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verily Aug 20, 2013 12:29 PM

Despite that fact that they're building a new one a few miles away, Whole Foods has decided to keep the Gateway store open after all. I suspect they don't want to lose customers to the new Trader Joe's opening up in the Arboretum.


  1. TroyTempest Aug 20, 2013 03:37 PM

    this is good. Not that i'm a big WF shopper, but the domain is just a logistical PITA to get in and out of.

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      verily Sep 3, 2013 10:55 AM

      Noticed that "Momo Korean Cuisine and Sushi" has opened up in the former Maharaja Indian place in the old shopping center at Spicewood Springs & 183. It didn't look open when I passed by to go to Asia Cafe, but it is set at an odd angle to the parking lot. Anyone been there yet?

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      1. re: verily
        jwynne2000 Sep 8, 2013 05:08 AM

        We went Friday night. Certainly not terrible, but wife and I both agreed that you can do much better even at Osaka one exit up 183.

      2. dinaofdoom Sep 6, 2013 04:31 PM

        zakia's greek cuisine at the artisan apartments on parmer closed, and a new thai place is opening up. hope it's good, because it's right around the corner from my house.

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        1. re: dinaofdoom
          dinaofdoom Sep 13, 2013 08:57 PM

          forgot to mention the name. it's "thai lada".

          1. re: dinaofdoom
            verily Nov 8, 2013 12:02 PM

            Thai Lada is...interesting. Service is allll over the place. I find it a bit charming, but someone could easily lose patience with the very scattered waitresses. The panang curry I ordered tasted good, but it was missing one of the veggies listed on the menu. On a later trip, I tried the basil crispy chicken and once again it was missing some of the veggies listed. I plan to stick to the other Parmer restaurant Thai Cuisine for lunch.

            Amigo's in the same shopping center seems to have met its end. It was closed on a Tuesday at noon. No signage up mentioning why it was closed, so I'm assuming they didn't pay their rent.

            1. re: verily
              rudeboy Nov 8, 2013 01:31 PM

              That's too bad, Amigo's had some really good tacos. The owner is a hoot.

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          sqwertz Sep 20, 2013 04:54 PM

          By now we've all probably heard that Trader Joe's Bee Cave location opened up today. But also worth mentioning is that Wheatsville South finally opened today as well. It's at South Lamar, across from the Sun Harvest turned Sprouts.


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          1. re: sqwertz
            dinaofdoom Oct 4, 2013 10:50 PM

            i've been to the trader joe's bee cave several times now, despite it the distance and my hatred of that part of town :-)

            1. re: dinaofdoom
              slowcoooked Oct 5, 2013 06:52 AM

              have you tried that cookie butter stuff, smooth or crunchy? It's a remarkably good product especially melted over good vanilla bean ice cream.

              1. re: slowcoooked
                Rptrane Oct 5, 2013 07:56 AM

                That's stuff is already available at other places. Sprouts, Central Market and Whole Foods carries variations of the product.

                1. re: slowcoooked
                  dinaofdoom Oct 6, 2013 01:17 PM

                  slowcooked, i can't have it (gluten) but got some for a friend. also, the tubs of burrata (2 balls for $5) can't be beat! the cheese prices alone are amazing and worth the drive, for me at least.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom
                    sqwertz Oct 20, 2013 10:33 PM

                    They have Roquefort - the king of cheeses - for $9.95/lb. Which is ridiculously low. CM and Hole Foods charge $28-$34. Even Costco is $9.50 for 11 ounces.

                    I picked up soem burrata but ended up trading it in for the St Andre. Next time...


                    1. re: sqwertz
                      TroyTempest Oct 21, 2013 07:58 AM

                      Is this the usual price? That is a great price

                      1. re: TroyTempest
                        dinaofdoom Oct 22, 2013 06:13 AM

                        they don't do sales, so i imagine it is.

