Odam: Stiles Switch team has cooked up a new concept

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Odam: Stiles Switch team has cooked up a new concept

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Owner Shane Stiles and pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick of Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew have a new concept planned for Austin’s western suburbs. Thao Nguyen for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Residents of Austin’s western suburbs are in for a treat. The owners of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in North Austin are building a second concept that will be in the Belterra Village development off US 290 at Nutty Brown Road. The restaurant won’t be “Stiles Switch 2,” according to the owners, but will expand on the current menu and add Southern cuisine via a menu designed in collaboration with one of the city’s best chefs, Lenoir owner Todd Duplechan.

The pit crew will continue to be led by lead pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick and include Stiles Switch BBQ veterans Andy Stapp, Alanmykal Jackson and Bill Dumas. The restaurant is slated for a fall 2017 opening.

“This is an exciting time for us. With this new concept we are getting the opportunity to use our creativity in building this location from the ground floor. Our goal is to continue pushing the limits of our culinary and pit room talents rooted in Central Texas craft-style barbecue, while adding a new layer of creativity in our kitchen with both Southern and regionally influenced cuisine compliments. There is so much we are planning for this location so we’ll keep a little to ourselves for now, but be prepared to be entertained,” owner-operator Shane Stiles said.

Now open

Vegetarian and vegan restaurant and bar Citizen Eatery opens Friday at 5011 Burnet Road (corner of Hancock Drive). The restaurant from couple Michael and Aimee Moyer will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature primarily plant-based, locally sourced and organic food, along with a full bar.

Chef Jason Sales will helm the kitchen and oversee a menu that includes items like poached eggs atop crispy fried veggie noodles and wilted seasonal greens; avocado, mushroom and spinach toast; vegan Bolognese and noodles; and a selection of veggie burgers that includes the Citizen Burger, a wood-smoked patty with white beans, grain mix, kale and spices.

The bar will offer cocktails made with cold-pressed organic juices and spirits, house-made botanical syrups, tea infusions, Kombucha, herbs and more.

The restaurant will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (citizeneatery.com)

After about a seven-year absence, Baby Greens has returned to give Austinites another healthy fast-food option. Sharon Mays, who closed Baby Greens in 2009, opened a new double drive-thru location Tuesday at 1508 W. Anderson Lane. The restaurant, which is open for both lunch and dinner, serves wraps and salads, like the Rainbow Salad, a mix of greens, purple cabbage, carrots, avocado, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and feta cheese. Baby Greens is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and until 6 p.m. Saturdays. (eatbabygreens.com)

Staffing news

First things first: I owe an apology to chef Jessica Cak. I name-checked her in my write-up of Vino Vino in this year’s Austin360 Dining Guide (the restaurant from Jeff Courington and Kelly Bell ranked #22), but I got her first name wrong. I have no idea where I came up with the name Stephanie, but I apologize.

Now, on to the business at hand. After my guide came out over the weekend, I discovered that Cak had left her position as executive chef at the wine bar and bistro. She and her husband, pastry chef Steven Cak, decided to move back home to Minneapolis.

“Austin has been great for us, but I need to be closer to my family right now,” Cak said. “We will miss Austin a lot.”

Chef Jason Dodge, a longtime Austin industry veteran with a resume that includes Vespaio, Cherry Street and Peche, has replaced Cak.

Progress report

The wheels of progress can be slow moving at times, as the folks at Home Slice Pizza can attest. The owners of the popular pizzeria on South Congress Avenue announced in September of last year that they were planning to open a location at 501 E. 53rd St. After a long wait, the Home Slice folks were granted a conditional use permit last week. Next up: actual building permits, with construction hopefully starting in December. What does this mean for diners? Co-owner Jen Strickland said the team is targeting a spring opening.

Closed

American comfort food restaurant Fore closed in Lakeway, according to a note on the restaurant’s website. The restaurant, which opened five years ago, cited a decline in business and the recent saturation of the marketplace as its main reasons for closing.

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