Many Austin food lovers remember Lulu B’s as one of the first food operations to bring Vietnamese flavors to South Austin. Food truck founders and sisters Laura Bayer and Christina Gustavson ran the trailer on South Lamar Boulevard from 2008 to 2015, on the empty lot now home to Loro, drawing praise for their bánh mì sandwiches and dishes made from recipes of their Vietnamese mother.
The trailer briefly transitioned to a short-lived restaurant on South Congress Avenue before closing in 2016, but Bayer is back. She has joined downtown restaurant She’s Not Here as the restaurant’s head chef, and will replace the sushi-heavy menu with a roster of Southeast Asian dishes. While the menu will not be set till the end of this week, expect dishes like bánh mì, vermicelli bowls with proteins like chargrilled pork and lemongrass chicken, and rice plates with options like shaken beef and coconut green curry with vegetables.
In addition to the announcement of the Bayer hiring, the restaurant also announced that Page Pressley, who recently left McGuire Moorman Hospitality to start Choir Boys Hospitality with She’s Not Here owner Ben Cachila, will serve in an advisory and management role with the restaurant.