A beloved South Austin food-and-beverage institution, as well as live music venue and generally sweet hang, Whip In has been purchased by new owners.
The Topiwala family, which founded the Whip-In in 1986, has sold the business to Zahir Prasla of Austin’s Quickie Pickie Group. Prasala intends to serve a similar wine and beer selection, while introducing a new food menu with a London-style curry house/pub theme that will deviate from some of the Indian-Texas fusion dishes of Whip-In’s past, according to a release. The restaurant will also return its Sunday brunch. Live music will continue, and new owners plan to expand the grocery selection.
Renovations are slated for the dining room in an effort to ease flow, and there will be multiple bathrooms available, but new owners hope to keep the “same relaxed, funky atmosphere and vibe that has made it an Austin institution.”
Extended hours and weekday breakfast are also in the plans, but no details have been released as yet.
According to Facebook, it appears Dipak Jay Chopiwala, whose family opened Whip In in 1986, slowly transforming it from an ordinary gas station into a multi-cultural convenience store, beer bar, wine garden, restaurant and music venue, has opened Indian fusion truck Lotus Joint and has plans for a Cosmic Coffee and Beer Garden in South Austin. We’ve reached out for more details on those two ventures.