Inside Irene’s to Open

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Openings

New W 5th St bistro from the ELM group to open Memorial Day called Inside Irene’s. The theme is comfort food from Chef Andrew Curren and the menu will feature items like grilled cheese (of course), steak sandwiches, pigs in a blanket, a pulled chicken and avocado sandwich and much more. Cocktails abound and they […]

Lox, Box and Barrel Open on 290 W

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Openings

Neat little bagelry has opened on 290 W about 5 miles N of Oak Hill. Very good and fresh bagels and excellent lox (salmon) among their offerings. Address is 9521 Highway 290. Phone is 512-400-4681. www.loxboxandbarrel.com

Wine Fight in Italy!

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Openings

The families that make one of my favorites, Amarone del Valpolicella, are squabbling over the control of the name Amarone. Well more than squabbling apparently: there’s litigation involved at this point. As Colonel Niebaum once famously said, “can’t we all just get along?”

Pieous Introduces Pie-e-tea
on 290 W

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Openings

Josh Kaner wasn’t content with the runaway success of Pieous on 290 W. So the mercurial pizza maker and sourdough curator opened a tea and pastry shop adjacent to his restaurant a few months ago. And just like the bread he makes at Pieous for the pastrami sandwiches these pastries are amazing. The place opens […]

Chinos and Gringos Opens
in Oak Hill

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Openings

Oak Hill has its first Tex-Mex and Asian fusion restaurant. Partners Tom Hsieh and David Deicke bring backgrounds in Asian and Mexican cuisine to the table. Like many newer Austin restaurants, they began as a food truck in 2014 and evolved from there. They’ve got some diverse influences on the menu from Korean-styled Kimchee Fries […]

Stephan Pyles Shuttering Famous Dallas Restaurant

Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Closings, Openings

Stephan Pyles has been pleasing Dallas palates for years and his influence reaches down to Austin as well. So it’s a big story up north that Pyle’s namesake restaurant is closing. He’s at the end of another of his ten-year cycles and well, just like the chef of Star Canyon fame will be moving on. […]

Via 313 Opens 2nd Location at site of Blackbird and Henry

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Openings

Detroit-style pizza Via 313 has opened a second location at 31st and Guadalupe at the site of the closed Blackbird and Henry. I had high hopes for them after the move from 919 in Marble Falls. Ah well. Don’t expect any problems for the new Via 313 location. The first brick and mortar location on […]

Gonzo Gourmet Club Planning Next Dinner

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Openings

After a killer first dinner at III Forks last month, our rejuvenated Gonzo Gourmet Club is planning a second dinner. We’re thinking about Prelog’s downtown and have also had some requests for the always excellent Freda’s Seafood Grille near Lakeline Mall. Please email us rbbalon1@gmail.com if you have other requests or feedback. One way or […]

Rainey Street Smokin’ on Sunday Night

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Openings

Our first instinct was to head down to my friend Brian O’Neills place Bangers on Rainey St. I mean how crowded could it be on a Sunday night? Slammed was the word. So we tried No Va and then El Naranjo with the same result. The street was teeming with masses of people: some bar […]

Hudson’s on the Bend to Have Last Service Saturday night.

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Closings, Openings

One of Austin’s most iconic restaurants, Hudson’s on the Bend, will have its last service Saturday night. Jeff Blank’s incredible 32-year run will come to an end and he will be sorely missed. The restaurant will close for a time and will reopen at an undetermined date under new ownership.. Nonetheless, as a tribute to […]

Darryl Wittle to Return as GM to Bob’s Steak and Chop House.

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Openings

Darryl Wittle, the beloved former GM at Fleming’s has returned to Bob’s Steak and Chop House as GM. Wittle is an exemplary restaurateur who set a very high bar during his tenure at Fleming’s . Great to have him back on the downtown scene.

Mixed Reviews for Restaurant Traffic at SXSW

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Openings

So the mammoth combination of intellect, music and enormous crowds known as SXSW has once again enveloped Austin in its heady brew. Some restaurants love this festival and others wish it would take a long walk off a short pier. The interactive part of the festival, which comes first, tends to attract those with expense […]

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking to Open in Round Rock.

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Openings

Jack Gillmore and Tom Hamm will be opening their fourth restaurant at the site of the former Mesa Rosa at 2850 N IH 35. This is a stone’s throw from Jack Allen’s Kitchen in RR. The highly successful duo who now have three Jack Allen’s Kitchens are going to focus on a menu a bit […]

Street by Chinatown to Open in Early Summer

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Openings

Spoke to Ronald Cheng today and he’s buzzed about his coming venture: Street by Chinatown. It will be downstairs at the Greystone location. The name pretty much sums up the intended cuisine. Ronald wants to do a casual Izakaya-like concept featuring Asian street fare. Ronald has never introduced anything he has not meticulously planned out […]

Cafe Blue to Move

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Openings

One of my long-time favs, Cafe Blue at the Galleria, is moving to new digs within the vast Bee Cave complex. They’ll be at the old location just down from Hill Country Cinema for another couple of weeks. I’ve been craving Chef Ben’s fabulous clam chowder anyway so it’s high time for a visit.

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