AUS: Update on Chinese shopping center on N. Lamar
Well, I passed by this center today, and I finally made out a restaurant sign. It was for a place called "?? House of Noodles" The ?? was two letters that I couldn't make out since it was dark. Let's just say this has only made my excitement level for this center go higher!
If we get a real Chinese noodle shop in Austin, I will be thrilled. Anyone have more info on this place?
i just got back from dallas today visiting some friends and i had stopped by first chinese bbq in richardson (also one in carrollton). anyways, i suggested them opening one in austin. lo and behold they said in 2 weeks they'd be opening one in the new chinatown shopping center. it's going to be nice having more than one option for bbq pork and roast duck.
My wife just called after she drove by Chinatown Center this morning. The new My Thanh (Now "MT Supermarket") is open as of today, and she said there is a sign or something saying they would be having some sort of grand opening celebration this weekend with fireworks, etc. I'll have to run by at lunch and check it out.
We've been looking forward to this place taking shape since we bought our house in the neighborhood five years ago. It's been a long wait!
Well, despite the new name, "MT Supermarket", the shelves are fully stocked. The new store is great...it's basically an Asian-HEB. The produce section had a good selection of fresh veggies at good prices, the seafood counter and live tanks smelled much better than at the old location, and they have a good selection of housewares.
This is also the only place that I've noticed "half sized" bottles of Squid brand Fish Sauce. I have several friends who are intimidated about buying the regular size bottle (25 floz?) b/c they know they won't go through that much fish sauce any time soon. Although, maybe the bin tags were wrong, but the small bottle was the same price as the large bottle.
The only thing I still couldn't find was bottles of OB Lager from S.Korea. So my search continues.
When I was in on Saturday, if you spent $70 on groceries, they would give you a free 10lb bag of Thai jasmine white rice.
Still no specifics, but I recently found this article:
Austin to get a Chinatown
Austin is joining the likes of New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles with the introduction of a new Chinatown Center which is set to open at the end of the month. It may be quite smaller than those cities for now but Tan International Group is building The Chinatown Center on North Lamar near 183. It will include a 70,000 square foot grocery store, around 40 retail stores and 7 restaurants all catering to the Asian community. Alex Tan, with the group, says the Asian population in Austin has tripled in the last 15 years and now they will have a central place in Austin to fulfill some of their needs as opposed to before when they had to travel to Houston or Dallas.