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Crave Restaurant to open first Texas location in downtown Austin

Matthew Odam

Crave Restaurant, which has locations in Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska and Ohio, plans to open its first Texas location at 340 E. 2nd St. near the Austin Convention Center on February 10.

The restaurant, helmed by former Roaring Fork Stonelake executive chef Frank Johnson, offers modern American staples like pasta, steaks, pizza, grilled meats and seafood, while also featuring a sushi menu with specialty rolls and about 10 sashimi and nigiri options.

The Austin location will pay “special tribute to the unique local flavors of Austin while celebrating the signature menu items that have been favorites in our locations around the country,” according to Crave CEO Kam Talebi.

Some of those local nods include a jalapeno cornbread skillet with pit ham and white cheddar streusel; blackened redfish with crab corn salsa, rainbow kale, mashed sweet potato and chili buerre blanc; and bourbon-glazed double pork chop with chili butter sauce, mashed sweet potato, tart apple relish and braised rainbow kale. In addition to wine and signature cocktails, Crave will also offer 38 beers on tap, with 22 of them from Texas. (