Pacific Asian restaurant and cocktail bar coming to downtown’s 2nd Street District

The 2nd Street District will be getting an infusion of Asian flavors later this summer, as She’s Not Here is set to open in the former Malaga space at 440 Second St. next to the Violet Crown Cinema. The restaurant, operated by Uchi veterans Ben Cachila (former Uchi development director) and Chris Romero (branding and marketing director), will serve lunch and dinner and a Pacific Asian-influenced cocktail list. The chefs for the concept have not been announced.

Soft shell crab from She’s Not Here. (Credit: Nicolai McCrary)

The lunch menu will center on quickie dishes like grab-and-go bento boxes with pork belly rolls and fried chicken sandwiches, while the dinner menu will include dishes like Hawaiian Saimin noodles in a Shanghai beef tip and Tokyo clam broth, Filipino porchetta stuffed with sugarcane-grilled shrimp, and Tasmanian ocean trout with passion fruit.

Cocktails will feature Pacific Asian-influences flavor profiles from the use of hibiscus rye, roasted coconut, jasmine, cloves, falooda syrup, cardamom, kaffir lime and more.

She’s Not Here is planning to be open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. Follow progress on social media channels like Facebook and Instagram and visit shnaustin.com for more details.

Author: Matthew Odam

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

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