Now open: Indian in East Austin, Mexican in Northwest Hills, and sandwiches in Allandale
Nasha India opened at 1614 E. 7th St. in the space previously occupied by Casa Colombia, which is working to open a larger restaurant down the street. Nasha opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes at midnight five nights a week and at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant serves a roster of curries and some traditional Indian appetizers, along with Mexican-Indian fusion dishes like goat masala tacos and paneer quesadillas.
South Austin Tex-Mex/Interior hybrid Azul Tequila opened a second location at 3815 Dry Creek Dr. near RM 2222.
Culinary Institute of America-trained chef Thomas Gardner opened gourmet deli Republic of Sandwich at 2320 Hancock Dr. (just west of Burnet Road). Republic of Sandwich is open daily for breakfast (which includes omelets, bagels and breakfast tacos), and closes at 7 p.m. each day except Sunday, when it closes at 3 p.m. The sandwiches, like roasted pork and pastrami, are made with house-cured meat, which the store also sells by the pound.