Five new restaurants head to East Austin

Photo of a table of pizza
Swift Pizza Co., also known as Swifty's, opened in East Austin in April. (Courtesy Swift Pizza Co.)

Swift Pizza Co., also known as Swifty's, opened in East Austin in April. (Courtesy Swift Pizza Co.)



1. Birdie's, a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar, is set to open in June at 2944 E. 12th St., Unit A, Austin. Birdie's is owned by married couple Arjav Ezekiel and Tracy Malechek-Ezekiel, who have experience in the New York City restaurant scene at locations including Gramercy Tavern and Untitled at the Whitney Museum. www.birdiesaustin.com

2. Bobo's Snack Bar opened in late April at 3850 Airport Blvd., Austin. The new spot from owners Bethany Andrée and Karl Gilkey serves all its snacks, spirits, wine and beer from Central Texas producers. Andrée and Gilkey previously ran Snack Bar on South Congress Avenue before it closed in 2016. They signed a lease for the new spot in 2018, and over the course of years preparing to open, Andrée said they did most of the work themselves. 512-657-2594. www.bobossnackbar.com

3. Bastrop restaurant and bar Ma'Coco plans to open an Austin location at 501 Comal St., Austin, by mid-June. The restaurant’s menu, according to owner Javier Equihua, features the culinary traditions of Baja California and San Diego including carne asada fries, ceviche and fish tacos. 619-674-6650. www.facebook.com/macococina

4. Sunny's Backyard, a pub and patio serving a plant-based menu, opened May 20 at 3526 E. 7th St., Austin. It initially opened as a food truck earlier this year while owners Charrissa and Merritt Vaughn awaited licensing for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission licensing to come through. The menu features vegan variations on bulgogi tacos, loaded fries, hot dogs, burgers and more. www.sunnysbackyardatx.com


5. Swift Pizza Co. opened April 14 at 3223 E. Seventh St., Austin. The neighborhood pizzeria and family restaurant is owned by Kris Swift and Adam Jacoby, who also own Jacoby's Restaurant & Mercantile and Grizzelda's in East Austin. Swift, who designed the interior space, said the new restaurant is inspired by the couple's twin boys. 512-422-9776. www.swiftpizzaco.com
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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