Here's a roundup of the latest restaurant news from Central Austin

Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole have partnered to open Asian smokehouse Loro on South Lamar Boulevard.

Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole have partnered to open Asian smokehouse Loro on South Lamar Boulevard.

Here’s the latest dining news in Central Austin.

North Central
Rudy’s Bar-B-Q will open a fifth Austin location at 3918 N. Lamar Blvd. in spring 2018 in the space previously occupied by EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill. 956-542-2532.

Sushi restaurant Kome closed its location at 4917 Airport Blvd., Austin, in Hyde Park on Nov. 12 ahead of its move to a new location at 5301 Airport Blvd., Austin, in the North Loop neighborhood. It opened Nov. 21. In its previous location, Kome owner Kayo Asazu is partnering with Motoyasu Utsonomiya of East Side King to open a second location of Sa-ten Coffee & Eats by the end of the year. 512-712-5700.

Hyde Park wine bar Vino Vino, located at 4119 Guadalupe St., Austin, reopened Nov. 17 with an expanded menu helmed by new chef Adam Brick, formerly of Apis Restaurant and Apiary in Spicewood. 512-465-9282.

Verts Mediterranean Grill, the Austin-born fast-casual restaurant chain, announced it was rebranding as Noon Mediterranean on Nov. 17. The company, which has 19 locations in four states, including eight in Austin, previously changed its name in 2016 from VertsKebap. Over the summer, it relocated its office from Austin to New York City. 512-800-8194.

Russell Davis, co-host of the Spike TV reality show “Bar Rescue” and former bar manager of Peche, opened a new bar on Nov. 29. Academia, which is located at 208 W. Fourth St., Austin, “was designed as a figurative faculty lounge for an Ivy League university of drinking where the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson could be found,” according to an October news release. [email protected]

Pool Burger, which serves tiki drinks and Waygu beef burgers, opened Oct. 18 near Deep Eddy Pool. Partner Will Bridges worked with McGuire Moorman Hospitality, the group behind Austin spots Josephine House and Perla’s, to open the restaurant, which is located at 2315 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin. 512-334-9747.

Eight days after announcing the closing of its Avery Ranch location, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill owner Cornbread Ventures filed for bankruptcy in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 30. The company’s two Austin locations, including the original Z’Tejas at 1110 W. Sixth St., Austin, remain open, as do two in Phoenix. 512-478-5355.

Healthy, fast-casual restaurant Flower Child opened its second Austin location at 500 W. Second St. in December. The 3,635-square-foot first-floor restaurant serves salads, plates, wraps and hummus as well as kombucha on tap. The chain has locations in five states, including a restaurant that opened at Domain Northside in North Austin last year. 512-777-2493.

South Central
Asian smokehouse and bar Loro will open at 2115 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in early 2018, according to an Oct. 30 news release from Hai Hospitality, the restaurant group behind the restaurant. Loro is a collaboration between Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Tyson Cole, co-founder and executive chef of sushi spot Uchi.

ManinPasta, an Italian restaurant, opened Dec. 11, according to its website. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is located at 3403 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Aroma Italian Kitchen and Bar, which announced its closing Nov. 8. 512-900-8670.

After announcing plans to close by the end of March because of sharply rising rent downtown, Threadgill’s World Headquarters at 301 W. Riverside Drive, Austin, confirmed Nov. 20 that owner Eddie Wilson signed a three-year lease and intends to keep the location, which opened in 1966, in business. 512-472-9304.

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 221 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, closed in mid-September. A district manager for the company said the closing was due to a focus on the business’s expansion, including a new location in Georgetown. 512-351-8680.

After 10 years in business, Fair Bean Coffee at 2210 S. First St., Austin, closed Nov. 25. Owner Andres Salvador announced the news on the coffee shop’s Facebook page. In a later post, he cited an inability to recruit adequate staff for the store as the reason for the closing. 512-444-=2326.

