Openings/closings: El Chile moving to S. First, Donn’s Bar-B-Que opens
Moving: El Chile is moving to 1816 S. First St., the former longtime of La Reyna. After a restaurant project called Sofi’s stalled, the El Chile team, including chef Jeff Martinez, jumped on the chance to move to a building that will double the seating capacity of the restaurant that first opened on Manor Road in 2003, says owner Carlos Rivero. The restaurant group, which also runs El Chilito and Flat Top Burger Shop on Manor Road, is considering a number of concepts for the former El Chile location, including a Peruvian Cafe, Rivero says, and they hope to open the new location by the end of the month. elchilecafe.com
Open: Donn’s Bar-B-Que, the second location of the barbecue restaurant on FM 969 east of Austin. Donn’s #2 is opening in the former Kettle Restaurant location at 2617 S. Interstate 35 sometime this week. (512) 928-0229, donns-bbq.com
Open: Houndstooth Coffee, the second location of the boutique coffee bar that also serves beer, wine and pastries, located inside the Frost Bank Tower, 401 Congress Ave. In a twist on what you’ll find at the original location on North Lamar Boulevard, the new location will host special food events with table service on the weekends. houndstoothcoffee.com
Open: Elevation Burger, the third Austin-location of the burger restaurant that serves organic ingredients, including grass-fed beef, at 10611 Research Blvd., which was formerly Terra Burger. (512) 340-0029, elevationburger.com
Open: Whisler’s, a cocktail bar at 1816 E. Sixth St., the former Rabbit’s Lounge reimagined by owner Scranton Twhoey, the former Director of Operations for Rainey St.’s Lustre Pearl, Clive and Bar 96. No website.
Open: Taco Shack, the ninth area location of the homegrown taqueria from owners Orlando and Yoli Arriaga at 12233 RM 620 N. (512) 258-7500, tacoshack.com
Open: 360 Pizza, a locally owned pizzeria at 6203 N. Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway) next to Waterloo Ice House serving New York-style pizza by the slice or by the pie, as well as calzones, salads, antipasti and sub sandwiches. The restaurant also offers a gluten-free crust. (512) 428-4788, atxpizza.com
Opening today: Little Greek, the first Central Texas location of the Greek restaurant that has locations in Dallas and Tampa Bay, Fla. The eatery at 2422 RM 620 South near Lakeway will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. mylittlegreek.com
Opening Thursday: Torchy’s Tacos, the ninth Austin-area location of the popular taco restaurant at 2150 E. Palm Valley Blvd. torchystacos.com
Closing today: Texadelphia at 2422 Guadalupe St., the original location of the Austin-based cheesesteak restaurant that now has stores throughout Texas. The five other area locations will remain open. texadelphia.com
Closing this weekend: Longhorn Food Court, the cluster of food trailers at 1901 Rio Grande St. will close this weekend to make way for a construction project. The food trailers who called the space home are in the middle of finding new homes but will throw a farewell party at 5:30 p.m. today. Conscious Cravings is slated to relocate to a space across the street from the HEB at Burnet Road and Koenig Lane. Capital City Bakery has a brick-and-mortar vegan bakery in the works on East Cesar Chavez Street, but in the meantime will likely open elsewhere. The owner of Moses Falafel is hoping to transition to a brick-and-mortar, too.
Closed and coming soon: Maharaja Cafe at 8650 Spicewood Springs Road. A Korean restaurant is slated to open in its place in mid to late June, according to a recording on the answering machine.
Closed, for now: Muscle Maker Grill, the restaurant at 906 Congress Ave. is closed, but according the website, customers can “look for our new location opening soon.”
Chef change: The Goodnight, the bar/restaurant/bowling alley at 2700 W. Anderson Lane., has hired chef Danny Bressler, formerly of South Congress Cafe, Frank and Urban, who has created new menus for both lunch and dinner.