3 new businesses coming soon to downtown Austin

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Local Foods, based in Houston, aims to source ingredients from local farms. (Courtesy Dani Parsons)

Local Foods, based in Houston, aims to source ingredients from local farms. (Courtesy Dani Parsons)

The Cambria Hotel Austin Downtown will open in summer 2023. Located at 68 East Ave., Austin, the 14-story, 212-room hotel will include a multifunctional meeting space, a fitness center, a pool, a bar and other amenities. This is the third property for Cambria Hotels in Austin, which broke ground on the project in October. www.choicehotels.com/cambria

Houston-based restaurant Local Foods will open its first Austin location in February at 454 W. Second St., Austin. The menu will focus on ingredients from local farms, serving sandwiches, salads and sides alongside wine, beer and coffee. Local Foods’ Austin pop-up location at 5350 Burnet Road will continue to offer takeout and delivery service until the downtown restaurant opens. www.localfoodstexas.com


Wax Myrtle’s Club & Pool will open in January. The restaurant and bar will be located on the fourth floor of the new Thompson Hotel at 506 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. The menu at Wax Myrtle’s will be led by Executive Chef Nick Erven, who has previously worked for Austin restaurants Aba and Perla’s. The kitchen will serve “fresh and accessible” dishes featuring seasonal produce, local fish and sustainable cuts of meat. www.waxmyrtles.com

By Benton Graham

Metro Reporter, Austin

Benton joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter covering transportation in Central Texas in June 2021. Benton's writing has appeared in Vox, The Austin Chronicle, Austonia and Reporting Texas. Originally from Minneapolis, Benton graduated from William & Mary and eventually moved to Austin in 2018.