Wolf and Wheat
A new dessert shop helmed by chefs with Michelin-star experience opened in East Austin this fall. The shop's star items include the Makrut Ice Cream Bon Bons, a dessert made with makrut lime ice cream base, rice flour shortbread coated in white chocolate and sesame seeds; and Margarita’s Sourdough, which is made using a 58-year-old starter. The menu also includes several rotating items, including buckwheat brownies, oolong tiramisu, Mexican marigold ice cream sandwiches and raspberry tres leches. Wolf and Wheat is owned by husband-and-wife duo Margarita Kallas-Lee and Phillip Frankland Lee.
- Opened Oct. 26
- 1009 E. Sixth St., Austin
- Instagram: wolfandwheatatx
Founded by local Jonathan Chaka Mahone, Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action opened DAWA HQ to empower Austin’s BIPOC community and culture. Stocked with production and audio/video equipment, the 1,100-square-foot, mixed-use venue can be used for live events, podcasting, workshops and more, with free studio access Mondays and Tuesdays.
- Opened Nov. 9
- 916 Springdale Road, Austin
The South Texas-style taco truck opened by InterStellar BBQ owner John Bates opened in early September at the new Northeast Austin location of Austin Beerworks. Menu items include tacos with brisket and longaniza, bean and cheese, or smoked chicken; quesadillas; chips and queso; and more.
- Opened early September
- 10300 Springdale Road, Austin
- Instagram: yellowbelltacos
Not a Damn Chance Burger opened its first brick-and-mortar location in December. NADC Burger serves one classic burger, which includes a ⅓-pound of seasoned Texas wagyu beef, American cheese, pickles, onions and secret sauce. Guests can order fries how they come—fried in wagyu fat—or “beast mode,” a loaded option with cheese, pickles, jalapenos, special sauce and seasoning. The eatery is owned by chef Phillip Frankland Lee and professional skateboarder Neen Williams.
- Opened Dec. 4
- 1007 E. Sixth St., Austin
- Instagram: nadcburger
Local restaurateurs Travis Tober and Nic Yanes opened Murray's Tavern in the former Gourmands Neighborhood Pub spot in East Austin in early December. Featuring a rotating menu with a selection of miniature cocktails and nightcaps, Murray’s Tavern offers dishes that include pancetta and corn chowder served in a bread bowl; oysters Rockefeller; and more. Some of Tober's other projects include Old Pal Texas Tavern in Lockhart and Nickel City in East Austin. Yanes also directs the culinary selections at Juniper, The Dirdie Birdie and Uncle Nicky's—which recently closed in East Austin to move to a new South Austin spot.
- Opening Dec. 11
- 2316 Webberville Road, Austin
A new bagel shop touting high-quality sandwiches and late-night service opened in October in East Austin. Muzzy’s menu features five signature sandwiches as well as plain, everything, rosemary and jalapeno bagels; cream cheese accompaniment flavors include traditional, herb, jalapeno and vegan ricotta cheese. Muzzy’s Bagels is owned by Matthew Mussenden and Jimmy Ramirez. The shop’s namesake comes from Musseden’s college nickname.
- Opened Oct. 14
- 2909 E. 12th St., Austin
Primrose School of Austin at Mueller
Primrose School of Austin at Mueller, which provides early childhood education, started construction to expand its current space inside Texas Mutual’s corporate building. The expansion will bring the space from 8,000 square feet to about 20,000 square feet and will add 12 new classrooms. The additional space will increase the capacity from 134 students to 283 students. Completion is set for spring.
- Started Sept. 29
- 2200 Aldrich St., Ste. 130, Austin
Cycleast owner and founder Russell Pickavance announced on social media the bike shop, which specialized in repairs, restorations and custom creations, stopped taking walk-in repairs in late November and closed its doors in early December.
- Closed early December
- 1619 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin