New sustainable seafood spot opens and more Southwest Austin business news

Keepers Coastal Kitchen specializes in sustainably sourced seafood. (Courtesy Keepers Coastal Kitchen)
Keepers Coastal Kitchen specializes in sustainably sourced seafood. (Courtesy Keepers Coastal Kitchen)

Keepers Coastal Kitchen specializes in sustainably sourced seafood. (Courtesy Keepers Coastal Kitchen)

1. Bottled water supplier Alkaline Falls opened its Oak Hill storefront in early May. Located at 6118 Hwy. 290, Ste. B, Austin, Alkaline Falls offers pH-balanced alkaline water. Customers may either bring their own containers for cleaning and filling at the store, or they can purchase containers ranging from 1 liter to 5 gallons in size. Filtration showerheads are also sold. 737-268-9932.

2. Restaurateurs and brothers Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, along with chef-partner René Melendes, opened Keepers Coastal Kitchen at 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Bldg. D, Austin, on July 9. Named after Amir’s favorite pier in Port Aransas, Keepers will offer sustainably caught seafood from across the country paired with flavors from around the world. Amir also owns District Kitchen + Cocktails with one location on Slaughter and another on Shoal Creek Boulevard. The Hajimaleki brothers are also behind Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, located on RM 620, and plan to open a second location later this year in the same space as Keepers Coastal Kitchen. 512-519-9911.

3. Mama Fried, a new french fry trailer from the team behind Leroy and Lewis, opened July 15 at the Armadillo Den, 10106 Menchaca Road, Austin. The menu features fries served with dips such as beet barbecue or queso. Customers can also order the fries topped with options such as chili and cheese or the Whole Hog Fries with whole hog, pork hash, mustard barbecue sauce and coleslaw. The concept comes from longtime Leroy and Lewis employee Clayton Cook and is inspired by Texas’ outlaw country legends—Merle Haggard recorded the album “Mama Tried” in 1968. 512-962-7805.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.

By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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