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Openings: Benji’s Cantina opening downtown, Foodie Kids expands

Addie Broyles

Opening Friday: Benji’s Cantina, an upscale Tex-Mex restaurant at 716 W. Sixth St. from operating partner Geoff Freeman and the group behind Kung Fu Saloon and the Brew Exchange. Chef Blake Keely, formerly of the Roaring Fork and the UT Club, oversees the “farm-to-table” menu, which features Tex-Mex staples including enchiladas, chile rellenos, tacos (crispy and puffy) on house-made tortillas and fajitas by the pound. Keely is sourcing many of the ingredients from local farms, including pasture-raised chickens from Vital Farms. The two-story restaurant, which also has a rooftop patio with a dining area and bar, is open for dinner and plans to add lunch and brunch service in coming months. (512) 476-8226,

Moved: Foodie Kids, the cooking and kitchen shop run by Austin cookbook author Barbara Beery, has moved into a new home at 3818 Far West Blvd., just a few doors down from its original location. The new space has allowed Beery to expand the number of hands-on classes, parties and summer camps she can host for kids as young as 3, as well as the variety of drop-in sessions at the “makery,” where kids can assemble pizzas and decorate cupcakes. To celebrate the new location, Beery is hosting a grand opening party from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2. For more details about Foodie Kids, go to

Open: DFG Noodles, a new trailer on 74 Rainey St. from chef Cheryl Chin, who grew up in Singapore and is serving Southeast Asian noodles and other dishes including Malay bread with chicken curry and potatoes, stir-fried vermicelli and soy-glazed pork belly. 512-745-0533,

Open: WuWu Sushi, a restaurant at 1407 E. Seventh St. serving sushi rolls, Asian-fusion dishes, local beer, wine and cocktails. 512-828-6919,

Open: Freebirds World Burrito, the fast casual burrito restaurant that started in California and now has almost 100 locations across the country, has opened the newest Central Texas location at 8300 RM 620 North. (512) 996-9734, freebirds.comh

Open: Patrizi’s, a trailer at the Vortex, 2307 Manor Road, from Nic Patrizi inspired by a restaurant that his family owned for 60 years. 713-822-9031,