3 food spots now open in Central Austin

Asahi Imports groceries
Asahi Imports opened a second location in South Austin on Dec. 13. (Courtesy Jessica Attie)

Asahi Imports opened a second location in South Austin on Dec. 13. (Courtesy Jessica Attie)

1. Japanese grocery store Asahi Imports opened a second location at 3005 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. B-105B, Austin, on Dec. 13. The store carries more than 30,000 Japanese grocery products, including handmade onigiri rice balls, daily bento offerings, and a variety of fresh and prepared food. The original location for Asahi Imports, located at 6105 Burnet Road, was launched by owner Sally Matsumae’s grandmother. www.asahiimports.com

2. Smash ATX opened Oct. 6 in the former location of Spin. Like its predecessor at 213 W. Fifth St., Austin, Smash ATX is a bar and restaurant featuring ping-pong tables. Smash ATX’s menu focuses on comfort food, and it has a full bar, including signature cocktails. 737-263-0555. www.smashatx.com


3. Fast-casual restaurant Pollo Campero opened its first Austin location Nov. 18 at 8023 N. Burnet Road, Austin. The restaurant is operating out of commercial kitchen Kitchen United Mix. Pollo Campero originated in Guatemala and serves fried and grilled chicken meals as well as yuca fries, empanadas and other Central American dishes. Food is available for pickup and delivery only. www.us.compero.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.