A modern Thai restaurant from the people who brought us La Condesa, Sway should be something special. Located next door to Elizabeth Street Café on S. 1st Street, it is considered to be one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the US, much less Austin. Their Facebook page says soon.
The updated Jeffrey’s
With Larry McGuire at the helm (Perla, Lambert’s, Elizabeth Street, Fresas), I suspect this Austin institution will retain the classic parts, overhauling the bits that need tweaking. A fall 2012 opening for Jeffrey’s is expected.
Chef Daniel Olivella, born in Barcelona and owner of Barlata and B44 in San Francisco, is looking to open up an Austin version of his tapas bar, Barlata. He wants it to have a neighborhood feel similar to that found in his native country. Opening date unknown.
Drew Curren (24 Diner, Easy Tiger) is opening a French Provencal restaurant in the old Austin Diner location on Burnet Road (near my hood). Burnet definitely needs more options and it sounds like there is great potential here. ARRO is supposed to open sometime this year.
East Side King brick and mortar (3 locations, 1 as yet unnamed)
Since this project is ever evolving, some of the details are sketchy, but the latest is that Paul Qui is opening an incarnation of East Side King in the old Hole in the Wall location on Guadalupe near campus, another on S. Lamar and an as yet unnamed flagship restaurant on East 6th. See if you can decipher the interview from Eater. Sounds like the trailers will be closed after the restaurants open. None of this will come to fruition until early 2013. Whatever happens, I’m in.
Franklin BBQ expansion
No, not another location, but a larger kitchen for Franklin BBQ is expected in the next six weeks or so and a to-go window, which should aid in cutting down that mega line.
Afield, the new cookbook from Dai Due's Jesse Griffiths
OK, it isn't a restaurant but this seems like something to look forward to since Jesse Griffiths and his team always produce such wonderful things; the cookbook will be no exception. Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish is available on September 18, 2012 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon. (Cathy)