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May 19, 2011 03:05 PM

Hard Hat Report Vol 8

Before Vol 7 spirals out of control let's get a Vol 8 going.

Flat Top Burger Shop over on Manor Road appears to be drawing close to opening.

Rumors continue to fly about yet another new, East Austin barbecue joint opening this summer. Apparently they'll be making their sausages in house which is certainly news of note.

What are y'all excited about that's about to open or has just got going?

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  1. The old Juanita's Taco caboose on W. 5th west of Lamar seems to have finally gone under. In it's place is something called 5th St. Caboose which sounds like more of a deli. There's also a new trailer in the same spot with the word bakery in its name (there was a short lived Italian-American sandwich shop there but it too seems to have disappeared.

    Juanita's Tacos
    1120 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

    1. Wings Zup at Hancock Center? It says "Grand Opening" but I could have sworn I saw an equally lamely named wing place there over a month ago. I refuse to patronize a place with such a name. Too gang-bangerish for me.

      Which is no big deal since I refuse to patronize all wing places due to lack of value. Except maybe Waterloo Ice House on Wing Tuesday.

      KOSTA Chaparral and Eatery seems to have it's first 1 or 2 trailers on Slaughter at United Kingdom. I couldn't tell what they were though. Still trying to figure out what "chapparal" means in that context. And KOSTA, for that matter.

      Waterloo Ice House Restaurants
      8600 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78757

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      1. Bob & Mike's packed up and moved from their Arbor Walk location to a new location at Cypress Creek & Lakeline Blvd in Cedar Park. Still have not tried them, so don't know if they've improved any, but hopefully it's better than the Jack in the Box that used to be there.

        1. Read on the AAS website, the Olivia's owner will be opening a fried chicken joint in the Nueva Onda location.

          Nueva Onda
          2218 College Ave, Austin, TX 78704

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          1. re: achtungpv

            ooh, i hope they have waffles too (sarcasm intended)

          2. Old School BBQ (currently a bus) is tweeting about opening a restaurant up north: "doing build out on our new restaurant at Parmer and McNeil".

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            1. re: cstrombe

              huh. i haven't seen anything in either plazas, but i'll keep looking.
              the HEB side has a lot of open space because of the defunct blockbuster, etc.
              but, the other side with the whataburger also has some vacancies as well...

              1. re: dinaofdoom

                Maybe in the empty Kahuna's spot?

                1. re: verily

                  Was thinking the same thing. Seems like a likely spot.

                  1. re: verily

                    oh, good call. it was a curra's before that, so hopefully three's a charm.

                    1. re: dinaofdoom

                      We do miss our tiki bar, but some good bbq would be welcome. I need something better than Silver City, Rudy's, Chisholm Trail, and Smokey Mo's, and closer than Mann's, for that occasional beef or pork fix.

                      1. re: verily

                        the kahuna sign was taken down just the other day.
                        so i think you are right, verily.

                        this makes me VERY excited for two reasons:
                        1. bbq in my hood!
                        2. that spot needs love.

                        the other restaurants there have failed so maybe three time's a charm.

                2. re: cstrombe

                  A good friend, a Cajun from Lafayette said "Old school made me the best burger I've ever had in my life".

                  He went on and on using the kind of verbiage he would normally use for a really good boudin link or bag of cracklins.

                  1. re: scrumptiouschef

                    Yes, have heard they have a good burger (website implies fresh ground in-house). Looking forward to giving it a try. Bus too far away for me.

                    1. re: cstrombe

                      seconded about the bus being too far away.
                      will definitely hit up the parmer and mcneil location when it opens, though!

                      1. re: dinaofdoom

                        Anyone have any updates on this place? I've tried going to the website per the Urban spoon link but now I think it's some sort of Asian Porn site.

                        1. re: tdombrow

                          it closed a few months back.
                          i posted a 2 or 3 times about my poor burger experiences and how it just did not live up to any expectations.
                          i think the guy decided to open a different place downtown?

                          1. re: tdombrow

                            ummm - can I have that link, please?

                            1. re: rudeboy

                              not sure what tdombrow was looking at, but the real link is:

                              looks like he opened another location on 6th street.
                              meanwhile, the parmer lane location is empty again, after curra's and kahuna's also failed.