                        i can't remember the exact pricing but the cambozola i got was about half what HEB charges (when i can even find it).

                        hope they can keep up with demand. when i went for my second visit, there was a bunch of stuff i wanted to stock up on, like the refrigerated packets of kim chee for $2, but they were out.

                        1. re: dinaofdoom
                          chispa_c Jan 3, 2014 07:41 AM

                          Therein lies my problem with Trader Joes...no guaranteed stock. They get deals, they sell the deals and then they are out, sometimes forever. If I'm going to a destination store like TJ's, I want them to have the items I've purchased before. Just not their model. I'll pass.

                          1. re: chispa_c
                            TroyTempest Jan 3, 2014 08:41 AM

                            Yes! I went to buy a Turkey for Xmas. They said no turkeys, for Xmas we are doing hams. Well, my kids wanted a turkey. Aaargh!

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              ieathereforeiam Sep 20, 2013 10:08 PM

              construction has begun in earnest over at titayas. hopefully not too long now.

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              1. re: ieathereforeiam
                PappyAustin Dec 9, 2013 03:46 PM

                Any report on a possible reopening date?

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                sqwertz Sep 22, 2013 02:16 PM

                The former Artz Rib House building seems to have been abducted by aliens. The now empty lot will supposedly be rebuilt as Abel's Rib House (possibly related to Abel's on the Lake and Cain and Abel? Same property owners)

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                1. re: sqwertz
                  rudeboy Sep 23, 2013 06:17 AM

                  Oh, that's good. I thought that "they" were going to tear the whole thing down and go vertical.

                  1. re: rudeboy
                    sqwertz Sep 23, 2013 04:36 PM

                    Oh, it's torn down for sure. I think the sign is the only thing left last I looked. But I don't think the lot is large enough for the City to require it go vertical (residential on top of retail).

                    It had to be torn down since any sort of remodeling would have meant it would have to be remodeled to current building codes. And It was a wreck, IMO.


                2. Alan Sudo Sep 24, 2013 03:06 PM

                  I know it's a chain, but the new Boneheads Grilled Fish and Chicken in Mueller opens tomorrow. (There's a coupon for $3 off on their website right now).

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                  1. re: Alan Sudo
                    sweet100s Sep 24, 2013 08:49 PM


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                      Alan Sudo Sep 25, 2013 09:43 AM

                      Here you go:

                  2. rudeboy Oct 5, 2013 09:42 PM

                    Talked to Sap today of Sap's Thai. He is opening a new location at Burnet and 2222. The menu will be a bit different. He has an aggressive schedule, but he is still working on permitting for the remodel. Where Pappy's was. Please support him when he opens.......you all know about that location.

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                    1. re: rudeboy
                      amysuehere Oct 6, 2013 07:39 AM

                      Yeah! That's even closer to home! I'll be there with bells on!

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                        ieathereforeiam Oct 6, 2013 05:53 PM

                        great news. hopefully when titayas reopens we have an embarrasment of riches in the hood. Mam's is a bit one dimensional in my opinion.

                        tough location indeed.

                        1. re: ieathereforeiam
                          rudeboy Oct 6, 2013 08:21 PM

                          I'd be interested to know about your Mam's opinion. I'm going to start another thread.

                        2. re: rudeboy
                          TroyTempest Oct 7, 2013 08:01 AM

                          So, will he be in that strip center next to the HEB? Lastly there was a BBQ place there i believe.

                          1. re: TroyTempest
                            rudeboy Oct 7, 2013 02:52 PM

                            Yeah - I hope Sap can overcome the curse......Romeo's was pretty successful there until the original owners sold the business. Other than that, Pancho's was there for a long time.

                            1. re: rudeboy
                              TroyTempest Oct 8, 2013 07:04 AM

                              Me too. I like Sap's, but don't make it down south much. The fact that Pancho's was there for a long time says something. What, I'm not exactly sure.

