Looking ahead: El Chilito to open on Burnet Road

The cochinita pibil taco (shredded pork with orange and achiote and pickled onions) from El Chilito on Manor Road.
The cochinita pibil taco (shredded pork with orange and achiote and pickled onions) from El Chilito on Manor Road.

El Chilito taco stand will open at 6425 Burnet Rd. in an old Church’s Chicken location on November 1. It will be the third El Chilito location, with another planned for Manchaca Road near Ben White Boulevard early next year. The Burnet Road location will serve the same menu as the two East Austin restaurants located on Manor Road and East Seventh Street (also a former Church’s).

 

Now open: Shake Shack at the Domain

Shake Shack is now open at the Domain.
Shake Shack is now open at the Domain.

Shake Shack opened at 11228 Domain Drive in the Domain. It is the second Austin location of the New York City-based powerhouse. The restaurant serves burgers, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, shakes and more. The first location, which regularly draws lines out the door, opened at Lamar Union earlier this year. The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 0 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Now open: Vietnamese crawfish at Northcross and Indian/Nepalese on North Lamar

The Austin location of a Houston original is now open at Northcross Mall shopping center. (PRNewsFoto/LA Crawfish)
The Austin location of a Houston original is now open at Northcross Mall shopping center. (PRNewsFoto/LA Crawfish)

Houston-based La Crawfish opened a franchise location at 2525 Anderson Ln. in the Northcross Mall shopping center. The restaurant specializes in Vietnamese crawfish. The rich and spicy boiled crawfish (and shrimp and crab) come flavored with Cajun, garlic butter or hot & sour spices. La Crawfish also serves pho, po’boys, a variety of chicken wings, and more. (No website)

Indian and Nepalese restaurant Bombay to Kathmandu Kitchen opened at 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. (just north of Rundberg Lane). The restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner, serves tandoori meat dishes, naan, Nepalese specials like chicken chhoila, and more. (bombaytokathmandu.com)

East Side King opens in the heart of Sixth Street downtown

The fifth location of East Side King opened on Wednesday in a bar called The Four Horsemen on Sixth Street downtown. Photo from @eastsideking.
The fifth location of East Side King opened on Wednesday in a bar called The Four Horsemen on Sixth Street downtown. Photo from @eastsideking.

East Side King has opened its newest location inside The Four Horsemen, a bar at 310 E. Sixth St. downtown.

The popular Asian eatery from Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya now has five locations, three of which are also associated with bars, including the Liberty, Hole in the Wall and Whislers. (They also have a standalone location on South Lamar Boulevard.)

The location quietly opened today at 4 p.m. with the only announcement coming from a post on East Side King’s Instagram

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Bon Appetit names Austin restaurant one of 10 best new restaurants in the country

Dai Due, Butcher Shop and Supper Club, owned by Chef Jesse Griffiths, opened at their new location at 2406 Manor Rd. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Dai Due, Butcher Shop and Supper Club, owned by Chef Jesse Griffiths, opened at their new location at 2406 Manor Rd.
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Bon Appetit has named Austin locavores Dai Due the 6th best new restaurant in the country. The news comes just days after the Dai Due restaurant and butcher shop celebrated its first year in business and a couple of weeks before Dai Due, which started as a Farmers Market favorite, marks its 9th anniversary as a business. Bon App restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton gives praise to the butcher shop, the local ethos, and the resourcefulness of chef-owner Jesse Griffiths. He also shares with readers how to make the perfect chicken. Read the complete entry in the top 10 here.

Read my 2014 review of Dai Due here.

P. Terry’s now allowing pedestrians to use drive-thru windows at drive-thru-only locations

(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

P. Terry’s will now let pedestrians have access to the drive-thru windows at their three drive-thru only locations. Terrence Henry of KUT first reported the news regarding P. Terry’s compliance with City of Austin code  “25-2-813 Drive-Through Facility,” which states: “A business that has a drive-through facility but does not have walk-in service must provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians to the drive-through facility.”

Terry’s owner Patrick Terry said he had already offered the service on an “on-again, off-again basis” to pedestrians at the three locations where there is only a drive-thru window and no specific walk-up window or indoor seating.

“Instead of doing it on a sporadic basis, we will do it at all times now,” said Terry, who acknowledged he was not aware of the specific code until it was brought to his attention.

Pedestrians at the drive-thru only locations will place their order at the window, and Terry says the locations have “already marked off an area” where the customers can wait. Terry said the restaurant’s intention is to keep pedestrians and cars away from one another.

The Ben White Boulevard, 8515 Burnet Rd., and 12018 Reserach Blvd. locations are the only drive-thru only locations in the local chain.

Public transportation advocate Jace Deloney brought attention to the issue yesterday on Twitter.

Deloncey initially seems happy to the response Terry issued to Henry.

Nutty Brown Cafe moving to Round Rock; Z’Tejas gets new owners

Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Longtime South Austin restaurant and music venue the Nutty Brown Café announced on Twitter that it will move to McNeil Park in Round Rock in 2017. Nutty Brown, which sits on a site recently purchased by HEB, will continue in its current location through 2016, and ownership thanked the Texas grocer for its cooperation and generosity in allowing the café to stay put through next year.

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Members of the Iron Cactus ownership group and commercial real estate investment company the Stone Group have purchased Z’Tejas, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, according to Statesman business reporter Gary Dinges.

“We’d like to assure guests and employees that Z’Tejas will continue to remain a staple of the local community,” Iron Cactus general partner Gary Manley said in a written statement.

For the complete story, visit Statesman.com.