The 15 Most Anticipated Summer Restaurant Openings in Austin

Chinese po' boys, super-creative soft serve and modern Italian cuisine
May 31, 2016
by Veronica Meewes

Normally, summer slows down for Austin restaurants, as residents escape the city's heat for cooler destinations. But between this year's milder weather (so far) and a slew of awesome new establishments on the horizon, there are more reasons than ever to stick around town. We're kicking things off with a few that just opened over the holiday weekend. 

Snooze (pictured above)
Opening: South Lamar, just opened; Lamar Central, coming next month
The first Austin location of this Colorado-based brunch mecca opened over the weekend on South Lamar and the second location will open next month in the newly renovated Lamar Central. The menu features grub like breakfast pot pie, pineapple upside-down pancakes, pretzel roll sandwiches and a hefty menu of morning cocktails — with none of that "only until noon" business.

1700 S. Lamar Blvd.3800 N. Lamar Blvd.

Photo by Veronica Meewes

Opened:  Memorial Day
The ELM Restaurant Group (Italic, 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Arro) is behind this American bar, restaurant and coffee shop situated on the banks of Shoal Creek. It will be open all day, offering counter-service breakfast; soups, salads and sandwiches (like meatball subs and Philly cheesesteaks) for lunch; and heartier blue-plate specials (think chicken pot pie and pot roast) for dinner and late-night service. The interior features a fern-laden atrium, a red pinewood bar with vintage work lamps and an upright piano, and there's a spacious patio as well. 

506 West Ave.

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill
Opening: Summer 2016
This very highly anticipated Seaholm Power Plant restaurant will feature wood-fired and grilled American fare prepared by executive chef Jason Stude (ex Congress) in a four-story setting. 

214 West Ave.

Photo courtesy of General Tso'Boy

General Tso'Boy 
Opening: June 2016
Chinese flavors meet Cajun po' boys at this creative concept opening in the Rock Rose district of The Domain. Easy Tiger French bread will serve as the palette for a variety of savory, sweet and spicy sandwiches imagined by hospitality veterans Jessica and Gary Wu. 

11501 Rock Rose, Suite 152

Opening: June 2016
After debuting new items at both a trailer on Rainey Street and at a series of pop-ups inside Parlor & Yard, former Mulberry chef Ruston Richardson and general manager Karina Lopez renovated the former wine bar and will open their brand-new seafood concept this June.

360 Nueces St.

Photo courtesy of Musashino

Musashino Sushi Dokoro 
Opening: June 2016
Fans of this longtime Japanese establishment will be happy to know that veteran chef Smokey Musashino is bringing an identical menu to his brand-new restaurant in the former Fino space — just a whole new look!

2905 San Gabriel St.

Kyōten Sushiko
Opening: June 2016
Otto Phan closed his popular East Sixth Street sushi trailer this winter and announced his move to a Mueller brick-and-mortar this spring. Dinner is omakase-style and by reservation only, but he plans on launching a more casual counter serve for sushi lunches at a later date. 

4600 Mueller Blvd.

Photo by Jeff Amador

Cow Tipping Creamery
Opening: Mid–late June 2016
The start of summer is perfect timing for the launch of Cow Tipping Creamery's first Austin brick-and-mortar location. The popular campus-area soft-serve trailer will continue to run while this South Austin spot will feature a window with a counter and outdoor seating. Expect the usual über-creative offerings, plus Asian-inspired frozen desserts and a take-away freezer of ice cream cakes and other treats.

4715 S. Lamar Blvd.

Street by Chinatown
Opening: Late June 2016
Veteran restaurateur Ronald Cheng will expand his Chinatown empire with the opening of Street by Chinatown this summer. The new street food-inspired concept will feature plenty of dumplings, meats on sticks and themed lunch box specials honoring a different city each week. The new menu also includes dishes like scallion pancake beef wraps, taro fries, lotus leaf steamed fish, sugar cane fried shrimp and more.

3407 Greystone Dr.

Photo by Nicolai McCrary

Prohibition Creamery 
Opening: Mid–June 2016
This summer, Austin's first alcoholic ice cream shop will open in an East Austin bungalow, bringing together two delicious vices in a variety of shakes, floats and sundaes. Founder Laura Aidan graduated from Penn State's ice cream program before spending several years crafting recipes for creations with and without alcohol. Expect options like tiramisu ice cream twirled with espresso fudge; dark chocolate sorbet made with rotating single origin chocolate; and pineapple tequila sorbet.

1407 E. Seventh Street

Veggie Heaven 
Opening: July 2016
When the owner of UT classic Veggie Heaven decided to retire and close the restaurant, the response was so overwhelming, her daughter Stacy Chen decided to reopen Downtown. Regulars can expect their favorite dishes but look forward to some new items like veggie ramen, tacos and bibimbop — plus beer and wine.

1611 W. 5th St.

Photo by Kenny Braun

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking
Opening: Late summer 2016
Now with a cookbook and a trio of Jack Allen's Kitchens under his belt, Jack Gilmore is going back to his Gulf roots for his latest project, a seafood-focused restaurant called Salt Traders Coastal Kitchen. The test kitchen is currently churning out items like chowder fries with clam, bacon and leeks, and a late summer opening is expected.

2850 IH-35 N, Round Rock

L'Oca D'Oro
Opening: Summer 2016
Chef Fiore Tedesco, formerly of Franklin Barbecue and Bufalina, is putting the finishing touches on L'oca D'oro (which translates to The Golden Goose), a contemporary Italian eatery set to open in Mueller early this summer. Look forward to homemade bread and butter, fresh pasta, a fermentation program and unique entrees made from fresh, seasonal products.

1900 Simon Ave.

Photo by Jeff Amador

Cane Rosso 
​Opening: July 2016
Shortly after Cow Tipping Creamery opens the doors of its first brick-and-mortar, Dallas-based pizza favorite Cane Rosso will launch right next door (in the former St. Philip space). The pizzeria has developed somewhat of a cult following for its Neapolitan pies (pictured above), and they are one of only two spots in the state of Texas with Vera Pizzeria Napoletana certification (Pieous is the other), which makes them...deliciously legit.

4715 S. Lamar Blvd.

Pizzeria Sorellina
Opening: August 2016
After much R&D, chefs Taylor Hall and Adam Brick have perfected a naturally fermented pizza dough for the new pizzeria opening on the property of their Spicewood restaurant Apis. Sorellina will serve a cross between Neapolitan and Roman pizza, made using local ingredients. The opening menu will feature salumi crafted from Hapgood Ranch wild boar and prepared in five different styles.

23526 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood

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