Austin's 12 Most Anticipated Summer Openings

Irreverent brunches, creative kolaches & farm-driven pizzas
May 12, 2017
by Veronica Meewes

While the weather continues to heat up, there's no sign of Austin's lively restaurant scene cooling down. Get your juice cleanses out of the way now and then mark your calendar for this summer's top 12 most anticipated openings.

PS 35
ETA: May 23
Fans of Clint Elmore's pizza trailer 40 North will be thrilled to see the chef back in the kitchen, this time after having perfected New York–style pies. PS 35, which will open early this spring in Round Rock, will also feature hot and cold sandwiches, family-style Italian dishes plus soft serve for dessert. There will also be a giant outdoor pavilion, yard games, family-friendly arcade games and more. 

1500 North Interstate 35, Round Rock; 512-994-0680

Pitchfork Pretty​
ETA: Late May
It's no secret Austin loves its live-fire cooking these days, and this place is about to join in on the flame worship. Seth Baas (who formerly ran Blanca in San Diego) is the owner, Max Snyder (former chef at Old Bus Tavern in San Francisco) will lead the kitchen and Ryan Nolan (Chicago's Pump Room and Girl & the Goat) will lead a beverage program, which has thankfully secured a cocktail permit. The restaurant will open with both a breakfast menu (think bagels, sandwiches and muesli) and dinner, which might include yuca dumplings, half chicken (fried or barbecued) and smoked beef rib with broccoli salad and a corn tamale.

2708 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Credit: Holy Roller

Holy Roller
ETA: Late May/early June
Hot on the heels of her husband Phil Speer opening Bonhomie, Callie Speer (formerly of Swift's Attic and Geraldine's) will open her own chef-driven diner concept. Holy Roller, located off West Sixth in the former Wahoo's Fish Taco space, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of sweet and savory pastry elements. We'll be counting down the days until we can try the migas kolach topped with hash browns and queso — plus soda fountain–inspired parfaits, root beer floats and a soft serve–filled choco taco. Pastry chef Britt Castro and beverage director Jen Keyser also join the team from Geraldine's, completing the rock star triumvirate.

509 Rio Grande St.

Bao'd Up
ETA: Early summer
Xian Sushi — which is known as much for its hand-pulled noodles as for its maki and nigiri ​— is opening up a new Mueller spot this summer focused on bao. Expect both sweet and savory options, plus Taiwanese burgers, fries and bubble tea, conveniently located right next to the brand-new Alamo Drafthouse.

1911 Aldrich St. Suite A1

Credit: Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches

Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches​
ETA: Late May/early June
If there's one thing we don't have enough of in this city, it's kolach. Luckily, brothers Noah and Josh Lit are about to fix that. Pastry chef Jasmine Jones (owner of I Knead That bakery) uses Micklethwait Craft Meats and local produce to craft kolaches and klobasnek in flavors like brisket with pickle and Swiss, veggie sausage with Gouda and chocolate with pecan and caramel. They'll be offering craft beer from near and far, streaming from 12 taps and 400 cans and bottles, available for purchase — mix-and-match your own six packs! — or on-site consumption.

3220 Manor Rd.; 512-961-9409

Halal Guys
ETA: Early summer
Halal Guys is taking over the space behind Spider House that once housed I Luv Video for years. Fans of the iconic late-night New York City food cart will soon be able to enjoy the same chicken and beef gyro wraps and rice platters, with side options like hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and loaded fries — and you better believe we're putting on our stretchy pants for this opening.

2915 Guadalupe St.

Credit: Veracruz All Natural

​Veracruz All Natural
ETA: Early June
Veracruz All Natural's family-run operation is growing by leaps and bounds lately. One humble trailer has now grown into two wildly popular trailers (the original and one outside Radio Coffee & Beer) and a brick-and-mortar opened in Round Rock last spring. Now the first Austin brick-and-mortar is set to drop soon in North Austin, slinging our same favorite tacos, quesadillas and tortas, plus fresh juices and smoothies.

9003 Waterford Centre Blvd.

Nickel City & The Delray Cafe
ETA: July
The Hunt brothers responsible for bringing us VIA 313 are teaming up with Craig Primozich of Javelina to reopen the former Longbranch Inn on East 11th Street. The bar will serve New Orleans–style frozen cocktails with a heavy selection of whiskey, while the Delray Cafe trailer outside will serve wings by the pound and Detroit-style coney dogs (mustard, chili, onions, natural-casing hot dog, steamed bun), plus sliders and crinkle-cut chili cheese fries.

1133 E. 11th St.

Credit: Stella Public House

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

1911 Aldrich St.

The Brewer's Table
ETA: Late summer
After executing pop-ups at Franklin Barbecue and Olamaie, plus New Belgium Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery, chef Zach Hunter and the rest of the team behind The Brewer's Table are getting even closer to opening this summer. The forthcoming Eastside brewery and restaurant brings together food and beer by using ingredients like barley, malt and hops in its cuisine and incorporating wood in both live-fire cooking and barrel aging.

4715 E. 5th St.

Credit: The Brewer's Table

Colleen's Kitchen
ETA: Late summer
Longtime Mueller residents Ashley and Sean Fric are anticipating a late summer opening for their restaurant Colleen's Kitchen, which will feature 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.

Il Brutto
ETA: Late summer
The latest project from New Waterloo (La Condesa, SwayCafé No Sé, Otoko, Mañana) 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.

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