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                          sqwertz Oct 8, 2013 03:19 PM

                          Dan's Hamburgers on Manchaca and Ben White is gone. Poof! Just like Artz - It was there one day and gone the next.

                          A blurb on austin360 says they are closing for 8 weeks for "remodeling" and hope to reopen by Thanksgiving. I think they meant "rebuild", not "remodel".

                          In other news Nanking restaurant had a big fire last night. Southside Pizza had a smaller one (just caught those two blurbs on the news as I was writing this).


                          1. rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 07:18 AM

                            Just noticed that My Fit Foods is opening next to the HEB at 2222 and Burnet....for those of you trying to maximize your $ per calorie.

                            I was hoping that the former Blockbusters space would become "more HEB" or a specialty charcuterie/cheese place. Or a seafood market. But I'm sure that wouldn't sit well with HEB.

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                            1. re: rudeboy
                              ieathereforeiam Oct 14, 2013 11:31 AM

                              does heb own the whole development? i think i remember they do. i wonder if they recently invested in my fit foods- seems like every new heb has a my fit foods counter now. maybe this is in lieu of that since there wouldn't be room at that crappy heb.

                              1. re: ieathereforeiam
                                sqwertz Oct 14, 2013 11:59 AM

                                The original deal worked out with HEB in 2011 was for four in-store kiosks and a standalone store in an HEB-owned shopping center.

                                I'm pretty sure HEB owns most of the shopping centers in which they reside. I think one exception is William Cannon and First St.


                                1. re: ieathereforeiam
                                  rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 03:22 PM

                                  Yeah, I don't know - maybe they do, and they probably don't see My Fit Foods as a threat. For example, if you eat My FIt Foods a lot, you'd need to stop in HEB to get ice cream and potato chips on the same trip!

                                2. re: rudeboy
                                  dinaofdoom Oct 14, 2013 09:34 PM

                                  they put in a my fit foods after the remodel at parker/mcneil, which was a total bummer because they got rid of the hot and prepared food case.

                                  the new lakeline location has a cafe concept (kind of like the hot and cold stuff at whole foods, but HEB-ized) and no MFF. perhaps they are alternating concepts.

                                  our office had some complimentary my fit foods for a health-oriented seminar. it was AWFUL. salty and mealy yet flavorless despite the sodium.

                                  there are a few people in the office who buy all their meals from them, and i marvel at how much they're paying for a plastic container filled with a piece of cheese and a hard boiled egg (that's just one example).

                                  1. re: dinaofdoom
                                    rudeboy Oct 14, 2013 10:46 PM

                                    Yeah - we had the same office seminar. I went in and got the plug because I didn't have a lunch that day. They are big on parboiled rice....I thought that parboiled rice was just rice that was partially cooked, but it is much more than that. It has almost the same nutritional value as brown rice but it tastes better than brown rice (for some reason, I cannot stand brown rice). So, I just started using parboiled at home.

                                    I've been to that HEB and noticed the change in that aisle.


                                    1. re: dinaofdoom
                                      ieathereforeiam Oct 15, 2013 11:40 AM

                                      have y'all tried the mueller heb cafe? the rice bowls there are decent. better than the food at central market cafe at least.

                                      1. re: ieathereforeiam
                                        sweet100s Oct 15, 2013 09:12 PM

                                        HEB Mueller makes a delicious artichoke pesto pizza.

                                  2. rudeboy Oct 19, 2013 09:29 PM

                                    On my way to Hobby Lobby to pick up a Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish for my Prius, I noticed that a new place is opening on the N side of Anderson....where that store was that sold those great tamales with the fat masa. It says "Tortillaria and Taqueria." I think where Gault intersects Anderson. Maybe we will get lucky and have some good corn tortillas produced.

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                                    1. re: rudeboy
                                      Alan Sudo Oct 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                                      A Jesus fish eating a Darwin fish?!?!
                                      I always thought that was a christdarwin, the seafood equivalent of a turducken. Looks like I'm gonna have to pry mine off my tailgate and replace it with a little silver outline of a brisket.

