Two of the most popular dining trends over the past several years in Austin have been Southern and Italian cuisines. Soon you can get a taste of both under one roof. Longtime Cedar Door owners Steve and Heather Potts will open La Volpe Friday at 201 Brazos St. B, next door to their downtown bar. The restaurant helmed by executive chef Will Eason intends to “blend traditional Italian with ultra-fresh ingredients and Southern flavors.”
Eason got his start in cooking at Revival Grill in Greensboro, North Carolina and eventually made his way to Italian-inspired Second Bar + Kitchen before going to work at the Cedar Door in 2014.
His menu includes fried baby artichokes with shaved fennel and limoncello crema, charred okra with smoked tomato and mustard green purée, white truffle lasagne with porcini mushrooms, ribeye with Texas cabernet compound butter; and a grilled pork chop.
Pastry chef Amanda Neber, a veteran of Olive & June and Foreign & Domestic, has created a menu that includes charred corn panna cotta with cinnamon cornbread croutons; and sweet tea tiramisù.
The bar at La Volpe (meaning “fox” in Italian) features Italian and Texas wines, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails infused with fresh herbs and spices.
La Volpe is located at 201 Brazos St. Building B. Dinner will be served Tuesday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with Sunday brunch planned in the coming weeks.
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.
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.
There’s a new option for Mexican food in downtown Austin. Oscar “Polvo” Linares opened a the newest location of his eponymous restaurant at 310 Nueces St. in the 360 Condominium tower. The space previously housed Prelog’s and before that Garrido’s.
Polvos serves dinner nightly, with a menu that includes a roster of enchiladas, fajitas and seafood dishes for which the original Polvos on South First Street is known. Breakfast is currently only served on Sunday, with a wide range of breakfast tacos joining a menu that includes about a dozen plates like chilaquiles and migas.
The restaurant is currently open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Polvos serves breakfast from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with dinner following, though Linares has said the restaurant will eventually serve lunch daily and possibly extend breakfast depending on demand.
Linares opened the original Polvos on South First Street in 1997.
Downtown denizens looking for quick and healthy meals have a new options. Mad Greens, the Colorado chain that opened its first Austin location at Domain Northside last April, has opened at 419 W. Second St. The shop, which fittingly took the place of the original Leaf, serves salads, wraps, pasta and grain bowls and fruit and vegetable juices.
South Austin Mexican staple Polvos will open a location in the 360 Condominium tower (310 Nueces St.) downtown later this summer, as first reported by Eater Austin. Owner Oscar “Polvo” Linares says he plans for the restaurant, located in the former Prelog’s space, to initially open at 10 a.m. and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they will consider opening earlier if they see a demand for morning hours. Downtown Polvo’s will feature the same menu as the original on South First Street that Linares opened in December 1997. Linares hopes to open in the last week of August.
Two popular names from the Domain are making their way to downtown Austin. Flower Child, a healthful restaurant that focuses on gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan dining throughout the day and attempts to market to the physically and spiritually fit with gimmicks like a yoga mat “parking” area and North Italia, an Italian restaurant serving pizzas,pastas, and other traditional dishes, will both open on the ground floor of 500 West 2nd Street, the second phase of the Thomas C. Greenwater Treatment Plant redevelopment in downtown Austin later this year. Both restaurants are owned and operated by Fox Restaurant Concepts, which has 16 unique concepts and more than 50 restaurants in 10 states, including True Foods Kitchen and Culinary Dropout in Austin.
Some of Austin’s most successful a restaurateurs have their sights set on a new restaurant. The team that founded Eddie V’s, and has since opened Salty Sow and, most recently, Red Ash plan to open ATX Cocina in downtown.
The restaurant will be located in the Northshore Tower (110 San Antonio St.), the building that will also house the new French bistro and bakery Le Politique from the New Waterloo group.
There’s no scheduled opening date for the restaurant that bills itself as Modern Mexican, but ATX Cocina has already started hiring for all positions.