Austin's 12 Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings

A smoke-inspired diner, modern Peruvian and LA-approved burritos
August 20, 2017
by Veronica Meewes

This past season has been another scorcher, so we can't wait for cooler days — and the new Austin restaurants that will come with them. Consider this list of our most anticipated upcoming openings your reward for making it through another Central Texas summer!

Be More Pacific
ETA: Late September/early October
Austin's only Filipino food truck will be taking over the space formerly occupied by Rebel Pizza Bar. Its menu of classics (like pancit, lumpia and adobo) will now be served alongside a full bar menu, featuring specialty cocktails designed to pair with the food. We can also look forward to all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch with roasted pig (lechon) plus a Kamayan Experience. This reservation-only group dinner will come with off-menu favorites (like stuffed squid and whole fried fish) served on a table lined with banana leaves and intended to be eaten sans utensils. 

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd.

The team behind El Chile, El Chilito, El Alma and Alcomar is about to open its latest concept, which will be a tribute to Peruvian food. Though the location and details are being kept very secret, we know we can expect good things to come from chef Maribel Rivero, who's worked with Kamilla Seidler at Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia, and collaborated with Virgilio Martinez on the Lima Cookbook.

Phoebe's Diner
ETA: Early fall
The Winebelly Group is about to expand with another concept close to its beloved South Austin wine bar, Winebelly. Phoebe's Diner will be smoke inspired (think smoked pork ribs and grits) and will feature a bar serving beer, wine and coffee. Chef Camden Stuerzenberger, formerly of Fork & Vine, will lead the new kitchen.​

533 Oltorf St.

Credit: Fairmont Austin Hotel

Fulton Bar
ETA: Fall
When the Fairmont Austin Hotel opens its doors this fall, becoming Austin's largest hotel, Fulton Bar will be one of the five food and beverage concepts launching with it. The ground-floor lobby bar will feature nightly live music, local beer, wine and spirits, and playful shared plates like these Japanese-inspired deviled eggs (above), served with ramen reduction, bonito mayo, koji dust and a quickle.

101 Red River St.

ETA: Fall
This modern grill house, dedicated to open-fire cooking, will also launch in the Fairmont Austin Hotel this fall, led by executive chef Andre Natera and chef de cuisine Jason Purcell. Starting with the area's best ingredients, the globally informed, fire-kissed dishes will include standouts like fermented carrot “embers”, carrot top–green garlic pesto, dill yogurt and agua dulce ogo dust along with a Niman Ranch grilled ham chop with cassoulet, sorghum caramel, charred cabbages and Asian pear.

101 Red River St.

ETA: Fall
Chef de cuisine Matthew Schaefer teams up with Natera for this third Fairmont Austin Hotel concept which features four different open kitchens — each one focused on a distinct culinary world, from Italian classics like cacio e pepe and Asian creations like Tokyo frites to fresh seafood and a bakeshop led by pastry chef Benjamin Metais.

101 Red River St.

Credit: Il Brutto

Il Brutto
ETA: Late summer/early fall
The latest project from New Waterloo (La CondesaSwayCafé No SéOtokoMañana) is an Eastside Italian restaurant helmed by chef Erind Halilaj. The Albanian-born and Italian-raised chef held restaurant positions at five-star hotels in Milan before moving to New York to oversee the kitchen at Obicà Mozzarella Bar. Il Brutto will feature antipasti and daily housemade pastas and pizzas, along with private dining and patio seating shaded by an oak tree. An adjacent, yet-to-be-named casual concept will serve Italian sandwiches during the day.

1617 E. 6th St.

Le Politique
​ETA: Late summer/early fall
Austin will gain a much-needed French concept in Downtown when Le Politique opens in the Northshore apartment complex. Another New Waterloo project, this one will focus on traditional French fare (like escargot and trout amandine) from executive chef Derek Salkin (formerly of Pao, Jean-Georges, Per Se, The French Laundry, The Modern and more) plus coffee and pastries from pastry chef Alyssa Hurlstone (formerly of Faena Miami Hotel and The French Laundry).

110 San Antonio St.

​Krua Urban Thai
ETA: Early fall
Sam Sampaotong (owner of Aroi Thai Cuisine in West Austin) is opening a Thai restaurant in the intimate space formerly occupied by Barley Swine. Filling a hole in a neighborhood lacking Thai cuisine, Krua (which means "kitchen" in Thai) will serve traditional noodles, stir-fries and curries, along with beer and wine.

2024 S. Lamar Blvd.

Credit: Stella Public House

Stella Public House
ETA: Early fall
This "farm-to-pizza" restaurant and craft-beer bar, now with locations in San Antonio and San Diego, is opening in Mueller early this fall, right next to sister concept Halcyon coffee and bar. Expect a pizza-focused menu as well as small plates (dictated by the season's bounty), plus 30 craft taps and a wood-fired weekend brunch.

1911 Aldrich St.

Colleen's Kitchen
ETA: Early fall
Longtime Mueller residents Ashley and Sean Fric are anticipating an early fall opening for their restaurant Colleen's Kitchen, which will spotlight Southern favorites like fried chicken, deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes served in a warm, welcoming environment with a lively bar. The family-run operation will join Alamo Drafthouse, Stella Public House and Halcyon in the Mueller Diamond Building.

1911 Aldrich St.

The Rooster
This LA favorite will be taking over La Barbecue's old spot on Cesar Chavez, where it promises to "make breakfast dope again." Look forward to a tater tot–stuffed breakfast burrito, an egg-topped burger, a bodega-inspired breakfast sandwich and more.

1906 E. Cesar Chavez St.

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