Outdoor art gallery opens alongside local restaurants, bars in Rock Rose

The Rock Rose district in The Domain features locally owned bars, restaurants and service businesses.

The Rock Rose district in The Domain features locally owned bars, restaurants and service businesses.

The first businesses in the new Rock Rose district of Domain Northside opened in early January, and several others are coming soon.

The Rock Rose district is located within Phase 3 of The Domain, dubbed Domain Northside, near Esperanza Crossing and Domain Drive. Other development in Phase 3 will include the new Archer Hotel Austin opening this summer and Nordstrom, slated to open in the fall.

Rock Rose features locally owned restaurants, bars and service-oriented businesses. Those already open include Tarka Indian Kitchen, Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, The Dogwood, Two Hands Coffee and Mia Italian Tapas & Bar.

The brick-and-mortar location of East Side King’s Thai Kun opened Feb. 22 at 11601 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 100. The restaurant features street-food-style Thai cuisine with options such as chive cake, boat noodles and Issan sausage, which is a fermented sausage with cabbage, ginger and Thai chili. The concept was created by chefs Paul Qui, Thai Changthong and Moto Utsunomiya.

Birds Barbershop will open its eighth location Feb. 29 at 11420 Rock Rose Ave. Featuring a putt-putt-meets-country-club theme, the location is adorned with artificial grass on the exterior wall, a croquet-set themed reception desk and pink flamingo wallpaper.

“Like every Birds, Rock Rose is unique to its location,” Birds co-Founder Michael Portman said in a news release. “Endeavor let us go for it, and the result feels like Central Austin, just farther north. I’m not sure we could have gotten away with an AstroTurf storefront anywhere else.”

St. Genevieve—an upscale wine bar featuring small plates from cuisine throughout the world—will open in early March next door to Jack & Ginger’s. Both concepts are from Union Venture Group, which also will open rooftop bar 77° and dance club The Rose Room both in the spring.

Upcoming grand openings include Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at The Dogwood, 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, and Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at Two Hands Coffee, 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 118.

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Local art

Also featured throughout the Rock Rose district is local artwork in a temporary outdoor art exhibit called the HOPE Outdoor Gallery from local nonprofit HOPE Events. The mural installation represents a partnership with developer Endeavor Real Estate Group to support the launch of the HOPE Art Council.

“HOPE is thrilled to highlight these artists on Rock Rose and bring awareness to our HOPE Art Council and the relocation needs of the HOPE Outdoor Gallery,” said Andi Scull Cheatham, founder and executive producer of HOPE, in a news release. “It’s a great collaboration of local business, local culture and local talent.”

Featured artwork through April is by artists Rei Alvarez, Samson “BOZA” Barboza, Briks, Bobby Dixon, Jason Eartherly, Josh Row and graffiti artist SlokeOne.

“We want to make sure we not only support the community but that everything we do is philanthropic as well,” said Julie Sutton, The Domain director of marketing for Endeavor.

Additional artists work will be displayed April through June. For more information visit www.rockroseatx.com or www.hopecampaign.org.
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.