Here's a roundup of the latest restaurant news from Central Austin

A new food hall will open at 111 Congress Ave. Jan. 18.

A new food hall will open at 111 Congress Ave. Jan. 18.

Many restaurants opened, closed or announced opening dates in the early weeks of 2018. Here are some to look out for.

North Central
Dunkin’ Donuts opened at 2406 Guadalupe St., Austin, on Jan. 2 after years of development. The international doughnut and coffee purveyor serves hot and cold drinks as well as breakfast items. The long wait time customers have faced inspired Twitter account Dunkin’ On The Drag, which chronicled updates such as a fresh coat of paint on the outside awning.

Epoch Coffee opened a third location at 3900 Far West Blvd., Austin, on Jan. 3. The cafe offers coffee, espresso, cold brew, quiches, sandwiches, pastries and desserts.

La Orxateria opened at 5460 Guadalupe St., Ste. L133, Austin, in the Lamar Business Park Dec. 20. The shop offers frozen paletas from owner Manual Flores’ other venture, Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops, as well as orxata, or horchata, a traditional Spanish beverage made from the root vegetable tigernuts. 512-373-3075.

Sumptuary, a rentable restaurant space where Austin chefs and cooks can experiment with new ideas, launched a crowdfunding campaign Jan. 3. The space will open at 3202 Anderson Lane, Ste. 205, Austin, once the fundraising goal has been reached. Ideally this will be by June 1. Any restaurateur from fine dining chefs to food truck owners are welcome at Sumptuary, at which a new menu will be featured every night.

Banzai Sushi & Grill, located at 3914 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, closed Jan. 2 after 22 years in business. The restaurant announced the closing Dec. 27, citing hope to remain open as the reason for the short notice. Rudy's Bar-B-Q will move into the space previously occupied by Banzai, according to the same announcement. 512-323-2151.

After 10 years in business, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, located at 815 W. 47th St., Ste. 103, Austin, closed on Jan. 1. Its lease expired at the end of 2017. Owner Keith Schlabs announced the decision not to renew the least in mid-December. 512-454-8200.

Colorado-based Mad Greens opened at 410 W. Second St., Austin, Jan. 10. The fast-casual salad chain announced it would move into the space previously occupied by local salad spot Leaf in 2015. Mad Greens has locations at The Domain in North Austin and in Round Rock.

Fareground, a downtown food hall with areas for meetings, co-working and other activities, will open Jan. 18 at 111 Congress Ave., Austin. The site will be curated and managed by ELM Restaurant Group, which operates dining establishments such as 24 Diner and Easy Tiger. Fareground's vendors include Antonelli's Cheese Shop, Contigo, Dai Due Taqueria, Easy Tiger, Henbit and Ni-Kome.

Southern Heights Brewing Company, located at 6014 Techni Center Drive, Austin, opened on Nov. 4. The craft brewery and taproom have eight beers on tap. 512-650-6901.

Modern Market, a healthy, fast-casual company based in Boulder, Colorado, will open its third Austin location at 401 Congress Ave., Austin, on Jan. 15. Its other two area locations are in Westlake and at the Arboretum. The menu is mostly made from scratch and includes options for many different diets, including vegan, celiac, paleo, raw and low-carb. 512-394-6173.

North Italia, which serves modern versions of traditional Italian meals, will open at 500 W. Second St., Ste. 123, Austin, in February. The restaurant is owned by Fox Restaurant Concepts, the group behind Culinary Dropout and Flower Child. There are North Italia locations in six states, including three in Texas. 512-339-4400.

Detroit-style pizza restaurant Via 313 will open its third brick-and-mortar location at 1802 E. Sixth St., Austin, by the end of March. Thee space was previously occupied by creative agency Collide ATX. Via 313 currently operates a trailer in front of the nearby Violet Crown Social Club, located at 1111 E. Sixth St., Austin, that will move to a new location to be determined. 512-609-9405.

After more than 10 years in business, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, located at 300 Colorado St., Ste. 200, Austin, closed Jan. 9. Its building is being demolished and replaced with a high-rise. The new building will include a restaurant from parent company Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, according to Sullivan’s general manager Jake Wise, although it may not be Sullivan’s. 512-495-6504.

South Central
TLC, a family-friendly restaurant serving relaxed Texas food, opened on Dec. 19 at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 1150, Austin. The menu features seafood boils, sandwiches and 30 beers on tap. 512-580-0971.

Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden opened Jan. 8 at 121 Pickle Road, Austin. The coffee and craft cocktail bar will be housed on an acre of green space and will feature a certified wildlife habitat, an herb and vegetable garden and a chicken coop. [email protected]

Confituras Little Kitchen opened at 2129 Goodrich Ave., Austin, Dec. 22. Owner Stephanie McClenny began selling her jams in 2010 at local farmers’ markets. In addition to jam, the bakery will also sell biscuits and pastries.

Salad bistro Vinaigrette will expand its Austin location with the addition of Tiny's, a tiny house restaurant, this spring. Tiny's will be located off Vinaigrette's patio at 2201 College Ave., Austin, and will open this spring. The restaurant will serve healthy breakfast food, snacks and frozen margaritas in creative flavors such as rosewater beet and carrot sumac. Other drinks, including juices spiked with adaptogens, smoothies and coffee, will also be available. 512-852-8791.


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