These new restaurants and bars are now open in Central Austin


From Tacodeli’s first downtown location to a new Juiceland in East Austin, here are ten new spots to try in the Central Austin area.

Revelry on the Boulevard (via Courtesy Nate Beels)

Revelry on the Boulevard

Revelry on the Boulevard opened April 30 at 6215 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. The second Revelry location from owner Jonathan Lochrie is in a former auto shop that has been converted into a 250-seat restaurant. Unlike the 21-and-up Revelry Kitchen + Bar in East Austin, the North Lamar restaurant serves all ages. 512-861-5685.

Vaquero Taquero

Vaquero Taquero opened its first brick-and-mortar location at 104 E. 31st St., Austin, on June 1. The business originated as a street-style taco food truck in the Hyde Park neighborhood specializing in al pastor tacos. The truck at 4301 Duval St., Austin, will remain open. 512-383-5582.

Bao’d Up (via Courtesy Bao'd Up)

Bao’d Up

Chinese steamed buns restaurant Bao’d Up opened a second location June 10 at 2222 Rio Grande St., Austin. The original location in the Mueller development opened in July 2017. 512-505-8080.

SouthBites (via Rendering courtesy SouthBites)


SouthBites, a coffee bar and cafe serving grab-and-go food options from Pink Avocado Catering and drinks from local spot Cuvee Coffee, opened June 3 at SXSW Center, 1400 Lavaca St., Ste. 130, Austin. It is run by Brent Schumacher, founder and executive chef of Pink Avocado Catering, and Quirino Silva, who was previously the director of culinary operations for Flyrite Chicken. The duo plans to open a restaurant next February.

The Lost Lei

The Lost Lei, a tiki bar, opened May 15 at 117 W. Fourth St., Ste. 101A, Austin. In addition to cocktails, the bar boasts an extensive rum menu with options across Spanish, English and French styles. 512-402-5518.

Tacodeli (via Courtesy Tacodeli)


Tacodeli opened its first downtown location June 10 at 301 Congress Ave., Austin. Founder Roberto Espinosa was born and raised in Mexico City. He opened the fi rst Tacodeli in South Austin in 1999; shortly after, Eric Wilkerson joined as a co-owner. The company now has 11 locations across Texas. 512-601-6631.

Ellis (via Courtesy Jenna Kahn/Cultivate PR)


Cocktail lounge Ellis opened June 10 at the downtown food hall Fareground, which is located at 111 Congress Ave., Austin. The street-level pavilion was designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and includes an outdoor patio. Bar Manager Sarah Rahl previously worked at the nearby Four Seasons Hotel.

Augustine Cocktail Lounge

Augustine Cocktail Lounge opened Feb. 24 at 86 Rainey St., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Blackheart. The bar includes a large backyard patio and offers live music. 512-382-1255.


JuiceLand opened its 31st location June 14 at 1801 E. 51st St., Bldg. A, Ste. 140, Austin, in the Mueller development. The juice shop offers vegan meals, fresh-pressed juices, acai bowls, smoothies and lattes. 512-494-5899.

Austin Java

Austin Java opened its sixth location May 13 at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Cell Phone Lot, 2901 Spirit of Texas Drive, Bldg. B, Ste. 100, Austin. The cafe serves coffee drinks and has a full bar. 512-505-2027.

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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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