                                      1. re: rudeboy
                                        amysuehere Oct 20, 2013 03:57 PM

                                        I've got a pirate-fish and an MX 5

                                        1. re: rudeboy
                                          TroyTempest Oct 21, 2013 08:01 AM

                                          I assume that you are talking about the mini mart where Oaxacan Tamaleo used to occupy half of it was. If so, i saw that, cool.

                                          1. re: rudeboy
                                            ssnclrk Dec 18, 2013 06:00 PM

                                            Wasn't that a gas station.

                                            1. re: ssnclrk
                                              TroyTempest Dec 19, 2013 06:55 AM

                                              Yes, Gas station / convenience store

                                          2. rudeboy Oct 19, 2013 09:33 PM

                                            I was hanging out at Kids and Cats today, so I took a peek inside the former Pappy's - there doesn't seem to be any movement on the new Sap's (HEB shopping center at 2222 and Burnet).

                                            And speaking of Hard Hat - here are some pix from when HEB was first build at Burnet and Koenig:

                                            Grand opening of HEB on Burnet in 1950

                                            The 7-11 at 2222 and Burnet:

                                            Another shot of HEB from old frisco parking lot:

                                            bunch of random pix in the root directory http://blueicehouse.com/n5ssi

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                                            1. re: rudeboy
                                              ieathereforeiam Oct 20, 2013 11:43 AM

                                              those are great pics. thanks for sharing.

                                              1. re: ieathereforeiam
                                                Rene Oct 20, 2013 02:37 PM

                                                I really enjoyed those pictures!

                                                1. re: Rene
                                                  rudeboy Oct 21, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                  Sure, glad that y'all liked the pix. I got them through my neighborhood listserv.

                                                  but, UPDATE: I saw giant asian artifacts and boxes with asian writing on them inside of the former Pappy's yesterday. Even some sort of statuary type thing. Looks like things are moving. Hope he doesn't spend too much on the remodel.

                                              2. re: rudeboy
                                                sweet100s Oct 21, 2013 10:45 PM

                                                Now who would have known that rudeboy is sentimenal. ;-).

                                                1. re: rudeboy
                                                  maripepa Dec 28, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                  drove by the former Pappy's, and the new thai place "Saps" still had the "Coming Soon" banner hanging, but the sign on the door said "Now Open". Yet another "soft opening" to which I wasn't invited?!!

                                                  1. re: maripepa
                                                    rudeboy Dec 30, 2013 05:47 AM

                                                    I walked in yesterday - there was no soft opening. Maybe the "Now Open" sign was for Pappy's?

                                                    1. re: rudeboy
                                                      amysuehere Dec 30, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                      So they ARE open. Good news, indeed.

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                                                  PappyAustin Oct 21, 2013 08:52 AM

                                                  Schmidt Family BBQ website says they are opening 10/28/13.
                                                  It is right at the NW corner of Hwy 71 and 620

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                                                    lodermulch Nov 8, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                    An Indo-Chinese place just opened on the drag where Hai Ky used to be - "Sauce N Spice". Looks interesting, but I've not been able to make it there yet.


                                                    1. amykragan Nov 11, 2013 07:32 AM

                                                      The League Kitchen & Tavern is going to open soon in Avery Ranch.

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                                                        ssnclrk Dec 18, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                        Does anyone know what is going in next to the Arby's on Ohlen/183. It's where the IHOP used to be.

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                                                          topeater Dec 23, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                          360 pizza is opening in South Austin where Mercury pizza used to be on S. Lamar and Kinney Ave. Anyone eaten at the other locations?

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                                                            amysuehere Dec 26, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                            It's right by my house (walking distance, actually) on 360/2222. I haven't been because of the reviews I've seen and the fact that they fooled me once when it changed from Quizno's to another sandwich shop, only to find the only thing that really changed was the name. If anyone knows otherwise, please chime in.

