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Odam: Paggi House and Garrido’s close

Matthew Odam
David Garrido has closed Garrido’s downtown and will open a new restaurant on South Lamar Boulevard next year.

Longtime Austin chef David Garrido closed his eponymous restaurant in the base of the condo tower at 360 Nueces St. The move gives the former Jeffrey’s executive chef the opportunity to focus on his next venture, a restaurant that will be at the Lamar Union mixed-use development on South Lamar. That project will also be home to Daily Juice, Café Medici, Lisa and Emmett Fox’s Cantine, the Alamo Drafthouse and more.

“It’s bittersweet because I loved the restaurant, but it’s a great opportunity to reinvent myself since there’s room for that right now,” Garrido said.

The Paggi House (200 Lee Barton Drive) also closed last weekend. Management did not respond to comment about a possible second life for the restaurant that has undergone a couple of renovations over the past several years. The area surrounding the historic building near Riverside Drive and South Lamar Boulevard is set to be developed into condos.

Now closed and coming soon

Your Mom’s Burger Bar is closing, and a new banh mi concept, Bun Belly, will move into the space on 5001 Airport Blvd.

Quang Vuong and Kim Thai, owners of Pho Thaison at 4438 Anderson Lane, will operate Bun Belly. As part of the agreement to take over the business, they also have negotiated option rights for the adjacent Tamale House, which recently closed after the death of founder Robert Vasquez. There is no word on an opening date for Bun Belly, or the new owners’ plans for the former Tamale House.

Your Mom’s Burger Bar originally opened on East Cesar Chavez Street and expanded to South Austin. The Airport Boulevard restaurant was the last remaining location in operation.

Coming soon

Two chefs are teaming to bring a unique concept to downtown Round Rock. Greenhouse Craft Food’s Rob Snow and Rich Taylor (formerly of Quality Seafood) plan to open the Scarlet Rabbit at 410 W. Main St. next month.

The Texas bistro, inside a 1940s bungalow, will feature an “Alice in Wonderland” theme and comfort food with a “Texas twist,” according to the owners.

The space will be designed by Sonja Snow, with a bold color scheme and nods to Lewis Carroll’s book throughout the restaurant. The restaurant, described by the owners as “black tablecloth,” also will serve craft cocktails and offer patio seating for 80 guests.

“We are delighted to provide the Round Rock community a new and special place to gather and enjoy a unique atmosphere, great food and fun cocktails,” said Rob Snow. “We think that this addition will perfectly complement the overall experience that downtown Main Street provides.”

Now open

Chinatown in West Austin has reopened in its original location at 2712 Bee Cave Road. For my profile of owner Ronald Cheng and the brush with death that inspired him to return to his original restaurant, visit

Something sweet

As a nod to the social media phenomenon “Throwback Thursday,” Sixth Street restaurant Parkside will roll out one of their former desserts each Thursday in June. The former hits will play for a week at the restaurant that opened in 2008. The roster includes the restaurant’s take on s’mores, a passion fruit tart and a goat cheesecake with graham crust.

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