Check out the latest business updates on nine downtown Austin establishments.

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Chef Endo Yasuhiro, Taika Wakayama and Darrell Oribello have debuted a new sushi omakase restaurant, a Japanese dining tradition where the chef selects and bases the day's menu on the freshest ingredients. Endo offers a 20-course omakase with options for wine, sake and Japanese whisky pairings; the restaurant features a 10-seat sushi bar, and reservations are required.Mexta

Nestled inside the historic Littlefield Building, Mexta uses contemporary cooking techniques to create traditional Mexican dishes, such as tetela Oaxaca, shrimp aguachile and more, along with curated cocktails, such as the Mole Old Fashioned and the Palomazo.Sushi Roku

The California-based upscale sushi restaurant opened its first Austin location. The menu features an extensive sashimi list, rolls and entrees, such as the grilled salmon with teriyaki glaze. Some menu items are also Austin-specific, such as the Waterloo Ichi Roll made with tuna, yellowtail and snow crab.Jo’s Coffee

The Austin-based chain opened at The Waller, a new residential building. The menu includes breakfast and lunch tacos with meat and vegan options, signature Jo’s coffee drinks, craft beers and mimosas.Last Call Tacos

Austinites Ben Platzer and Spencer Smith have collectively spent more than 30 years in the service industry and set out to fill a void in the food scene—a late night food spot. Last Call Tacos food truck is located behind Back Lot bar and serves tacos and quesadillas with barbacoa, carnitas, al pastor, chicken fajitas and a veggie option.Coming soon

Downright Austin

Part of the Marriott Bonvoy family of hotels, Downright Austin will bring 367 guest rooms, including five suites, to the Red River District. Along with indoor and outdoor event space, officials of the 31,000-square-foot hotel will open two dining and cocktail concepts to the hotel.Boa Steakhouse

The California-based steakhouse will open in the former Gloria's Latin Cuisine space. Boa’s current locations serve dry-aged steaks, Japanese wagyu, sides and salads.Relocations

Li’l Nonna’s

The vegan pizza food truck relocated from 7107 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, to a post outside Tweedy’s Bar in early January. Li’l Nonna’s serves made-from-scratch New York-style pizzas and garlic knots.Closings

Smash ATX

In addition to Ping-Pong tables, the bar and restaurant offered a range of both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, as well as burgers, sandwiches and more. Smash ATX opened in the fall of 2021, taking the place of its predecessor, Spin—which closed during the start of the pandemic.
  • Closed Feb. 17
  • 213 W. Fifth St., Austin