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                                                            foodiegal71 Dec 26, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                            Does anyone know what's going in where the Fuddrucker's on South Lamar was? It looks like it will have a patio...

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                                                              ampeg66 Dec 26, 2013 11:31 PM

                                                              I think it's this:

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                                                                heyzeus212 Jan 31, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                Drove by there yesterday, and there definitely is a banner up now saying it will be The Park.

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                                                              Carter B. Dec 28, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                              Cabo Bob's has opened a second location at the somewhat cursed intersection of 29th/Rio Grande. Not a bad burrito if you get the big green egg grilled meats (I don't care for their fried fish)

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                                                                maripepa Dec 30, 2013 05:58 AM

                                                                What is going on in the former laundromat next to Fonda san Miguel on Hancock? The whole outside has been beautifully mural-ized in Frida Kahlo-esque art and at the top it says "just wait". It looks awesome and I'm guessing the project is related to Fonda... just a guess. Maybe a Fondita Cantina!?!!! That would be cool!

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                                                                1. re: maripepa
                                                                  Rptrane Dec 30, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                  Thats some new hot shot restaurant. Too lazy to look it up but eater's had a few stories on it.

                                                                  1. re: Rptrane
                                                                    rudeboy Jan 4, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                    Funny, I saw that Frida Kahlo-esque mural when I went to a Dr. appt. across the street, Used to be a laundromat - I'll see what I can find out.

                                                                  2. re: maripepa
                                                                    heyzeus212 Jan 31, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                    "potential for a future project, but no specific plans."


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                                                                      rudeboy Jan 31, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                      I used to do my laundry there before I had my own machines......

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                                                                    jwynne2000 Dec 31, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                    In the shopping center at the intersection of Parmer and McNeil - "Coming Soon: Verts".

                                                                    Score. :)

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                                                                      dinaofdoom Jan 1, 2014 03:56 PM

                                                                      wow, i didn't see that and i pass by twice a day (at least). thanks for mentioning it! is it in the plaza with the whataburger, or the HEB?

                                                                      1. re: dinaofdoom
                                                                        jwynne2000 Jan 2, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                        It's in the plaza with the Whataburger, right next door to Eggroll Express

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                                                                          dinaofdoom Jan 3, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                          yeah, that's what i figured. the HEB plaza is a little too rough around the edges for that type of chain.

                                                                      2. re: jwynne2000
                                                                        Lovetroll Feb 5, 2014 09:32 PM

                                                                        Opening this Saturday the 8th. They're going to be giving out free food (1 entree per person) from 11am - 8pm.

                                                                        1. re: jwynne2000
                                                                          dinaofdoom Feb 6, 2014 06:49 PM

                                                                          it's open! and deeeeeelicious.
                                                                          so glad there are more and more options in the nabe.

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                                                                          Rptrane Dec 31, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                          New Green Mesquite BBQ in Round Rock near the Wal-Mart. It appears to be in that one cursed location. It's previously been a BBQ joint and something else in between. Don't know what.

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                                                                            Rptrane Jan 3, 2014 03:39 AM

                                                                            They also are opening a Green Mesquite in Round Rock. It's near the Walmart across from LaFrontera Never cared for their food but the wings are okay.

                                                                            1. Alan Sudo Jan 3, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                              While South Austin already has lots of Mexican food, it is about to get some great Tex-Mex as well. Amaya's Taco Village has just announced on their website that they are expanding into a new location at South Park Meadows. All I know so far is they say it's "Coming Soon" but I'm about to head over to the existing location for Happy Hour and will see if I can get any additional details.

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                                                                                hlk Jan 3, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                                SOMETHING GOOD IS COMING TO SOUTHPARK MEADOWS? It's a Festivus miracle!

