These restaurants, coffee shops and bars are open now in Central Austin


New offerings in the area include a unicorn-themed dessert bar on Sixth Street and JuiceLand’s 26th Austin-area location in the Plaza Saltillo development.

Tropical Dreams

Tropical Dreams, a Hawaiian ice cream shop, opened on the Drag at 2001 Guadalupe St., Austin, in mid-August. The business has manufactured ice cream in Hawaii for more than 25 years. 888-888- 8031.

J. Stephens

J. Stephens, new speakeasy from ATX Brands, opened Aug. 22 at 214 E. Sixth St., Austin. The bar is named for John Waller Stephens, a bookkeeper at a furniture store that previously occupied the space during the 1920s. Its entrance is marked by a red light bulb above the door.

Unicorn Magical Dessert Bar

Unicorn Magical Dessert Bar, a unicorn-themed dessert bar, hosted a grand opening Sept. 21 at 511 E. Sixth St., Austin. The Instagrammable spot also has locations in Houston and Dallas. 877-533-3773.

Caffe Medici

Local coffee chain Caffe Medici opened its sixth location in mid-September at Springdale General at 1023 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1A, Austin. It includes the business’s first roasting facility as well as a coffee shop.

Intelligentsia Coffee is now open in the Third + Shoal office building downtown. (via Courtesy Intelligentsia)

Intelligentsia Coffee

Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee opened its first Texas location at 607 W. Third St., Ste. 0110, Austin, inside the Third + Shoal building Aug. 21. The 30-seat coffee bar will serve food items from Easy Tiger and Sour Duck Market as well as an exclusive drink, the Roadrunner, made with cold coffee, fresh press grapefruit juice and soda over ice.


JuiceLand opened its latest store Sept. 9 at 1109 E. Fifth St., Ste. 110, Austin, in the Plaza Saltillo development. It is the locally based company’s 26th location in the Austin area. 512-579-0521.

Snooze (via Courtesy Snooze)


Snooze, a Colorado-based breakfast and brunch chain, will open its third Austin location Sept. 25 at 1109 E. Fifth St. in the Plaza Saltillo development. The company also has locations on North Lamar Boulevard and South Lamar Boulevard.

El Naranjo

Mexican restaurant El Naranjo opened Sept. 17 at 2717 S. Lamar Blvd. in the Bell South Lamar development. Husband-and-wife ownership team Ernesto Torrealba and Ilana de la Vega opened the restaurant in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1997 but a period of political unrest forced them out of the country; they opened on Rainey Street in 2012, and de la Vega was named a James Beard Award semifinalist for best chef Southwest in 2019. Since opening the South Lamar location, El Naranjo has closed its restaurant on Rainey Street. 512-520-5750.

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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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