Caribbean restaurant Canje opens its doors, plus more new businesses in Central Austin

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Canje opened in East Austin Oct. 4. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group)

Canje opened in East Austin Oct. 4. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group)

1. Canje, a restaurant serving Caribbean food, opened Oct. 5 at 1914 E. 6th St., Ste. C, Austin. It is the latest culinary concept from Emmer & Rye Hospitality Group, which also operates several other popular Austin restaurants, including Emmer & Rye, Henbit, Hestia, Kailmotxo and TLV. Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph leads Canje's kitchen with a menu featuring cuisine from his native Guyana and various Caribbean islands. https://canjeatx.com

2. BlackDenim Records, a new indie record label, announced its launch out of Austin on Aug. 31. The label is planning a citywide showcase next year that will also serve as a competition offering a $100,000 recording contract and publishing deal to one Austinite. www.blackdenimrecords.com


3. True Rest Float Spa opened July 15 at 2919 Menchaca Road, Ste. 105A, Austin. Tanner Heim, who co-owns the spa with Liz Wolf, said people can experience “the absence of everything” while floating in water and Epsom salt. Next door in Suite 104A, Heim and Wolf will open an independent yoga-focused spa called Lizard Yoga in mid-October. 512-954-7118. www.truerest.com

4. The Verde Store, Austin FC’s official retailer for club merchandise, held its grand opening Sept. 18 at 506 Congress Ave., Austin. Fans of Austin’s professional soccer team can purchase jerseys, apparel and Austin FC-themed Yeti products at the store. www.austinfc.com
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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