11 new restaurants and bars in Central Austin


Looking for a new place to try out in Central Austin? These 11 locations recently opened in the area.

Jason’s Deli

National chain Jason’s Deli opened a new location at 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. D5, Austin, in early March. The counter-service deli serves hot and cold sandwiches, wraps, soups and pastas as well as a salad bar. The restaurant also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for customers. 512-419-9128. www.jasonsdeli.com

Austin Kolache & Koffee Shop

Austin Kolache & Koffee Shop opened March 19 at 7113 Burnet Road, Ste. 112, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Kolache Creations, which recently closed. Owner Debra Ford also owns Cleopatra’s Salon next door. 512-551-3115.

The Westwood Gastropub

The Westwood Gastropub, a locally owned and operated restaurant at 5308 Balcones Drive, Austin, opened March 11. It serves craft cocktails, tapas, fresh seafood, steaks and burgers. 512-551-3494. www.thewestwoodtx.com

China Family

Restaurant China Family opened Feb. 1 at 6801 Airport Blvd., Austin. The location used to be Korean fried chicken restaurant Jang’s Chimac Cafe. 512-520-4171. www.chinafamilytx.com

Halal Wings

Halal Wings, a fried chicken restaurant, opened in mid-February at 1200 Barbara Jordan Blvd., Ste. 340, Austin, according to its Facebook page. It is owned by the same team behind next-door spot Halal Corner and Mediterranean restaurant Kismet Cafe in the Hancock Center. 737-300-1000. www.halalwing.com

Fowler’s Smokin Soul Food

Fowler’s Smokin Soul Food opened Jan. 12 at 5811 Manor Road, Austin. The locally owned, family-style barbecue and soul food restaurant is run by Kevin and Yvonne Franklin. 512-300-0226. www.fowlerssmokinsoulfood.com

Taco Flats

Zocalo Cafe, at 1110 W. Lynn St., Austin, closed March 29 and reopened as a Taco Flats on April 1. Zocalo Cafe owners Chris Courtney, Kelly Chappell and Jay Bunda sold the spot to Simon Madera of Taco Flats. In a Facebook post, Zocalo Cafe’s owners said they will focus on the expansion of their other restaurants, Galaxy Cafe and Top Notch Hamburgers. 512-472-8226.

The Front Page

The Front Page, a restaurant and bar, opened in the Springdale General development at 1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1, Ste. F, Austin, in March. Brothers Shafer and Dick Hall, along with Andrew Porter and Ben Fordham, own the restaurant. Its menu includes bruschetta, house pickles, salads and sandwiches. www.thefrontpage.pub


Uroko, a new restaurant from Kayo and Takehiro Asazu of Japanese restaurant Komé and Uchi alum Masazumi Saio, opened May 1st in the Springdale General development at 1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1, Ste. C, Austin. The new spot focuses on temaki, or hand-rolled sushi, and a chef’s choice concept called omakase and will also offer sushi-making classes. 512-520-4004 www.urokoaustin.com

Stagger Lee

Stagger Lee, a new bar, opened March 1 at 87 Rainey St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by restaurant No Va. It is owned by locals Matt Luckie, Max Moreland and Mike Joyce—who have been involved in opening spots such as Lala’s Little Nugget and Star Bar. 512-220-9007.

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High Note

High Note, a health-conscious restaurant from Kerbey Lane Cafe CEO Mason Ayer, opened April 16 at 300 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. A, Austin, in the space previously occupied by Barile restaurant. 512-879- 2822. www.highnoteatx.com

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Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. He graduated in 2011 from Boston University and worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in January of 2018.
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