IMPACT ROUNDUP: Licha's Cantina to revive former Papi Tino's location by mid-February

The former Papi Tino's restaurant at 1306 E. Sixth St. is being converted to Licha's Cantina, a new concept specializing in Mexico City–style street food and small plates.

Owner Daniel Brooks said the new restaurant, scheduled to open in mid-February, will have a similar cantina atmosphere with a more comfortable setting by adding air conditioning inside. There will also be outdoor patio seating available. 512-619-0993.

Other Impacts:

NOW OPEN—Already with one location on South Lamar Boulevard, Planet Sub opened its second Austin location Jan. 29 at 906 Congress Ave. Planet Sub specializes in oven-baked sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads. The Kansas City, Mo.–based franchise opened in 1998 and now has more than 35 locations nationwide. 512-916-9060.

RELOCATIONS— Jalapeo's Taco Bar relocated in November from Ben White Boulevard to 3518 E. Seventh St. The Mexican restaurant still has a presence in South Austin, having also opened a new location at 6002 Burleson Road in December. 512-386-5013.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.