San Antonio is getting into the exporting business. Following the recent opening of Bakery Lorraine at Domain Northside, it was announced today that Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar, a Southeast Asian concept from San Antonio that specializes in VietCajun boils and street food, will open a location at Plaza Saltillo in East Austin next summer.
The restaurant, which started as VietCajun boil pop-up, is owned by UT graduates Sean Wen and Andrew Ho. VietCajun boils, popular in Houston for years, put a spin on Cajun seafood boils by adding aromatics common in Vietnamese and Thai food and toss the shrimp, crawfish and accoutrements in bags of rich, spicy garlic butter.
In addition to the boils, Pinch will also serve Southeast Asian-inspired bowls, Vietnamese chargrilled oysters, Vietnamese sandwiches and more. The San Antonio location has been named “Best Pop-Up Turned Brick & Mortar” by San Antonio Magazine. Read what the Express News' Mike Sutter had to say about the restaurant in his 2017 review.
Exact opening date and location for the Austin restaurant have not been announced.
“We launched Pinch by hosting small crawfish and shrimp boil pop-ups in San Antonio and then in Austin from time to time and the turnout was very humbling,” Wen said. “Making our way back to Austin seemed inevitable and we’re thrilled to bring our food, culture, and vibe into the city’s enriching food scene.”