Here are five restaurants coming soon to the Central Austin area

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will open on South Congress Avenue this winter.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will open on South Congress Avenue this winter.

The list includes a Cajun restaurant on Manor Road from the owner of Patrizi's and new ice cream and gelato spots coming to South Congress Avenue.



Vic and Al's
Vic and Al’s, a Cajun restaurant from Nic Patrizi, owner of the Italian food truck Patrizi’s, will open at 2406 Manor Road, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Unit D Pizzeria. No opening date has been announced. It previously operated as a food truck at Scoot Inn in 2016. www.vicandals.com





Poke Austin
Poke Austin will open a second location at the Plaza Saltillo development this January, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page. An address has not yet been announced. The local business’s first location is in Sunset Valley and offers a build-your-own poke bowl menu. 512-891-8368. www.poke-austin.com





Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will open a location at 1208 S. Congress Ave., Austin, in the space previously occupied by The Turquoise Door II, this winter. Jeni Britton Bauer founded the business in Columbus, Ohio, in 2002, and has since opened scoop shops in more than 10 cities around the country. www.jenis.com





Gelato Paradiso
Gelato Paradiso, which has four locations in Southern California, will open its first Texas location by late November at 1400 S. Congress Ave., Ste. B160, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Francisco’s Salon. www.gelatoparadiso.com





Zero Degrees
Zero Degrees, a California-based Asian-Hispanic fusion cafe, will open a new location at 4211 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A4, Austin. An opening date has not yet been announced. www.zerodegreescompany.com


By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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