Here is the lates on businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding in North Central Austin.

Now open

1. The Language House opened Jan. 1 at 4411 Avenue B, Austin. Virginia Talley founded the language school, which offers small-group Spanish conversation classes; one-on-one lessons and tutoring; and bimonthly, free Spanish conversation gatherings. Talley has a Ph.D. in Spanish and 19 years of teaching experience. 512-297-9594.

2. Blenders & Bowls, an acai cafe that got its start as a food truck, opened its fifth brick-and-mortar location Feb. 13 at 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 110, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Jugo. The cafe was founded in 2010 by local owners Kara Jordan and Erin Thompson. 512-551-3449.

Coming Soon

3. Kitchen United Mix will open at 8023 Burnet Road, Austin, in April. The Pasadena-based business helps build kitchen commissaries for restaurants looking to expand their delivery and takeout options. It has locations in Los Angeles, Scottsdale and Chicago.

4. Rise, a souffle bistro with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, will open a third location later this year at the Grove, the forthcoming mixed-use development at the intersection of 45th Street and Bull Creek Road. Owner Hedda Gioia Dowd, the daughter of a French mother, partnered with Executive Chef Cherif Brahmi, who was born in Lyon, France, on the business.


5. Pathway to Fitness opened Jan. 2 at its new location, 5207 Eilers Ave., Austin, after moving from 4009 Medical Parkway. Owner Michelle Persica began looking for a new spot when the building of the previous location was put up for sale. The by-appointment fitness center offers personal training, massage therapy and other services. Persica plans to introduce yoga, boot camps and more in the next few months. 512-970-3392.

6. Britt Design Group, a design firm that has led projects such as the new KLRU building at the 6. Austin Community College campus and the Indeed tower downtown, moved to a new office Feb. 6 at 1210 W. 49th St., Ste. 100, Austin. Started in 2001 by Laura Britt, the company is the first to move into a new 17,000-square-foot office park. 512-458-8963.


7. Sala & Betty, a new American restaurant serving “slow fast food” at 5201 Airport Blvd., Austin, celebrated its fifth anniversary Feb. 23. Owner Teresa Wilson named the restaurant for the childhood names she and her sister called each other. 512-645-0214.

8. Bun Belly, a Vietnamese restaurant at 5001 Airport Blvd., Austin, will celebrate its fifth anniversary in March. Its menu focuses on steamed buns and spring rolls. 512-358-4101.

In the news

9. Local Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s, which has a location at 8820 Burnet Road, Austin, filed for bankruptcy in Texas court Jan. 22. Court filings show Trudy’s owed more than $267,000 to its employees in unpaid wages as of the payroll due Jan. 15. The court granted Trudy’s motion to pay its employees for money they earned through January. The original Trudy's Texas Star, founded in 1977 on West 30th Street, closed after a fire last fall, while the north location remains open. 512- 454-1474.


10. Téo Gelato closed its brick-andmortar location in February at 1206 W. 38th St., Austin. In a media release, founder Matthew Lee said a rent increase led him to focus on expanding his wholesale and grocery store business. Téo Gelato is offered at 120 H-E-B and Central Market locations in Texas, with plans to expand to more grocery stores nationwide. 512-451-9555.