These six new restaurants are now open in Central Austin

The Meteor opened Oct. 4 on South Congress Avenue. Courtesy The Meteor
The Meteor opened Oct. 4 on South Congress Avenue. Courtesy The Meteor

The Meteor opened Oct. 4 on South Congress Avenue. Courtesy The Meteor

Sushi Junai Omakase opened in early October at 315 Congress Ave., Ste.100, Austin, in the historic Swift building. The space was previously occupied by restaurant Counter 3.Five.VII. 512-401-3822.

Salt Traders Coastal Cooking opened its second location at 1101 S. MoPac, Austin, in the Barton Oaks Plaza in late September. Chef and owner Jack Gilmore opened the fi rst location in Round Rock in 2016; he also owns the Jack Allen’s Kitchen restaurants. 737-484-0095.

Brooklyn Pizzeria and Bar opened Sept. 7 at 2026 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Henri’s Cheese & Wine Shop. The restaurant is a project of the Texas-based Brooklyn Pie Co., which has three locations in Austin. 512-358-4663.

The Meteor—a bike shop, cafe and pizza spot from Doug Zell, co-founder of Intelligentsia Coffee, and his business partner Chris St. Peters—opened Oct. 4 at 2110 S. Congress Ave., Austin. Avid cyclists Zell and St. Peters opened the first Meteor location in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2017. 512-351-9541.

Nixta Taqueria, a taco restaurant focusing on corn tortillas, opened Oct. 5 at 2512 E. 12th St., Austin. The name is derived from nixtamal, the name for corn that has been processed and made ready to be turned into masa, hominy and more. Chef Edgar Ulysses Rico and co-founder Sara Mardanbigi previously worked at the Peached Tortilla’s event space Peached Social House.

1618 Asian Fusion—a new spot from former founders and owners of 888 Pan Asian Restaurant—opened in early October at 1618 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, in the AMLI South Shore building. 512-462-9999.
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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