These 11 new bars and restaurants recently opened in Central Austin

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The latest in AUstin’s new food and drink offerings include Uroko in East Austin, a new spot from the team at Komé, and a second location for District Kitchen + Cocktails in North Central Austin.

District Kitchen + Cocktail (via Courtesy Fareena Viglianco)

District Kitchen + Cocktails

District Kitchen + Cocktails opened its second location May 14 at 7858 Shoal Creek Blvd., Ste. B, Austin. Brothers Amir and Ali Hajimaleki also own the original District location in South Austin and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar in North Austin. 512-284-7837. www.districtaustin.com

Louisiana Crab Shack

Louisiana Crab Shack opened in late March at 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 265, Austin. The Cajun restaurant’s menu includes po’ boy sandwiches, wings and oysters. 512-580-0350. www.louisianacrabshackaustin.com

Tex-Mex restaurant Vamonos opened April 15 on Airport Boulevard. (via Courtesy Hayden Walker)

Vamonos

Vamonos, a Tex-Mex restaurant, opened April 15 at 4807 Airport Blvd., Austin, in the space previously occupied by tapas restaurant Bullfight. Restaurateur Chris Martinez, who previously worked at Mi Cocina and El Arroyo, partnered with Shawn Cirkiel, who leads the restaurant group Parkside Projects, on the ranch-style restaurant. 512-474-2029. www.vamonos-texmex.com

Kyoten Sushiko (via Courtesy Kyoten Sushiko)

Kyoten Sushiko

Kyoten Sushiko reopened May 1 at 4600 Mueller Blvd., Ste. 1035, Austin. The Japanese restaurant closed last August when its chef, Otto Phan, left Austin to open a restaurant in Chicago. It is now led by chef Sarah Cook, who previously worked for Lenoir and Sway. 512-607-4404. www.kyotensushiko.com

Uroko

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

Cuba512

Cuba512 opened April 18 at 906 Congress Ave., Austin. Owner Iskander Gener and his wife, Tuky, opened the first Cuba512 location in South Austin in 2015. The restaurant serves cocktails, smoothies and traditional Cuban dishes, such as ropa vieja and Cubano sandwiches. 512-373-3333. www.cuba512.com

Comedor

Comedor, a new Mexican restaurant, opened in mid-April at 501 Colorado St., Austin. It is led by Chefs Gabe Erales of Dai Due Taqueria and Philip Speer, who previously ran the French-American bistro Bonhomie, which closed in May 2018. 512-499-0977. www.comedortx.com

Chi’lantro

Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant Chi’lantro opened its sixth brick-and-mortar location May 28 at 303 Colorado St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Barley Bean. Owner Jae Kim said he has wanted to open a downtown location since opening Chi’lantro’s first food truck in 2010. www.chilantrobbq.com

Willow & Co.

Willow & Co. opened in March at 908 E. Fifth St., Ste. 107, Austin. The new health-conscious spot offers healthy smoothies and juices as well as food options, such as toasts and salads. 512-626-0885. www.willowandcoatx.com

Oseyo (via Courtesy Carli Rene)

Oseyo

Oseyo, a traditional Korean restaurant, opened May 28 at 1628 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. Owner Lynn Miller and Executive Chef Mike Diaz collaborated with Miller’s mother to develop the menu, which includes small plates called banchan, rice and noodle dishes, and wood-grilled items. www.oseyoaustin.com

Velouria

Velouria, a cocktail and coffee bar at 3801 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 116, Austin, opened April 13. Owners Tim and Sara Lupa, the couple behind The Brixton and Drinks Lounge, partnered with Kelon Bryant, who was previously head bartender at Justine’s Brasserie. In addition to beverages, the bar will serve a light food menu. 512-898-9096. www.velouria.bar

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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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