Opening Saturday: John Mueller Meat Co., the newest trailer from famed pitman John Mueller, who most recently was serving his signature smoked meats from a trailer on South First Street. After splitting ways from his sister, who now runs LA Barbecue at that location with John Lewis in charge of the pits, Mueller is putting down roots at 2500 E. Sixth St., at the corner of East Sixth and Pedernales next to the longtime beer joint Kellee’s Place. Starting this weekend, he’ll be serving his tried-and-true ‘cue and sides, including potato salad, a new honey mustard cole slaw and Mueller’s cheesy baked squash that you won’t find anywhere else. Also new is a jalapeño boudin, but all the other meats are Mueller signatures: beef short ribs, brisket, sausage, pork ribs, pork shoulder, turkey and, on Fridays and Saturdays, prime rib. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. until the meat runs out. johnmuellermeatco.com
Opening Thursday: Blackfinn Ameripub at the Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, the first Austin location of the casual restaurant chain that also has locations in places including St. Louis, Houston and Jacksonville, Fla. The menu features a variety of "craveable American foods" including burgers, pastas, flatbreads and entrees such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf and ahi tuna stir fry, as well as cocktails, wines and more than 100 beers. Open for lunch, dinner and Saturday and Sunday brunch. 836-3466, blackfinnameripub.com
Open: Zack’s American Bistro, a locally owned restaurant from Bryan Cromwell and Tracy Shinsel at 5145 RM 620 North in in Steiner Ranch, that serves burgers, panini, pastas, grilled and pan-seared fish from chef Brian Milne for lunch and dinner, as well as breakfast and brunch items on Saturdays and Sundays. 266-9787, zacksbistro.com
Open: Dumpling Happiness, the newest trailer (dumplinghappiness.com) to join the Austin Food Park, 30 N. Interstate 35, next to the Holiday Inn Town Lake. Other trailers on site include CJs Big Boy BBQ, A touch of Fire/Ice, Forever Yogurt and Crucitas Kitchen. austinfoodpark.com
Open: Tuk Tuk Thai Café, the newest Thai restaurant in the building at 5517 Manchaca Road, which has formerly housed M. Thaitown and Subsin’s. 326-1619
Reopening this week: After closing its downtown location in 2001, Marakesh Cafe & Grill is reopening this week at 3301 Steck Ave. with its signature Middle Eastern dishes, as well as new favorites, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. 476-7735
Closed, for now: Lick it Bite it Or Both, the cupcake bakery at 11101 Burnet Road.
Chef change: Gusto Italian Kitchen has hired Bologna native Mattia Lambertini as its new executive chef.