First tenants open in Domain’s new Rock Rose entertainment district

Mia Italian Tapas & Bar and The Dogwood are two of eight businesses opening in the new Rock Rose district of The Domain in January.

Mia Italian Tapas & Bar and The Dogwood are two of eight businesses opening in the new Rock Rose district of The Domain in January.

In January the first tenants in the new Rock Rose entertainment district at Domain Northside will open their doors.

Endeavor Real Estate Group, which is developing the Rock Rose district, envisioned a retail section home to Austin-based businesses.

“We strived to create an eclectic mix of authentic and personality-driven restaurants and retailers on this street that will appeal to both Austin residents and visitors alike, and we truly believe that this vision is coming to life,” Endeavor Principal Billy Osherow said in a news release.

Rock Rose Domain Tarka Indian Kitchen opens its fourth Austin-area location Jan. 8 in the new Rock Rose district of Domain Northside. Next door Two Hands Coffee will open Jan. 17.[/caption]

Tarka Indian Kitchen will open its fourth Austin-area location Jan. 8 at 11501 Rock Rose Ave. The fast-casual Indian restaurant serves a variety of curries, kabobs and vegetarian dishes.

Owner and CEO Tinku Saini said he was most drawn to the homegrown restaurants, bars and retailers. It will be a vibrant area with many tenants, including Tarka, having outdoor areas and patios, he said.

Although Tarka does not typically choose locations such as The Domain, he said he is excited to join other Austin businesses such as Kung Fu Saloon, Jack & Ginger’s, Two Hands Coffee and East Side King’s Thai Kun.

“It’s cool to be associated with that class of restaurants and bars,” he said.

For more information call 512-719-3311 or visit www.tarkaindiankitchen.com.

Rock Rose Domain The Rock Rose district at Domain Northside will feature locally owned restaurants, bars and retail.[/caption]

Brad Womack, co-owner of The Dogwood, which will open Jan. 21, said the Rock Rose bar is the biggest project he and his partners Chad Womack and Jason Carrier have done. The two-story bar will have a second-floor patio bar as part of the 9,200-square-foot space.

“We’re very excited; Endeavor has such an amazing vision of a city center, so to speak,” Womack said. “This is a new venture for The Dogwood, and we’re forcing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Hopefully we’ll be able to reach a new demographic.”

The Dogwood will be located at 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, and serve a full menu of higher-end Southern cuisine, such as chicken and waffle sliders and pulled pork sandwiches, Womack said. For more information visit www.thedogwooddomain.com.

Rock Rose Domain Two Hands Coffee will open Jan. 17 and serve Nicaraguan coffee, juices, craft beer and wine.[/caption]

Aamil Sarfani is opening his new business, Two Hands Coffee, on Jan. 17 at 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 118. He contacted Endeavor, which loved his new concept of paying farmers more than double the cost for their fair trade coffee.

On a visit to Nicaragua during college, Sarfani stayed with coffee farmers and learned how much they care for the environment. He decided to build a coffeehouse using a model where 40 percent of the cost of a pound of coffee goes to the farmers.

“As we grow I want my farmers to grow with us,” he said.

Two Hands will also serve fresh-squeezed juices, local craft beer and wine. Sarfani said he is sourcing food from Fricanos Deli and Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. More information is available at www.twohandscoffee.com.

Rock Rose Domain Jack & Ginger's will open in mid- to late January in the Rock Rose district. It is the first of four Rock Rose concepts to open from brothers Jeff and Darren Van Delden, who also own The Park at The Domain and Somersault Innovative Cocktails.[/caption]

Brothers Jeff and Darren Van Delden, the duo behind The Park at The Domain and Somersault Innovative Cocktails, will open the first of their four concepts, Jack & Ginger’s, in mid- to late January at 11500 Rock Rose Ave. The Irish pub will have 82 beers on tap, of which about 40 percent will be local. Jeff said the menu features a twist on Irish cuisine, such as braised rib Shepherd’s pie.

The bar is located in the vicinity of The Dogwood, Kung Fu Saloon and Lavaca Street, Jeff said.

“We feel like the tenant mix will complement each other,” he said. “It’s diverse—something for everyone.”

The duo’s other ventures include Saint Genevieve, which will open in mid- to late February. The wine bar will offer a wide selection of wines by the glass or bottle and tapas from cuisines throughout the world, he said. The other two concepts, rooftop bar 77° and dance club The Rose Room, will open later this spring, Jeff said.

“This is the first time anyone has created an entertainment district outside of downtown,” he said. “We’re honored and privileged to be a part of it.”

For more information visit www.jackandgingers.pub.

Rock Rose Domain Denver-based CorePower Yoga hosted its first classes Jan. 1.[/caption]

Other new tenants opening in January include:

CorePower Yoga, 3210 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 116: The Denver-based yoga studio hosted its first classes in The Domain on Jan. 1. CorePower offers several types of yoga classes, teacher training and other lifestyle and wellness programs. 512-599-8765. www.corepoweryoga.com/locations/texas/austin/domain

Mia Italian Tapas & Bar will open in late January at 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 120. Owner James Sun said the name comes from his youngest daughter. The menu will feature a variety of Italian tapas as well as fresh made pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas, Sun said. The interior will have a modern rustic feel with wood and brick. Sun also owns Cedro Ristorante Pizzeria in the Lakeline area. 512-215-9598. www.miatapasaustin.com

East Side King Thai-Kun: This is the first brick-and-mortar location of the food truck. www.eskaustin.com

Later in 2016 other new businesses will include Birds Barbershop (opening Feb. 29), Sway, Lavaca Street Bar, Turf N' Surf, Salvation Pizza, Weathered Coalition and Viva Day Spa (opening in March).

The Rock Rose district is located off Esperanza Crossing between Domain Drive and Alterra Parkway. Other nearby development still under construction includes the Archer Austin Hotel, which will house a second location of Second Bar + Kitchen, and Nordstrom. Other areas are slated to open later in 2016.

For more information about Rock Rose visit www.rockroseatx.com.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.