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Sep 29, 2008 04:45 PM

Hard Hat Report

Riding by the old P and K Grocery on West Mary I noticed a bunch of men in hardhats renovating the building.Does anyone know what's going in this location?

Also,the old San Francisco Steakhouse is being converted into something or other.Does anyone know what the new place is going to be?

I would like for this topic to be open to any location you notice around town that's preparing to open as a restaurant or grocery store.

What have you noticed that's in the preparatory stage of opening?

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  1. Way up on Parmer, somewhere near 620 (where Extreme Pizza was previously), there's a Greek place opening up called Zakia's. We tried to go Saturday, but their banner says the grand opening is October 17 (IIRC). It's not entirely new. Their website says they were the Greek Pita House before at a different location.

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    1. re: stephanieh

      We were so excited when this new restaurant, called Zakia’s, opened near our little neighborhood, but that changed to great disappointment when we tried it for the first time last night.

      First, there was no description of the actually food items on the menu. And the wait staff was not overly friendly so asking what was in every dish was out of the question.

      We decided to order the spankopia appetizer and the Lamb dish entree. To our surprise the $4.95 spankopia appetizer included only two very, very small pieces. And it was completely soggy, Spankopia is supposed to be flakey. Our salad that came with the entrée was also soaked in olive oil.

      Then the wait staff actually asked us if we would mind moving to another table so additional gusts could have ours. When we explained that this made us feel extremely uncomfortable the wait staff seemed irritated.

      Since the food quality was awful and we did not feel comfortable anymore, we decided to forgo the entrée.

      We definitely don’t recommend this restaurant. They are over priced, the food quality is poor, and treat their patrons with no respect.

      1. re: shaksper

        That's really good information, shaksper. We never made it back over there. It kind of fell off my radar. Now, I'm not in any hurry to get there. Thanks for taking the hit for the team.

    2. On North Lamar, on the left while heading north from Central Market:

      "Dr. Chocolate" opening soon

      1. Old San Francisco is soon to be opened as a Chinese Buffet.

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        1. re: amykragan

          oh.. i hope they kept the swing.

          1. re: amykragan

            Fujian Grand Buffett is open now. Haven't tried it yet, but supposed to have a nice modern decor and quick to refill empty trays.

          2. There's a sign I saw from 183 somewhere near the Duval exit... "Terra Burger Coming Soon". I googled and got this website, which says nothin'.


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            1. re: stephanieh

              Tony C's Coal Fired Pizza is slated to open in the Hill Country Galleria soon. Of all the new restaurants out this way this is the one I'm most looking forward to. Coal oven pizza in Austin, yipee. I hope it's good though I do like Yaghi's.

              1. re: stephanieh

                They are also putting a Terra Burger in the old Stixs Bistro on the Drag.

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                1. Not hard-hat, but still relatively new, is another downtown wine bar which I haven't seen mentioned on here yet -- Mulberry.

                  360 Nueces St
                  Austin, TX 78701
                  (512) 320-0297


                  And from Austin360:

                  "We heard it was a deli, but Mulberry, located on the ground floor of the 360 condominium tower, turns out to be a modern wine bar with a full menu of nibbles, salads, sandwiches and entreés — and lots of oysters. Owner Michael Palumbo also runs Bin 71 and Barcibo Enoteca in Manhattan. Palumbo attended the University of Texas' McCombs School of Business and is living upstairs in 360 as he opens Mulberry, downtown Austin's sixth dedicated wine bar. Michael Hsu helped design the vertically arranged restaurant, with its squared-off stools, shingled wainscoting, cool marble, wine mezzanine and extremely compact space (so Manhattan!).

                  Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (360 Nueces St., 320-0297)

                  — M.B. "

                  1. re: Nab

                    Thanks for the tip.

                    One night when I'm finished with my Lonestar quota at the Little Longhorn I'll make my way by there.

                    Any bar that offers nibbles [I knew a stripper from Lubbock named Nibbles a few years back] is going to see heavy attendance from me

                    .As for it being so "Manhattan" I doubt that unless their idea of the borough differs from mine-[ballers selling lids,hustlers on the make and Harvey Keitel's Bad Lieutenant prowling the streets].

                    Do they have a website?

                    1. re: scrumptiouschef

                      No website, chef, but I did make it here last night for a few slurps and nibbles (do you happen to know a stripper named Slurps? I'd like to meet her).

                      I will love this place on sleepy weeknights. Excellent wine list with plenty of by-the-glass choices and the grub menu looks mighty tasty, with a few small and simple snacks, salume, and entrees that go beyond the nibble-line. The salmon sashimi, while under the mains section of the menu, is more of a nibble. Expensive nibble clocking in at $14 bones, but delicious nibble nonetheless. Four good slices of salmon get bathed in hot garlic oil and topped with black sea salt and fried capers (I'm sucker for fried capers). All of the nibbles coming out of the bathtub-sized kitchen looked and smelled great, except for the truffle-oil laden bread appetizer which my nextdoor nibblers ordered -- you know bad truffle oil when you smell it.

                      On the other hand, the perfumey prosecco was terrific, also enjoyed a decent rioja and a silky delicious red minervois.

                      Not sure why folks are raving about the space's design. Nothing really that interesting about the design to my mind, but it's a nice clean (tiny!) room tucked away in a corner of downtown.

                      Word of the day: nibbles. Use it as often as possible.