Roundup: Ross’ Old Austin Cafe reopens as Luisa’s Patio and other Northwest Austin restaurant news

Reach for the Sky Bakeshop
North Austin-based G&N Creations recently rebranded as Reach for the Sky Bakeshop. (Courtesy Reach for the Sky Bakeshop)

North Austin-based G&N Creations recently rebranded as Reach for the Sky Bakeshop. (Courtesy Reach for the Sky Bakeshop)


Convenience store and eatery Mi Pueblito in mid-August opened at 8237 Research Blvd., Austin. The restaurant inside Mi Pueblito serves classic Mexican fare, such as gorditas, tortas and tacos with handmade tortillas.

Texas barbecue and Vietnamese fusion restaurant Smokin’ Beauty opened Aug. 28 at 11806 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The eatery offers a unique menu with items such as brisket and pork belly banh mi. Smokin’ Beauty has a patio currently open on weekends with a drive-thru window for weekday service. 512-436-9379.


Health and wellness store Pressed Juicery is opening a location in The Domain at 11401 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste. 103, Austin, according to the company’s website. Pressed Juicery sells juice made from freshly pressed fruits and vegetables, as well as frozen yogurt, acai bowls and overnight oats. 512-900-8604.


Circle Brewing Co., located at 2340 W. Braker Lane, Unit B, Austin, broke ground Aug. 24 on a new 13,000-square-foot brewery and taproom in Elgin. The new location will sit on a 22-acre site that Circle Brewing will use to grow its own beer ingredients, including wheat, barley and hops. Brewer and co-founder Ben Sabel said the North Austin taproom will remain open after the Elgin brewery opens to the public in the summer of 2021.


On June 20, local bakery G&N Creations officially rebranded to Reach for the Sky Bakeshop. The business, which was started by Gabriel and Nancy Herrera and is operated out of their North Austin home, bakes unique cupcakes, custom cakes and other baked goods, including keto and gluten-free options, all made from scratch. The bakery offers delivery throughout the Greater Austin area.

North Austin staple Ross’ Old Austin Cafe officially reopened in mid-August as Luisa’s Patio, located at 11800 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. Luisa’s Patio sells traditional Mexican dishes, such as street tacos, sopes and enchiladas, and serves Latin American-inspired alcoholic drinks. The restaurant has also kept on cooks from Ross’ Old Austin Cafe and offers dishes from the former restaurant’s menu, such as the famous chicken fried steak. 512-835-2414.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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