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                                                                                jwynne2000 Jan 5, 2014 04:38 AM

                                                                                Sign up on Parmer, just east of Mopac near the Filipino store:

                                                                                Coming soon: Heaven Bakery

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                                                                                  SlickTheCat Jan 5, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                  Boardwalk Burgers on South Lamar close to the Broken Spoke, anybody been to one?

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                                                                                    Rptrane Jan 5, 2014 04:55 PM

                                                                                    There is one at Parmer and 35.. Fries are good and burgers are okay. If you can get a coupon its not a bad deal.

                                                                                  2. amykragan Jan 22, 2014 07:49 AM


                                                                                    A new Saps mid January

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                                                                                      TroyTempest Jan 22, 2014 08:27 AM

                                                                                      Well, we are past mid-January. Is it open?

                                                                                      1. re: TroyTempest
                                                                                        kosheri Jan 22, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                        As of the weekend, the sign out front still said coming soon.

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                                                                                          ieathereforeiam Jan 22, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                          i called yesterday and he was hoping to be open next week. Titaya's saturday!

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                                                                                      ieathereforeiam Jan 22, 2014 11:33 AM

                                                                                      Maudie's in the Triangle is now looking at a March opening. This is the second delay. originally was supposed to be late last year, then january...

                                                                                      I'm wondering what the problem is seeing as how it was a restaurant before that never saw heavy wear.

                                                                                      1. dinaofdoom Jan 27, 2014 05:26 PM

                                                                                        fire in the hole (wood fire pizza and craft beers) on main street in RR.

                                                                                        right behind it, coco's lounge. not sure what that will be but they are getting a liquor license.

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                                                                                          jwynne2000 Jan 28, 2014 02:55 PM

                                                                                          The Fire in the Hole website makes it look like a food truck kind of operation. Is this location in RR a brick and mortar? Did it look like it was open yet?

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                                                                                            dinaofdoom Jan 28, 2014 04:15 PM

                                                                                            definitely brick and mortar, but not ready for an opening, soft or otherwise. you can see the work when you peer inside the windows. probably needs a lot of ventilation and whatnot for the ovens.

                                                                                            it's at the intersection of 620/main/mays, with the greater austin allergy across the street on the main street side, and the sugarbritches shop across on the mays/620 corner.

                                                                                            the coco lounge place is basically around the corner, on the mays side.

                                                                                            speaking of downtown RR, curly's re-opens thursday, after their dining room expansion and fryer hood work. really enjoy that place.

                                                                                        2. girloftheworld Jan 27, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                          Phillip Speer of Uchiko is going to be opening ST. Phillips (named for the patron saint of bakers) in the old canoli joes on south lamar... it is going to be all house made breads ..pizza. sandwiches. re invented comfort foods

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                                                                                            ccaustin Jan 28, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                            Bullritos has opened in the old Qdoba location in the Arboretum. From the looks of their website, someone said "What happens if we combine Which-Which with Chipotle?"

                                                                                            1. dinaofdoom Jan 31, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                              according to the latest edition of community news, the austinville concept on 183 (near anderson mill and the ifly place) will add a soup peddler and papalote taco house later this year.

                                                                                              they really need to get better signage. i pass ifly all the time, and had no idea the amy's ice cream/bakery hybrid and phil's icehouse had finally opened.

                                                                                              amy's bakery menu:

                                                                                              and it's been a long time coming, too. 7 years! sheesh.

                                                                                              excited for soup peddler!

                                                                                              and here's a link to the south lamar location of papalote. i've never been.


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                                                                                              1. re: dinaofdoom
                                                                                                hlk Jan 31, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                                                Ooo, those are good ones. I like Papalote a lot.

                                                                                                1. re: hlk
                                                                                                  dinaofdoom Jan 31, 2014 09:00 PM

                                                                                                  their menu looks interesting, and not as silly-ily priced as the mighty bird also on 183

                                                                                              2. dinaofdoom Feb 3, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                sambet's cajun now has a trailer. it's parked right off the northbound 183 before the anderson mill intersection, shortly before the enterprise car rental (and the ifly/amy's ice cream/phil's ice house).