Peruvian ceviche bar Yuyo opened Nov. 1 at 1900 Manor Road, Austin. The restaurant is led by siblings Carlos and Maribel Rivero. Carlos is the restaurateur behind the El Chile Group, which owns Austin restaurants El Chile, El Alma, El Chilito and Alcomar. Maribel is the executive chef of Yuyo. 512-919-4147.

Barton Springs food truck Acai Hut will open its first brick-and-mortar location at 1911 Aldrich St., Austin, in early 2018. Acai Hut was founded by siblings Rodrigo, Rodolfo and Angelica Cid, of Juiz De Fora, Brazil, and Rodrigo’s wife, Stephanie Kelly Cid. The Mueller spot will offer build-your-own acai bowls and fruit smoothies. 512-520-2248.

Franklin Barbecue at 900 E. 11th St., Austin, reopened Nov. 21, according to co-owner Stacy Franklin. A fire on Aug. 26 temporarily closed down to the popular downtown barbecue spot. 512-653-1187.

Bird Bird Biscuit, a breakfast-and-lunch spot serving biscuit sandwiches, will open at 2701 Manor Road, Austin, in spring 2018. The restaurant is a collaboration between Brian Batch and Ryan McElroy, both of Thunderbird Coffee.

Tapas restaurant Barcelona Wine Bar will join Epoch Coffee, gelateria Dolce Neve, Tarka Indian Kitchen, brunch spot Snooze, Stout Burgers and Beers, Austin Juicery, and beer bar Ginger Man as a tenant of Plaza Saltillo. The East Austin mixed-use development is expected to open in 2018 and will feature 800 multifamily units, 140,000 square feet of office space and 115,000 square feet of retail space across six contiguous blocks on East Fifth Street, between I-35 and the Saltillo MetroRail station.


The 28-story tower is expected to open on West 17th Street in 2023. (Rendering courtesy Rhode Partners)
Luxury mixed-use tower The Linden breaks ground north of Capitol in Central Austin

The 28-story high-rise will feature dozens of luxury residences, including a selection of two-story penthouses.

The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission considered a finalized draft of an updated map for Austin's 10 City Council districts Sept. 15. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
UPDATED: Draft map of Austin's redrawn City Council boundaries ready for community review

Volunteer city redistricting commissioners have unanimously passed an initial outline to update all 10 City Council districts set to go into effect next year.

Photo of a sign in a field
3 weeks before first weekend, ACL Music Festival awaits permit, final health and safety procedures

Austin City Limits Music Festival has not yet received a permit for its multiweekend music festival, but the city of Austin said this is a normal timeline.

The Austin Transit Partnership approved a $312.8 million budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
Project Connect’s $312.8M budget receives approval for FY 2021-22

The budget will largely be spent on advancing the 30% designs for the Orange and Blue MetroRail lines.

The Davis/White Park trail will be improved through the Neighborhood Partnering Program. (Courtesy Austin Public Works Department)
City of Austin selects 4 neighborhood improvement projects to assist

The Austin Public Works department has helped complete more than 70 local neighborhood improvement projects in the last 10 years.

200 Academy Drive could be redeveloped to bring live music and housing to a South River City neighborhood. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
South River City's historic Austin Opera House property targeted for housing development, music venue revival

If approved, the project could bring a 17,500-square-foot concert hall and dozens of homes to a 4.6-acre site off of South Congress Avenue.

The city Music Commission met Sept. 13 to consider final outlines for the Live Music Fund Event Program and Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund 3.0.
Austin moving closer to sending out millions for live music events, musician recovery

Two upcoming city funding opportunities are being designed to support music industry events and provide emergency stabilization for those in the music sector.

Photo of county commissioners and community nonprofit leaders at a press conference
Travis County commits $110 million in federal funding to combat homelessness

The allocation will fund 2,000 supportive housing units.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization said the 10 projects will complement existing priority projects in Central Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Central Texas transportation organization advances $7 million in funding for 10 priority projects

The group also provided updates on efforts to restructure the loan it extended for the MoPac express lanes.

Photo of a pregnant woman in the hospital
Austin doctors say pregnant individuals should vaccinate, seek monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

Pregnant women are considered to be at higher risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19.