11 restaurants that recently opened in Central Austin

Courtesy TenTen
Courtesy TenTen

Courtesy TenTen

Image description
Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper
Image description
Emma Freer/Community Impact Newspaper
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

Jack Flagler


A photo of a finger-prick test being administered
Victory Medical now offers 10-minute coronavirus tests

The new finger-prick test gives results in a few minutes.

(Designed by Mel Stefka/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin-area health care centers receive more than $7 million from CARES Act

Three Austin-area nonprofit health care centers have been awarded federal grants totaling more than $7 million for coronavirus relief.

At an April 8 press conference, Dr. Mark Escott, the Austin Public Health interim health authority, said emergency backup medical facilities will open soon in case local hospitals are not able to provide enough space for coronavirus patients. (Courtesy ATXN)
Austin, Travis County officials planning for up to 1.7 million coronavirus cases, 9,000 deaths in metro

Emergency backup medical facilities will open in case local hospitals are not able to provide enough space for patients who contract the coronavirus.

Many of the city's outdoor amenities, such as Barton Springs Pool, have already been shut down. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin mayor considering shutting down parks and trails to further social distancing measures

The city's parks and trails will already be shut down through the holiday weekend.

Austin Community College classes will be held online this summer. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Austin Community College to move scheduled summer courses online

The announcement comes one week after the district announced it would close its campuses through at least May 31.

Nearly half of Central Texas residents have completed the 2020 census as of April 6, U.S. Census Bureau data shows. (Graphic by Community Impact staff)
Nearly half of Central Texas residents have completed the census so far

The census is available in 13 languages online and over the phone, and the print version is available in 59 languages.

Austin's and Travis County's orders went into place March 25 and require residents to stay home for everything but essential travel. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin looks to lease 3 hotels in $3.6 million coronavirus shelter plan

The hotels are being used for coronavirus patients and members of vulnerable communities who cannot safely isolate on their own.

Projections from University of Texas researchers say continued social distancing is working. (Screenshot courtesy University of Texas at Austin)
UPDATED: UT projections say continued social distancing is working

Coronavirus demand projections released by The University of Texas at Austin on April 6 show that cases in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area could vary from 6,000 to 1.7 million based on the effectiveness of social distancing.

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
5 coronavirus stories Austin-area readers might have missed

Readers might have missed the following five coronavirus-related stories.

(Graphic by Mel Stefka/Community Impact Newspaper)
Animal adoption, foster numbers up as Austin community comes together to support shelters

Austin animal shelters reported increases in animal foster applications, adoptions and intakes.

Passover, a major observance for members of the Jewish community, begins April 8. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many services are being held online. (Courtesy Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston)
Austin’s Jewish community prepares for Passover observance under quarantine

Synagogues and Jewish organizations in Austin have pivoted to offer online Passover Seders to families in lock down ahead.

Austin and Travis County adopted new guidelines, recommending local residents wear face masks or fabric covering when out in public. (Christopher Neely/Community impact Newspaper)
Austin health officials are tracking 8 clusters of confirmed coronavirus cases

The clusters are groups of coronavirus cases health officials know are related to one another.