurt.

Address: 3320 Harmon Ave. (ground floor of the Marq Uptown apartment building).

Estimated opening: Mid-January.

Downtown

North Italia

Principals: Fox Restaurant Concepts, Founder Sam Fox.

Concept: Modern Italian restaurant with location at Domain opens second Austin outpost.

Address: 500 W. Second St. Suite 123.

Estimated opening: February.

Peli Peli

Principal: Executive chef and South Africa native Paul Friedman.

Concept: South-African inspired restaurant from Houston with menu items like curry chicken, pan-seared kingklip and mixed South African grill plate with lamb, beef and sausage.

Location: 201 W. Third St.

Estimated opening: Spring.

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Polvo’s

Principals: Owner Oscar “Polvo” Linares.

Concept: The South Austin Mexican staple that opened in 1997 will open its first downtown location, with plans to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Address: 360 Condominium tower (310 Nueces St.).

Estimated opening: January.

East Austin

Bird Bird Biscuit will serve biscuit sandwiches for breakfast and lunch in East Austin. (Contributed by Chelsea Francis)

Bird Bird Biscuit

Principals: Co-founder/owner Ryan McElroy and co-founder/chef Brian Batch. The former is the owner of Thunderbird Coffee and the latter the shop’s former general manager.

Concept: Fast-casual spot serving biscuit sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.

Address: 2701 Manor Road.

Estimated opening: Spring.

The Brewer’s Table brings wood-fired cuisine and beers to East Austin. (Contributed)

The Brewer’s Table

Principals: Owner Jake Maddux (Thirsty Planet Brewing), chef Zach Hunter (Uchi, Qui, Fixe) and head brewer Drew Durish (Live Oak Brewing).

Concept: Beer-centric restaurant serving wood-fermented brews and wood-fire-grilled cuisine.

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

Estimated opening: First quarter.

Il Brutto

Principals: New Waterloo (La Condesa, Sway, South Congress Hotel).

Concept: Neighborhood Italian Restaurant with two imported Neapolitan wood-burning brick ovens, wine cellar and a live oak-shaded patio serving lunch, brunch and dinner, with house-made pizza and pasta.

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

Estimated opening: First quarter.

Hank’s

Principals: Andy Means and Jessie Katz (former owners of now-closed Henri’s).

Concept: All-day menu featuring casual fare including burgers, sandwiches, salads, fresh made pastas, house pastries and a kids’ menu, along with full bar and an extensive selection of wine and beers on tap. Hank’s will also offer drive-through service.

Address: 5811 Berkman Drive.

Estimated opening: February.

Sour Duck

Principals: Chefs Bryce Gilmore and Mark Buley and partners Dylan Gilmore and Jason James (Odd Duck).

Concept: All-day bakery, café and bar from a team led by five-time James Beard Award finalist, Bryce Gilmore.

Address: 1814 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Estimated opening: First quarter.

Chef Sam Hellman-Mass is bringing his brand of artisanal Mexican food to East Austin.

Suerte

Concept: Mexican restaurant centered on house-made masa dishes using heirloom Central Texas corn.

Principals: Chef-owner Sam Hellman-Mass, a founding partner of Barley Swine and Odd Duck; and executive chef Fermín Núñez, former chef de cuisine at Launderette.

Address: 1800 E. Sixth St. (former Dario’s space).

Estimated opening: First quarter.

North Austin

Bakery Lorraine

Concept: The French-inspired bakery with its flagship at the Pearl Brewery complex in San Antonio brings its classic and colorful macarons, croissants, sandwiches and more to Rock Rose.

Principals: Owned by Charlie Biedenharn and helmed by husband-and-wife pastry chefs Jeremy Mandrell and Anne Ng, who met while baking at Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley.

Address: 11600 Rock Rose. Suite 100.

Estimated opening: Fall.

Sway Rock Rose

Principals: New Waterloo (La Condesa, Sway, South Congress Hotel).

Concept: The sleek modern Thai restaurant takes its curries, noodles and salt-and-pepper shrimp north.

Address: ​11501 Rock Rose Ave.

Estimated opening: First quarter.

South Austin

Cruzteca

Principals: Adam Winters and Jessica Galindo Winters (Melizzoz).

Concept: The owners of the popular South Austin truck will bring their tacos, tortas, queso and more to a brick-and-mortar location.

Address: 5207 Brodie Lane (in former Stuffed Cajun Meat Market space).

Estimated opening: Spring.

Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole have partnered for Loro, a Japanese smokehouse in South Austin. Contributed by Logan Crable

Loro

Principals Tyson Cole (Hai Hospitality) and Aaron Franklin.

Concept: Asian smokehouse and bar with a menu featuring grilled and smoked meats, sides, craft beer and batch cocktails.

Address: 2115 South Lamar Blvd.

Estimated opening: First quarter.

The Switch

Principals: Shane Stiles.

Concept: A follow-up concept to Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, this outpost will serve smoked meats and cajun classics, a collaboration led by Lance Kirkpatrick, Bill Dumas and Christopher McGhee of Stiles Switch and chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir. Restaurant will also serve cocktails such as margaritas and local beer.

Location: Belterra Village development off US 290 at Nutty Brown Road.

Estimated opening: March.

Taco Ranch

Principals: Patrick Terry.

Concept: The owner of P. Terry’s brings his approach of quickness and quality to a Tex-Mex spot featuring homemade tortillas and salsas.

Address: 5033 U.S. 290 W. (MoPac Boulevard and U.S. 290).

Estimated opening: First quarter.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Concept: The ultimate hybridization of Tex-Mex and barbecue finally gets a building to call its own for some of the best tacos, tortas and barbecue in Central Texas.

Principals: Chef-owner Miguel Vidal.

Address: 11500 Manchaca Road (near FM 1626).

Estimated opening: First quarter.

West Austin

Sway Westlake Hills

Principals: New Waterloo (La Condesa, Sway, South Congress Hotel).

Concept: The sleek modern Thai restaurant takes its curries, noodles and salt-and-pepper shrimp west.

Address: ​3437 Bee Cave Road.

Estimated opening: First quarter.

West End

Better Half

Principals: Owners Matt and Grady Wright and Matthew Bolick (Brew & Brew) and executive chef Rich Riembolt (McMguire Moorman Hospitality).

Concept: All-day American cafe and bar will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from a full kitchen and feature a coffee and beer program similar to that at Brew & Brew.

Address: 1203 W. Fifth St. (at Walsh Street).

Estimated opening: Spring.

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