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'Downtown's boomin':' New locations for Lonesome Dove, Huckleberry, Saté Texas in Austin

Matthew Odam
Austin 360

Tim Love has packed up his saddle at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro at 419 Colorado St. and is herding his wild game-loving steakhouse up the street to a new location. 

The Fort Worth-based celebrity chef opened the Austin outpost in 2015 in the space once occupied by Kenichi. He says he’s known for the last year that the building would be bulldozed for a 47-story residential tower, so he’d been looking for a downtown property to call home. He found it at 123 W. Sixth St., in the space that was occupied by Italian restaurant Italic until March 2020, when the restaurant closed at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Lonesome Dove chef Tim Love is herding his wild game-loving steakhouse up the street to a new location.

Love shuttered the Colorado Street location in late December and hopes to have the new spot open by Feb. 8. The expansive restaurant will feature a tequila bar in the street-facing front of the space, with the bar menu including tacos and bar snacks. Lonesome Dove’s main dining menu will include new game selections and added seafood dishes. 

Despite decreased foot traffic downtown because of the pandemic, Love is bullish on the area, pointing to the forthcoming Facebook building and a new hotel under construction nearby. 

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“We had a really great year once we got open back up,” Love said of Lonesome Dove. “I really like downtown. I think downtown’s boomin'."

Love is simultaneously at work on opening Tex-Mex restaurant Paloma Suerte (Lucky Dove) in Fort Worth, adjacent to his original Lonesome Dove. 

In addition to its seafood po' boys and sandwiches, Huckleberry also offers a smashburger on Thursdays only.

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