New Hopdoddy location, coconut milk ice cream and more East Austin business news

Gati, a new coconut milk ice cream shop run by Thai Fresh owner Jam Santichat, is now open in East Austin. (Courtesy Jam Santichat)
Gati, a new coconut milk ice cream shop run by Thai Fresh owner Jam Santichat, is now open in East Austin. (Courtesy Jam Santichat)

Gati, a new coconut milk ice cream shop run by Thai Fresh owner Jam Santichat, is now open in East Austin. (Courtesy Jam Santichat)

The following businesses have opened in recent weeks or have announced plans to open soon.

1. Austin Pets Alive Thrift will open a new location at 1304 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, in early November. Retail Operations Manager Derrick Ernst said the location will be a “boutique-style” store. Austin Pets Alive! Thrift sells new and gently used clothing, with sales benefiting the animals and programs of the Austin Pets Alive! animal shelter. Additional locations can be found on Burnet Road, 51st Street and West Oltorf Street. 808-344-6812.

2. De Nada Tacos is scheduled to open by December at 4715 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. The new taco restaurant comes from 2 Dine 4 Hospitality—the catering, events and restaurant company that also operates nearby East Austin spots Sawyer & Co. on Cesar Chavez, along with Happy Foods, which opened in July on Gonzales Street.

3. Gati, a new nondairy ice cream and coffee spot from Thai Fresh owner Jam Santichat, opened Oct. 12 at 1512 Holly St., Austin. The idea started when Santichat ordered too many mangoes at the South Austin restaurant and put mango coconut-milk ice cream on the menu. "Gati" means "coconut milk" in Thai. 512-222-1077.

4. Hopdoddy Burger Bar opened in the Plaza Saltillo development at 1011 E. Fifth St., Ste. 180, Austin, on Oct. 22. The Austin-based burger chain is also celebrating its 10th anniversary after opening its first location on South Congress Avenue in 2010. It has since expanded to 22 locations in Texas, along with restaurants in Arizona, California, Colorado and Tennessee.

5. Poke Austin opened at 1211 E. Fifth St., Unit 110, Austin, in the Plaza Saltillo development, in early October. This is the second location for the poke spot, and the original, in Sunset Valley, remains open. The second location was originally set to open early in 2020. "It's been a long year since we started this project and it's finally time for us to open," owner Trent Schneiter wrote in an email.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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