From a game-themed bar to a burgeoning chicken finger empire, the Central Austin dining scene continues to grow in diverse ways.
The local restaurant will open a third location in the former El Chilito space at 6425 Burnet Road, Austin, this fall. Owner Doug Guller said he made the decision to expand north after noticing the restaurant was fulfilling a high number of catering and third-party delivery orders in that part of the city. www.happychicks.com
Spread & Co.
This locally owned cheese and charcuterie board business will open its first brick-and-mortar location this fall at 1601 W. 38th St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Russell’s Bistro. Rosemary Ewald founded the business in 2016, making homemade jams and pickles; her husband, Austin, joined in 2019. www.spreadandco.com
Valhalla Esports Lounge
This geared-for-games bar will open Aug. 15 at 710 W. Sixth St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by J. Black’s. The venue will offer PC and other gaming consoles as well as tournaments and social events. The business plans to open a second location in Houston. 832-508-1076. www.valhallalounge.com
Chills360 Ice Cream
This Dallas-based business serves Thai-inspired ice cream rolls and will open an eighth Texas location at 511 E. Sixth St., Austin. A date has not yet been announced. 800-771-1617. www.chills360.com
This Dallas-based bar and arcade will open a new location at 600 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, in the former Joe’s Crab Shack location. It is scheduled to open by the end of 2019 and will offer 30 ciders and wines on draft in a 13,000-square-foot space with classic arcade games. 214-364-7728. www.cidercade.com/austin