San Antonio-based tamale shop gets first Austin location, a second restaurant for Lou's and more South Austin business news

Photo of a mural with the words "Delicious Tamales"
Delicious Tamales is set to open its first Austin location in November. (Courtesy Delicious Tamales)

Delicious Tamales is set to open its first Austin location in November. (Courtesy Delicious Tamales)

1. San Antonio-based restaurant Delicious Tamales will open its first Austin location in November at 1931 E. Oltorf St., Austin. Owned by mother-daughter duo Valerie Gonzalez and Herlinda Lopez, the restaurant estimates it will open Nov. 18 for advance orders and takeout service. Delicious Tamales offers hot or cold tamales, including pork, bean, cheese, chicken and vegetarian options.

2. The Japanese grocery store Asahi Imports will open a second location at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. B 105B, Austin. The store, owned and operated by Sally Matsumae, has one location at 6105 Burnet Road, Austin. The store offers a selection of Japanese grocery items, including snacks and household goods. Asahi Imports originally planned for an October opening, but that date has been delayed while the store experiences shipping delays.

3. Surf and skate shop Electric Surf Co. plans to hold its grand opening in early December at 2300 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The store will specialize in electrically powered boards, such as Onewheels, eskates, eFoils and electric paddleboards. Rentals and board servicing will also be offered. 512-501-3688.

4. East Austin restaurant Lou's will open a second location in the former location of Ski Shores Cafe, 1608 Barton Springs Road, Austin, in 2022. McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality confirmed the news Nov. 9 after assuming ownership of both Ski Shores Cafe locations, which are temporarily closed. MML said the Lake Austin location at 2905 Pearce Road will also reopen in 2022. Lou's serves burgers, fries, rotisserie meats and veggies, cocktails and more.

5. Local nonprofit PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability) celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall. The organization works with students enrolled in Austin ISD and other area schools to instill outdoor education and teach how food is grown. According to PEAS, more than 11,000 students have enrolled in the nonprofit’s programs over the past decade, including participation in project-based learning at the PEAS Community Farm & Urban Orchard, located at 2200 Berkeley Ave., Austin. 512-348-8743.

6. The creators of Ramen Tatsu-ya, brothers Tatsu and Shion Aikawa, opened Tiki Tatsu-Ya on Oct. 4. The bar offers tiki-style cocktails and small bites, both with a Japanese influence. The bar, located at 1300 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, is designed to feel like a tropical jungle.
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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