6 new restaurants coming soon to Central Austin


A local business’ first brick-and-mortar and a second location for a local pizzeria are among the new restaurants coming soon to Central Austin.

Steamies Dumplings

The local business will open its first brick-and-mortar location at 6929 Airport Blvd., Ste. 148, by summer. Its owners also sell Chinese dumplings at area farmers markets, including Mueller’s. www.steamiesdumplings.com

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana

The pizzeria will open a second location in June at 301 Lavaca St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by bar Ginger Man. Owner Jimmy Fitzgerald opened the first DeSano, which focuses on Italian wood-fired pizza, on Burnet Road in 2016. Fitzgerald said the downtown location will focus more on takeout business and keep later hours. 512-323-2426. www.desanopizza.com


Korean-Mexican fusion spot Chi’lantro will open a new location in May at 303 Colorado St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Barley Bean. Owner Jae Kim said he has wanted to open a downtown brick-and-mortar location since opening Chi’lantro’s first food truck. This will be the sixth brick-and-mortar location; the restaurant also has two food trucks. 512-382-9653. www.chilantrobbq.com

Hopdoddy Burger Bar and & Chuy’s Restaurant

Both local restaurant chains will expand to East Austin, with new locations at the forthcoming Plaza Saltillo development, a 10-acre mixed-use project located between I-35, Fourth Street, Onion Street and Fifth Street. The development is expected to open later this year, although no opening dates have been released for individual tenants. 512-682-5537. www.plazasaltillo.com

Nixta Taqueria

This taco restaurant focusing on corn tortillas will open this summer at 2512 E. 12th St., Austin. The name is derived from nixtamal, the name for corn that has been processed and made ready to be turned into masa, hominy and more. Chef Edgar Ulysses Rico and co-founded Sara Mardanbigi both previously worked at the Peached Tortilla’s event space, Peached Social House. www.nixtataqueria.com

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Emma Freer
Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
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