Happenings: Fall 2015 Austin Restaurant Openings, Part I

2015 has already proved to be a banner year for new restaurants, having already welcomed a slew of hotspots such as Launderette, Shake Shack, Dai Due, and more. And with new spots continuing to pop up everywhere you turn, Austin’s restaurant scene shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, which makes keeping track of where to eat no easy feat.

To help guide you along your eat, drink, and be merry little way, here’s a list of new restaurants opening in Fall 2015. I’ve already given you the lowdown on one new spot, Juniper (mentioned here), with more to come as I work through the list!

Fall 2015 Austin Openings: Café No Sé

Fall 2015 Austin Openings: Café No Sé

Wu Chow (Downtown)

The long awaited Wu Chow opened its downtown doors earlier this month. Wu Chow’s mouthwatering menu includes authentic dishes inspired by the eight different styles of Chinese regional cuisine. The restaurant is currently open for dinner Monday through Saturday, with plans to begin lunch and weekend Dim Sum service in the coming weeks.

Wu Chow, 500 West 5th Street, Austin TX 78701 (IBC Bank Building). Open for dinner Monday through Thursday 5-10pm and Friday & Saturday 5-11pm; Lunch Monday through Friday (coming soon) 11am-3pm; Dim Sum on Sunday from 11am-3pm.

Emmer & Rye (Rainey Street area)

Contemporary American restaurant Emmer & Rye opened its Rainey Street doors this past weekend. Helmed by executive chef Kevin Fink, whose impressive resume includes stints at Noma and French Laundry, Emmer & Rye plans to serve rustic, seasonally inspired cuisine in two unique ways. Guests can either choose to take the more traditional route by ordering off of the full menu of small plates, pastas and larger entrees or, alternatively, select dishes from one of the dim sum style carts circulating throughout the dining room. Both the dim sum offerings and main menu will be updated weekly in order to create dishes from only the best local ingredients.

Emmer & Rye, 51 Rainey Street, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78701. 512.366.5530. Dinner service runs Tuesday – Wednesday from 5-10pm, Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-12am; brunch and dinner on Sunday from 10am-8pm.

Burn Pizza (East Austin)

Burn, the latest concept from Dunlap ATX (Lustre Pearl/Clive/Mettle), opened in at the end of October, bringing a little bit of old world to ever changing East Austin. Burn’s menu centers on authentic Roman-style pizzas (think thin, crispy crust) as well as other Italian favorites such as pork and beef sugo lasagna and pasta carbonara. In addition to the eats, Burn offers craft cocktails, local brews, and an Italian wine selection. Open daily from 5pm, with happy hour specials from 5-7pm.

Burn, 1802 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702. 512.609.8174. Open daily from 5pm-midnight.

Al Fico (East Austin)

The team behind Vino Vino recently opened Italian eatery Al Fico. The new restaurant will offer an osteria-inspired menu includes antipasta, housemade pastas, pizzas, and tons of seafood as well as an all-Italian wine list. Al Fico joins a growing list of Italian restaurants opening around town, which also includes new favorites Juniper (mentioned here), Italic, and Juliet.

Al Fico, 1700 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78702. 512.469.9400. Dinner served nightly from 6-10pm.

Unit-D Pizzeria (Cherrywood)

Manor Road works to solidify its footing as the culinary destination of the eastside with the addition of Unit-D Pizzeria. Featuring a hand crafted pizza oven imported from Naples, Unit-D specializes in Neapolitan style pizzas created using locally source, artisan ingredients. In addition to wood fire pies, the menu includes small plates, cheese & charcuterie, and salads. Beer and wine only.

Unit-D Pizzeria, 2406 Manor Road, Unit D, Austin TX 78722. 512.524.1922. Open for dinner daily at 5pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

Bullfight (Airport Blvd.)

Parkside/Backspace chef Shawn Cirkiel ventured out of downtown for his restaurant group’s latest venture, Bullfight. Offerings at the Spanish restaurant, located on Airport, include cured meats, paella, and inspired tapas as well as sangria, cocktails, and an all-Spanish wine list. Bullfight is open nightly beginning at 5pm, with happy hour offered until 6:30pm.

Bullfight, 4807 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. 512.474.2029. Dinner daily at 5pm.

Café No Sé (South Congress)

One of the fall’s biggest openings is, of course, the new South Congress Hotel and its adjoining restaurant, Café No Sé. The all-day café offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch as well as a small snack menu in the hotel lobby bar. Expect Café No Sé to quickly become a favorite for ladies who lunch (and brunch) with its light, fresh California-inspired cuisine.

The aptly named South Congress Hotel also promises to be its very own dining destination as Café No Sé is the first of four planned eateries opening at the posh hotel. American bar and grill Central Standard, juice and coffee bar Mañana, and Paul Qui’s Tokyo-inspired tasting room Otoko will join the café in the coming months.

Café No Sé, 1603 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. 512.942.2061. Open Sunday through Wednesday 1am-10pm and Thursday through Saturday 7am-midnight.



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