Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Austin >
Nov 14, 2008 10:33 AM

Cover 2,3? whatever

There used to be a Mexican restuarant on Anderson Lane in the Village Shopping center. I notice that the building is being remodeled with a name like Cover 2 or something similar. Just read in a community newspaper that it is going to be a 10K sq. ft. sports bar with two floors, down will serve steaks to sandwiches and upper will be, apparently, huge TV screens for sports fans. Just passing it along. J.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Yep, I think it actually may have opened this week or last night? We drove by and it was packed!

      1. re: NirvRush

        Yes, it's the old Flores location. And called "Cover 3."

      2. I have not been there, but here is the website:

        1 Reply
        1. re: moosy

          Well, that's quite the pricy menu for a sports bar/restaurant. $15 for roasted chicken or beef enchiladas? Maybe they are really, really good.

          My cynical side wonders if the timing of the opening of this place is purely coincidental to the recents posts here asking about sports bars in NW Austin...

        2. the menu looks aggressive for a sports bar. I'm personally excited about it being so close to my house, but i'm not sure its the right strategy for success. It would be nice though, to have something on par with the quality of Houston's in the hood though.

          I had heard that the folks behind Eddie V's are involved in this restaurant. That makes me VERY hopeful.

          7 Replies
          1. re: ieathereforeiam

            Dropped by this afternoon to check them out. Didn't have time to order anything, but looked over the menu. It was pricey, but I might be tempted to try the $15 Ahi tuna burger sometime. Even though it was 15 minutes before they started serving they welcomed me to the bar and even gave me a beer gratis "for my first visit."

            Had a wine list and several different wines by the glass. Lots of cherry stained wood and dark leather seating. Definitely more than you're normal sports bar.

            1. re: zebcook

              While I've also been waiting for another sports bar to open in the area, I can't see this one lasting very long. The concept seems more suited for downtown, especially with the prices they are wanting to charge for a "sports" bar.

            2. re: ieathereforeiam

              1. What exactly is an aggressive menu?
              2. Houston's is like 2 blocks away.

              1. re: chucklesmcfarland

                1) A sports bar with a menu with prices over 15 bucks a plate in Not in the Domain
                2) yes. I know. that is why I was excited about it being in the hood too as an alternative to Houston's. Which I like just fine.

              2. re: ieathereforeiam

                My husband and I went today for the first time and I'm excited as well! We always go to Houston's because it's so close but never get out of there for less than $125.00. We really liked Cover 3! It's not like a regular loud sports bar, but rather nice to watch a game and eat some good upscale food. If you're looking for basic "sports bar" with cheap beer and hot wings, go to Hooters!

                I actually heard it was the people from z'tejas that opened this? Anyway, it's nice to have this in the neighborhood (don't have to drive to Eddie V's) and we thought the food and atmosphere were fantastic! I'm hoping people will appreciate it for what it is - NOT basic sports bar, but cool hang-out with great wine list and food (and TV!) without going downtown.

                1. re: thegatsbys

                  Our waitress confirmed that it was a manager at Z'Tejas who opened this place. Definitely not a sports bar, more like a restaurant that happens to have a lot of TV's. The upstairs bar was not open yet, I think that may be more of the "sports bar" area. Had 2 Dos Equis at $4.50 each and the chips and salsa/queso.guac appetizer for $11. The salsa was bland, the guac was ok, and the queso was unremarkable. Did not have an entree but the cheapest thing I saw was a $12 burger.

                2. re: ieathereforeiam

                  Actually it is some former Eddie V's / Z'tejas employees. The owners are former managers of z'tejas and eddies, the head bartender is the former z'tejas head bartender and the executive chef is a former z'tejas sous chef.

                3. I met some friends there last night and I kind of liked it. Nice atmosphere and it was great to be out of downtown with plenty of parking/seating. I ordered the nachos and a glass of wine. Happy hour prices. The nachos were piled high on good, sturdy chips. the beef had a good flavor and the avocado was fresh (not that gross mayo/avo combo that comes out of a bag). The cheese said 'pepper jack' but it was more of a white queso style as opposed to melted/shredded cheese. It wasn't my favorite, but I liked it.

                  I hope Cover 3 makes it. Nice, local, fun. I'm all about that. There was a good crowd for a Wednesday night. The staff was very kind and attentive and the one of the owners was there making sure everyone was taken care of. I'll go back.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: chispa_c

                    How were the happy hour prices vs. the regular menu prices?