The Tipsy Alchemist, 33 Tigers, the Otis Hotel and AC Hotel among businesses now open in downtown Austin or West Campus

Courtesy The Tipsy Alchemist
Courtesy The Tipsy Alchemist

Courtesy The Tipsy Alchemist

Now Open

1. The Ocean Lab, a float tank and infrared sauna studio, held a grand opening Jan. 31 at 3314 Harmon Ave., Austin. The local business offers a variety of membership levels as well as individual services. 512-872-2887.

2. The Otis Hotel and AC Hotel Austin opened Feb. 20 at 1901 San Antonio St., Austin, along with restaurants Acre 41, Burger Bar and Bar AC and rooftop bar Otopia. Together, the hotels provide 347 rooms and 7,100 square feet of meeting space. 512-473-8900.

3. Velvet Taco opened its second Austin location on Feb. 24 at 522 Congress Ave., Ste. 100. The Dallas-based taco chain has 14 locations in four states, including an existing spot at the Domain. 512-298-5223.

4. Punch Bowl Social opened Dec. 14 at 522 Congress Ave., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Brooks Brothers. The Denver-based restaurant and entertainment chain with pingpong, darts, an arcade and karaoke also has an Austin location at the Domain. 512-549-8937.

5. Taquero Mucho, a taqueria from the team behind Gabriela’s Downtown, opened Jan. 28 at 508 West Ave., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Frank and Angie’s. 512-520-5646.

6. 33 Tigers, a permanent location of the local dinner club series by the same name, opened Feb. 14 at 421 E. Sixth St., Ste. C, Austin. The venue hosts weekly multicourse BYOB dinner parties, specializing in Indian-Texas cuisine.

7. Dallas-based cocktail bar The Tipsy Alchemist opened its second location Jan. 23 on the second floor of 70 Rainey, a highrise residential development at 70 Rainey St., Austin.

Coming Soon

8. Thrive Craft House
will open this spring at 519 W. 37th St., Austin. The new venture from Bobby Delmonico, Matt Kellams and Sean Moore serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine and a selection of more than 40 craft beers. 512-502-5346.

9. The Linden, a condominium tower with 117 units, is under development at 313 W. 17th St., Austin. Architecture firm Rhode Partners is handling the building and interior design, and Den Property Group will head the sales and marketing. The developers did not announce a timeline for opening.

10. Cielo Property Group announced Jan. 15 its purchase of the property at 411 Brazos St., Austin, but no specific development plans. The property is currently the site of the Brazos Loft Condominiums. Cielo said in a media release it could eventually build up to 885,200 square feet on the 0.8-acre site. 512-600-7900.


11. Velocity Credit Union will relocate its downtown branch to the corner of East 12th and Sabine streets from its previous location at 610 E. 11th St., Austin. The site of the current bank branch is set to become a mixed-use office, residential and hotel project, which will also include a new office for the Austin Symphony Orchestra. The new branch is set to open between July and September, according to a release. 512-469-7000.


12. Mr. Gatti’s Pizza closed its location at 3711 Guadalupe St., Austin, on Dec. 30. The site is available for lease, according to a listing by local real estate firm Weitzman. Founded as The Pizza Place in Stephenville, Texas, in 1964, the restaurant moved to Austin in 1969 and was renamed Mr. Gatti’s in a tribute to owner James Eure’s wife’s maiden name. There are more than 70 locations across the southeastern United States.

13. The Bonneville, a new American restaurant at 202 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, closed Jan. 18 after seven years in business. Owned by husband-and-wife chefs and owners Jennifer Costello and Chris Hurley, the local business posted on its Facebook page that a new restaurant will take over its space. 512-428-4643.

14. She’s Not Here, a Pacific Asian cocktail bar and restaurant at 440 W. Second St., Austin, closed in February. It opened in August 2018 under the ownership of Ben Cachila and Chris Romera, who previously worked at Uchi and Uchiko. Recently, a new chef named Laura Bayer took over. 512-888-1970.

Editor's Note: The amount of meeting space at the Otis Hotel and AC Hotel was updated to correctly reflect the area of 7,100 square feet.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at


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