The new capital of fine dining, Austin anticipates exciting restaurant launches.
In his first solo venture, chef Nicholas Yanes (most recently of Uchi) will open Juniper (2400 E. Cesar Chavez St.) in July. He explains that the concept of Juniper “developed out of a creative confluence of the love and the care you see in Northern Italian culture.”
Inspired by his love of Japanese cuisine, chef Paul Qui launches Otoko (1603 S. Congress Ave.), a 12-seat sushi restaurant at the forthcoming South Congress Hotel. The $150-per-person menu will combine Tokyo-style sushi with Kyoto’s multicourse, seasonal kaiseki cuisine.
The upscale, authentic Chinese restaurant by the owners of Swift’s Attic, Wu Chow (500 W. Fifth St.) is slated for completion later this summer. “Chinese food has been underrepresented in Austin, especially downtown,” says co-owner and general manager C.K. Chin. “I’ve always wanted to bring my culture to my city that has given me so much.”
James Beard-nominated chef Bryce Gilmore aims to fill the fine-dining void in North Austin this fall with the second location of his South Lamar eatery, Barley Swine (6555 Burnet Road). “We’ve always wanted Barley Swine to be a restaurant that constantly evolves, and the Burnet location is just another part of the evolution,” he says.
Chef Tom Salvatore Parlo—of New York’s St. Regis Hotel and the Mandarin Oriental Miami—is relocating to Westlake this October for Hotel Granduca and its signature Northern Italian restaurant, Visconti Bar & Ristorante (320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.).