Austin Restaurant Openings Forecast, Part II: Bold-Faced Names and Upscale Eats

As 2013 winds down and we look forward to 2014, it’s time once again for a round up of the latest and greatest new additions to the Austin dining scene as well as a few newcomers to look forward to in the coming months. Go ahead and scratch any future New Year’s resolutions to go on that diet because we’ve got a lot of eating to do…

Part I available here.

Get your chicken fried egg on at Odd Duck

Get your chicken fried egg on at Odd Duck

The Bold Faced Names
Odd Duck – Opened in South Austin December 2013
Almost three years to the date of beginning service at his much-lauded Barley Swine restaurant, Chef Bryce Gilmore has opened his second brick and mortar restaurant in South Austin. Inspired by the food truck that started it all, Odd Duck will feature a rotating menu of inventive comfort dishes created from strictly local, seasonal ingredients. Lower in price and bigger in size, Odd Duck should serve as the slightly more approachable brother to Barley Swine. The ah-mazing menu includes the return of such favorites as the Chicken Fried Chicken Egg pictured above (and described here). Odd Duck, located at 1201 South Lamar, is now serving dinner 7 nights a week.

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Noble Sandwich Co. – North Central in Early 2014
After announcing its expansion plans earlier this year, the hotly anticipated central location of Noble Sandwich Co. will open on 49th and Burnet in early 2014. Known for ridiculously good sandwiches crafted from fresh breads, house cured meats, and from-scratch spreads and vegetables, the second outpost will also feature beer, wine, charcuterie and more.

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Chavez – Opens Downtown in Winter 2014
Chef Shawn Cirkiel & co. (parkside/backspace/Olive & June) will be opening the southwestern inspired Chavez restaurant at the completely revamped Radisson Hotel in January 2014. Chavez’s future space, formerly home to TGIFriday’s, is currently being overhauled to reflect the Radisson’s new direction as well as to capitalize on the location’s exceptional views of Lady Bird Lake.

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Laundrette/Angry Bear – Opens South Austin Summer 2014
After Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki abruptly departed La Condesa and Sway Thai earlier this fall, the rumor mill was churning with buzz that the duo was cooking up something amazing for Austin. Since that time, it has been announced that the James Beard nominated chefs have teamed up with Fresa’s owners Margaret Vera and Tracy Overath to launch a pair of eateries off South Lamar in summer 2014. As detailed in an interview with Texas Monthly, plans include Laundrette, an upscale café and grocery, and Angry Bear, a Szechaun takeout spot.

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Wu Chow – Opens Downtown Late 2014
The team behind downtown favorite Swift’s Attic recently announced plans for a second concept to open in late 2014. The new restaurant, called Wu Chow, will serve ‘authentic, modern Chinese cuisine’ from its space located in the forthcoming IBC building near Republic Square Park. In developing the concept, Wu Chow GM and co-owner C.K. Chin drew inspiration from his own Chinese roots and plans to feature dishes that blend his traditional family recipes with the modern face of Chinese cuisine today. Mouthwatering already…

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Best of the Rest/Upscale Eats

Olamaie – Opens North Downtown Winter 2014
Following a series of pop up dinners around town, the hotly anticipated Olamaie is expected to open its doors on 16th & San Antonio in the early days of 2014. The restaurant, which will specialize in ‘five generations of Southern food’, is the project of three industry vets whose friendship traces back to their culinary school days. Stay tuned to Olamaie updates here.

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LaV – Opens in East Austin Winter 2014
Speaking of long-awaited openings, French/Mediterranean restaurant LaV is expected to launch imminently. After popping up at various events around town in early 2013, LaV’s team opened Say LaV, a trailer version of the forthcoming restaurant, over the summer. However, Say LaV recently closed to allow LaV to prepare for its launch in early 2014. LaV will be located at 1501 East 7th Street, Austin, TX 78702.
 
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Due Forni – Opened Downtown December 2013
Las Vegas’s favorite pizza restaurant Due Forni opened earlier this month in the historic Littlefield Building on 6th & Brazos. Known for specializing in both Roman and Neapolitan-style pizzas in addition to having an extensive wine list, Due Forni is a must visit during lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Due Forni, 106 East 6th Street, Austin TX 78701.

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Pleasant Storage Room – Opens Downtown Winter 2013/14
The Caribbean-inspired Pleasant Storage Room plans to open mid December/early January – just in time to help melt those winter blues away. Located in the former Stack Burger space on 4th & Lavaca, Pleasant Storage Room’s executive chef Paul Hargrove (formerly of East Side Showroom and TRACE) will serve ‘island-inspired small plates’ while the cocktail program will center around rum punch. Take a look inside the space here and stay tuned to Pleasant’s progress here.

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Capital Grille – Opens Downtown TBD 2014
Capital Grille (not to be confused with the Capitol Grill) is expected to finally open in the old Spaghetti Warehouse location on 4th and Colorado after announcing its plans at the tail end of 2011. Following renovations, the Capital Grille is expected to occupy the bottom portion of the expansive space while a Vegas-based sushi restaurant is rumored to be moving in upstairs.

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