Restaurateur Shawn Cirkiel has already staked claim to part of downtown with Parkside and Backspace, and he will add to his collection of businesses in January when he opens Jugo Fresh at 603 Brazo St.
Jugo Fresh will serve fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, packaged snacks, hot items and salads at the space just a block down from the Texas bistro and raw bar he opened in 2008. The juice bar will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Jugo Fresh joins Daily Juice (205 W. Third Street) and Juiceland (120 E. Fourth St.) in the downtown juice game.
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“a person of interest was arrested by Pflugerville PD on an unrelated warrant and that person is being questioned by APD regarding the ESP reports. However, there are no charges at this time and no information is being released regarding the person of interest.”
The Opal Divine’s family will be shrunk by half at the end of the year, as Opal Divine’s Penn Field (3601 S. Congress Ave.) will close after business on December 31. The restaurant and bar opened in the development off South Congress Avenue in 2005. The owners cite high rent and expenses for the closing along with some commentary about the changing entertainment landscape in the city.
“Austin’s ‘Keep Austin Weird’ fascination is fading into a search for the latest and greatest new restaurant/bar/concept and the Parkers feel it is time to let this location pass on,” Opal’s said in a release.
The owners of Vox Table didn’t have to look far for a location for their second concept. They opened casual Tex-Mex restaurant El Burro in the Lamar Union complex (1100 S. Lamar Blvd.) last week, just steps from their Modern American restaurant.
Vox Table chef Joe Anguiano also serves as the executive chef of El Burro, which focuses on Tex-Mex staples like enchiladas, fajitas and tacos. The appetizer section features dishes like grilled Mexican street corn, queso fundido, ceviche tostadas and glazed pork ribs.
Expect margaritas, Mexican martinis and other tequila-based cocktails at the restaurant that also offers outdoor patio seating with a view of Lamar. El Burro is open for dinner daily starting at 5 p.m. (elburroatx.com)
Isla is getting a South American upate. The Warehouse District has dabbled in the flavors and style of the Caribbean since owner Rob Pate (Peche) took over the space formerly occupied by Pleasant Storage Room about two years ago, but it is turning its sights toward the flavors of the South American culinary capital.
Chef Julio-Cesar Flórez, a Peruvian native who is the chef behind Llama’s Peruvian trailer downtown, has joined the restaurant to redirect the menu. Peruvian cuisine takes influences from across the globe, and the new menu reflects that, with dishes grilled meat and veggie skewers, ceviche with leche de tigre, squid ink risotto, and rotisserie chicken. Flórez, who has also worked at Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and Hyde Park Bar & Grill, most recently served as the chef at the now-shuttered Malaga.
Pate said the bar program, which be led by Shane Paule, will have an “island-inspired vibe,” with obvious nods to the popular pisco drinks of South America. Isla (208 W. Fourth St.) is open for dinner Monday-Saturday, with happy hour starting at 4 p.m. on weekdays.