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                                                                                                  mollyjade Feb 3, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                  Tiny Pies is going into the old Lucky J's location on Burnet. The location seems unaccountably cursed since other restaurants in the area seem to do OK.

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                                                                                                  1. re: mollyjade
                                                                                                    rudeboy Feb 3, 2014 03:58 PM

                                                                                                    I remember the sandwich shop and Lucky J's. Both lasted for quite a while. Seating was limited, though. Maybe a a pie shop will do very well there, since it is mainly a pick up thing. Let's wish them luck!

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                                                                                                      Rptrane Feb 3, 2014 07:42 PM

                                                                                                      Lucky J's was awful food. Really bad stuff.

                                                                                                    2. TroyTempest Feb 9, 2014 02:07 PM

                                                                                                      Looks like Suzi's China Grill on Shoal Creek's remodel was more like a total demolition. The sign says re-opening in May.

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                                                                                                        rudeboy Feb 9, 2014 04:29 PM

                                                                                                        I noticed that on my way to Lowe's. Looks like a total gut. Are your sure that it is reopening?

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                                                                                                          TroyTempest Feb 9, 2014 08:12 PM

                                                                                                          No, not sure. I just read the sign outside. Don't see how by May.

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                                                                                                            ampeg66 Feb 9, 2014 09:07 PM

                                                                                                            Looks like she's building a small center to include the restaurant along with office/retail space. I remember reading about this, but the original story from 2012 made it sound like an addition or remodel, so I was also surprised to see it leveled.


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                                                                                                              rudeboy Feb 10, 2014 12:52 AM

                                                                                                              I always felt that Suzi's was "too saucy."

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                                                                                                              sqwertz Feb 21, 2014 03:50 AM

                                                                                                              Kinda like Dan's Hamburgers on Manchaca - said they'd be reopen before the holidays (when they tore it down in October). Looks almost ready to open, but not quite.

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                                                                                                              PappyAustin Apr 8, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                              It is now April and there is no sign of a new structure. Maybe they mean May 2015. I actually miss this place as it was my go to place for decent Chinese within 10 minutes of home.

                                                                                                              1. re: PappyAustin
                                                                                                                ieathereforeiam Apr 10, 2014 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                i've had good luck at shu shu for the typical american chinese standards.

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                                                                                                                  rudeboy Apr 10, 2014 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                  Totally agree (I may have mentioned it before). I really like Shu Shu's Singapore noodles. Not as much curry as some others, but you can request it to be curried up. They do get the "char" off of their woks that you can taste in the food. Much less "saucy" than Suzi's. When I went to Suzi's, I'd ask them to cut down on the sauce. But I'm looking forward to their new place.

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                                                                                                                  TroyTempest Apr 14, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                  Drove by yesterday. There is sign of a structure now. Foundation poured (could have been the old foundation), Steel frames up. The sigb clearly says May 2014, though i still don't see how.

                                                                                                              2. ret3 Feb 20, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                Word on the street (the street here being The Statesman) is that there will soon be a Kerbey Lane on Braker Lane (http://www.austin360.com/weblogs/the-...). I imagine it'll thin the weekend brunch crowd at Cafe Java a touch.

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                                                                                                                  verily Feb 24, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                  New restaurant called the Foxhole Culinary Tavern is coming to the Lakeline Target shopping center. Concept sounds similar to Cover 3.

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                                                                                                                    Rptrane Feb 24, 2014 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                    They moving into the Spin space?

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                                                                                                                      Rene Feb 25, 2014 05:22 AM

                                                                                                                      I couldn't believe it but they are moving into the Bennigans space which has been vacant for ten years it seems.

                                                                                                                  2. dinaofdoom Apr 8, 2014 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                    anyone heard anything on the arboretum trader joe's opening?

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