Island Time Grill, Bandit Coffee and more businesses come to downtown and The Drag

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Island Thyme Grill is new to Guadalupe Street. (Courtesy Island Thyme Grill)

Island Thyme Grill is new to Guadalupe Street. (Courtesy Island Thyme Grill)

The latest business news from downtown Austin and West Campus includes a new coffee shop, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant on the Drag and a Chinese restaurant on West Sixth.

1. Bandit Coffee & Matcha Bar opened Oct. 7 at 706 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, according to an announcement on the store’s social media channels. The downtown Austin coffeehouse is the second location for Bandit Coffee, joining a New York City location. 512-590-7777.

2. Austin-based architecture and design firm Clayton & Little is now Clayton Korte. Emily Little founded the firm in 1983, and in 2005 it was acquired by Paul Clayton. Today, the firm at 2201 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, is led by partners Clayton, Brian Korte, Sam Manning and Nathan Quiring. The firm also opened a San Antonio office in 2015. 512-477-1727.

3. Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin announced Sept. 24 the launch of a new digestive care clinic, Digestive Health, at 1601 Trinity St., Building A., Ste. 9.901S, Austin. The new clinic will be led by Dr. Deepak Agrawal, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, and Dr. F. Paul "Tripp" Buckley, an associate professor at Dell Med's Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. The clinic offers digestive health services including surgery, nutrition and clinical social work. 844-442-8784.

4. Island Thyme Grill opened Oct. 7 at 2915 Guadalupe St., Ste. A, Austin in the space previously occupied by Halal Guys, which closed in 2018. The restaurant owned by brothers Michael and Patrick Butigian offers Caribbean-inspired fast-casual dishes including build-your-own rice bowls, salad bowls and wraps. 737-205-5986.

5. The Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas, 300 W. Dean Keeton St., Austin, announced Oct. 27 it has established the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research. The center was funded by a $20 million grant from Blank, the co-founder of the Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC. The research, training and treatment center will be led by Dr. Courtney Byrd, a professor in the department of speech language and hearing sciences at UT. 512-471-5775.

6. Phoenician Resto Cafe has relocated 2909 Guadalupe St., Austin under Kabobzi Mediterranean Grill, according to the business’ website. The Halal restaurant was previously located at 84 S. I-35 Frontage Road, Austin. 512-712-5904.

7. Qi Modern Asian Kitchen opened Oct. 22 for in-person walk-in and reservations as well as takeout service at 835 W. Sixth St., Unit 114, Austin. The new restaurant comes from Chef Ling Qi Wu, a native of Fuzhou, China, who opened Lin Asian Bar in downtown Austin in 2018. Qi is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend dim sum brunch. 512-474-2777.

Editor's note: The opening date for Island Thyme Grill was corrected on Nov. 17. Island Thyme opened Oct. 7, not Oct. 4.
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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