Take a look at six restaurants coming soon to Central Austin

Velvet Taco will be opening a new location in downtown Austin in early 2020. Courtesy Velvet Taco
Velvet Taco will be opening a new location in downtown Austin in early 2020. Courtesy Velvet Taco

Velvet Taco will be opening a new location in downtown Austin in early 2020. Courtesy Velvet Taco

Donuts Please, a gourmet donut shop, will open in spring 2020 at 1601 W. 38th St., Ste. 9, Austin. The business is owned by husband-and-wife team Angel and Arianna Salinas, who have experience in the luxury hospitality industry. www.facebook.com/donutsplease

Qi Austin, a modern Asian kitchen, will open Jan. 25 at 835 W. Sixth St., Ste. 114, Austin. Chef Ling Qi Wu opened dim sum restaurant Lin Asian Bar in May 2018 and worked previously for La Traviata Italian Restaurant and Wu Chow. www.qiaustin.com

Dallas-based Velvet Taco will open early next year at 522 Congress Ave., Ste, 100, Austin. The restaurant, which also has a location at the Domain, offers unorthodox taco options, such as tikka chicken and raw tuna. www.velvettaco.com

Sweetgreen, a fast-casual chain serving salads and grain bowls, will open a location at 1007 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in early 2020. Founded in 2007 in Washington, D.C., the company focuses on seasonal and healthy meals. www.sweetgreen.com

OMG Squee, a gluten-free, small-batch bakery from owner Sarah Lim, will open a brick-and-mortar location at 4607 Bolm Road, Austin. The local business specializes in super kawaii, or cute, baked goods, including macarons and jiggly cheesecake, which it sells at the Mueller Farmers Market. An opening date has not yet been announced. www.omgsquee.club

Little Deli & Pizzeria, which serves deli sandwiches and New Jersey-style pizza, will open a second location at 1804 Briarcliff Blvd., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Cuban Sandwich Cafe. Little Deli first opened in 1992 in the Crestview neighborhood; no date was provided for the opening. 512-467-7402. www.littledeliandpizza.com
By Jack Flagler

Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.


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