11 restaurants that recently opened in Central Austin

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1. Happy Chicks, a chicken tenders restaurant, opened its third location Dec. 9 at 6425 Burnet Road, Austin. The local chain is owned by ATX Brands, which also owns downtown bar J. Stephens and sports bar BBGs. 512-467-4209. www.happychicks.com

2. Rice Ball Co. opened in the Crescent development at 6929 Airport Blvd., Austin, as of December. The restaurant serves onigiri, a Japanese food made with white rice often wrapped in seaweed and filled with fish, vegetables or other proteins. 512-433-6872. https://rice-ball-co.business.site

3. Honest Mary’s, a healthy fast-casual eatery serving grain bowls, opened its second location at 4800 Burnet Road, Ste. C300, Austin, on Jan. 21. Husbandand-wife owners Nelson and Mary Monteith opened their first location in Great Hills in 2017. www.honestmarys.com

4. Little Deli & Pizzeria, a local business specializing in New Jersey-style pizza, opened its second location in midDecember at 1804 Briarcliff Road, Austin, in the Windsor Park neighborhood. 512-220-8346. www.littledeliandpizza.com

5. Local diner Counter Cafe opened its third location in early January at 603 W. 29th St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Conans Pizza. The restaurant also has locations on East Sixth Street and North Lamar Boulevard. 512-383-5451. www.countercafe.com


6. TenTen, a Japanese restaurant focusing on sushi; sashimi; and robata, or fireside cooking, opened in the refurbished Miller Blueprint building at 501 W. Sixth St., Austin, on Jan. 13. Executive chefs Jonathan Oh and Yasuo Fujimori partnered with Nova Hospitality; the Zuma/Roka Restaurant Group; and local restaurateurs Pat and Sara Lee, of PhoNatic Real Vietnamese Food on West Anderson Lane, on the project. 512-767-6052. www.tentenaustin.com

7. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana opened its second Austin location Dec. 17 at 301 Lavaca St., Ste. 200. The Nashville-based pizza shop opened its first area location on Burnet Road in 2016. 512-256-2426. www.desanopizza.com

8. Luxury hotel Austin Proper opened Dec. 16 at 600 W. Second St. along with its restaurant, The Peacock, and bar, Goldie’s, both of which are helmed by local firm McGuire Moorman Hospitality. The 244-suite hotel features interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler. The residential portion of the building, which includes 99 residences, opened in January. 512-628-1500. www.properhotel.com

9. Gelato Paradiso, which has four locations in Southern California, opened its first Texas location Dec. 27 at 1400 S. Congress Ave., Ste. B160, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Francisco’s Salon. 512-580-0094. www.gelatoparadiso.com

10. Mezze Cafe, a halal Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge, opened Dec. 16 at 504 W. Oltorf St., Austin. 512-580-1300. www.facebook.com/mezzecafeandgril

11. Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery opened its 10th Austin location Jan. 9 at 1700 E. Oltorf St., Ste. 110, Austin. The locally based cookie delivery company began when Tiffany Taylor stood up fellow University of Texas at Austin student Leon Chen for a date. To apologize she sent him warm homemade cookies, an idea he thought would be a good business. 512-820-0900. www.cookiedelivery.com


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