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Red Ash Italia

The downtown wood-fired Italian restaurant reopened in April following an accidental fire sparked by the oven ventilation system last September. The menu features handmade pastas, seafood, locally sourced meats and vegetables roasted on a wood-burning grill.Manny’s & Powder Room

Grace Chow, Jason Ellefson and Eric Kemp of Lobos Hospitality are opening two new concepts under the same roof. Manny’s offers quick-service items like grab-and-go drinks, sandwiches and salads. Powder Room offers small bites, table-side mixology and traditional bottle service. Both will be open until midnight or 2 a.m. but Manny’s will open at 11 a.m., while Powder Room will open at 5 p.m.Coming Soon


The restaurant will be helmed by Chef Kennedy Grace, who appeared on season 13 of food competition show “Master Chef,” and is part of Method Three Hospitality. The new restaurant will serve a compact dinner menu with just two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts that rotate monthly. Main dishes include zucchini pasta, elk tenderloin and sea bass collar.Brass Poppy at Hotel Van Zandt

The Rainey Street District boutique hotel started renovations to open a first-floor cocktail bar and lounge called Brass Poppy, where guests can enjoy twists on classics cocktails like The Grasshopper, and skewered snacks. Other lobby renovations will provide additional intimate spaces for guests to gather. Officials said the renovations are part of an overall brand refresh.Relocations


The food truck is owned by Luis Felez and Sarai Salazar and serves authentic Spanish dishes like croquettes, Paella and Fideau, a dish similar to Paella that is made with noodles instead of rice. The menu also includes several sandwiches served on baguettes, such as the Jamon Serrano with Spanish ham and Manchego cheese, and the Pepito de Ternera with beef loin steak and caramelized onions.Closings


The Chicago-based coffee shop and convenience store closed all stores nationwide. Foxtrot sold a variety of local snacks, candy, beer, wine, and grocery items. The cafe offered cold brew, lattes, breakfast tacos, avocado toast, salads and smoothies.
  • Closed April 23
  • 301 W. Second St., Ste. 100, Austin; 2270 Guadalupe St., Austin; 1804 S. First St., Austin; 4800 Burnet Road, Bldg. F, Austin
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 on Feb. 17
  • 213 W. Fifth St., Austin