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Now open: Haymaker and Lucy’s Fried Chicken (with new menu items)

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Haymaker opened at 2310 Manor Rd., across from the Vortex Theater. It is the sister bar-restaurant of the Black Sheep Lodge in South Austin. Like the Black Sheep, there are a slew of TVs tuned to sports, a shuffleboard table and beer. Lots of beer. The Haymaker offers 40 beers on tap and about 100 beers in bottles and cans. The menu features bar food like pretzel bites and beer cheese and is anchored by a handful of open-faced sandwiches like the signature Haymaker, rare roast beef topped with French fries, gruyere sauce, slaw, tomatoes, and a fried egg. I imagine the Pecan Street Blues Burger, a 1/3-lb patty topped with peppered bacon and blue cheese-pecan sauce and beer cheese, will serve as a calling card for the Haymaker much the way the Black Buffalo Burger has at BSL. The Haymaker is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Friday and until 1 a.m. on Saturday. (

The second location of chef James Holmes’ Lucy’s Fried Chicken opened at 5408 Burnet Rd. in the old Austin Diner space. The new location features the same menu as the original off South Congress Avenue, with new additions like fried chicken spaghetti, fried chicken nachos, a drunk catfish sandwich on Texas toast with house pimento cheese, cucumber and jalapeño mescal jelly, and Gulf shrimp campechana. Both Lucy’s are open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. (