New and soon-to-open in East Austin: New cigar destination and more

A photo of the Cigar Vault
The Cigar Vault East, the second location for the Buda-based business, has opened on East Cesar Chavez Street. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Cigar Vault East, the second location for the Buda-based business, has opened on East Cesar Chavez Street. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are the latest businesses that have opened or are coming soon to Central East Austin.

La Cantina, a new event space from El Chile Group at 1900 Manor Road, Austin, is set to open this fall. Owner Carlos Ribero runs the restaurant group that operates El Chile along with El Alma and three El Chilito locations. Previously, the space that will become La Cantina was home to the Peruvian restaurant Yuyo Peruano. In a press release, the chief operating officer of El Chile Group said the group decided to open the new space for small, intimate events after hearing from the community about a need for small groups to get together for weddings, rehearsal dinners and holiday gatherings.

The Cigar Vault East opened at 2501 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, on Aug. 27 in the location previously occupied by Diablo Rojo Tattoo Shop. The new business is a cigar shop and tobacco lounge with a bring-your-own-beer sports lounge. Membership benefits are available for cigar aficionados. This is the second location for The Cigar Vault, after its original shop in Buda. 512-861-5400.

Austin Covid Labs opened in August at 4818 Berkman Drive, Austin. The testing center for COVID-19 offers molecular nasal swab tests as well as antibody blood testing. Antibody tests are processed in about 10 minutes, rapid nasal swab tests are processed in 13 minutes and PCR tests are delivered in 24-48 hours. Those wishing to be tested can select a date and time on the website. 512-640-6990.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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