Central Austin’s long wait for some of the best New York-style pizza in Texas is almost over.
Home Slice Pizza announced this morning that it would officially open its 501 E. 53rd St. location to the public on May 30. As previously reported, in addition to the menu items at the original location, the new Home Slice will serve square Sicilian-style pizza every night, along with Buffalo wings (co-founder Jen Strickland is a Western New York native) and a full bar. There is also ample parking, as anyone who has passed by the location has seen. Home Slice will offer dine-in and take-out service (512-707-7437) and be open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
While the restaurant won’t officially open until the end of May, the restaurant today started soft-open service, meaning the restaurant is open with limited seating and limited take-out as they perfect service in their new kitchen.
Apisaksiri will initially operate the restaurant under the name Krua, though he says he will eventually change the name. The restaurant will be remain an upmarket spot with a modern take on Thai cuisine, offering dishes with a wider range of proteins than Sap’s, as well as more seafood dishes. The revamped Krua will serve lunch and dinner daily. Krua closed recently after fewer than six months in business.
Fojtasek, whose Olamaie has earned top restaurant honors in the city from the Statesman two of the last three years, will take his same farm-to-table approach to the all-day restaurant, bakery and take-away located in the indoor-outdoor market at 4329 S. Congress Ave.
Simplicity and sustainability will be the hallmarks of the locally sourced ingredients used to build a menu that will include classic Southern meat-and-three dishes, sandwiches, baked goods as Sothern staples like and biscuits and gravy. Yes, Olamaie-level biscuits available all day. Mignette will also sell packaged meals for grab-and-go convenience.
“Mignette, another restaurant with a family name, will be sunny and fun, but also soulful and delicious,” Fojtasek said in a statement. “It’s a chance for the team to let our hair down and play with the same ingredients and ideas of Olamaie, but in a light and casual way. St. Elmo Marketplace is going to be a special place. I can’t wait to work in Austin’s version of the San Francisco Ferry Building.” For more on St. Elmo Public Market, head to MyStatesman.com.
Chef James Holmes’ short-lived run with Lucy’s on the Fly on South Lamar, an extension of his Lucy’s Fried Chicken brand, will come to an end this weekend, as the longtime Austin chef says goodbye to the space at which he has operated a restaurant for 10 years. Holmes says he was unable to renew the lease at the space at 2403 S. Lamar Blvd., where he first opened Olivia in 2008, a fine dining restaurant that was at the forefront of the farm-to-table wave of upmarket dining that came to Austin over the last 10-15 years.
Lucy’s on the Fly will close Sunday, but with that shutter comes news of a new location for Holmes fried chicken restaurant that got its start off South Congress Avenue in 2011. Lucy’s Fried Chicken plans to open in June at 401 E. Whitestone Blvd. A-108, in the the Railyard complex. Holmes will have more details, including opening date, in the weeks to come.
Chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto, the owners of popular ramen shops Ramen Tatsu-ya and James Beard award Best New Restaurant semifinalist have confirmed they have signed a lease for the restaurant at 1600 E. Sixth St. that previously housed Paul Qui restaurants Qui and Kuneho.
They have not said what the concept will be or when it will be open, but given that the space is fully built out already, I wouldn’t expect the wait to be terribly long.
The chefs recently announced they have also signed a lease at 7301 Burnet Road for another unannounced concept.