11 new restaurants and bars in Central Austin

High Note opened April 16 at 300 S. Lamar Blvd.

High Note opened April 16 at 300 S. Lamar Blvd.

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.

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

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 [email protected]


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