Looking to get modern Thai for both lunch and dinner? Look no farther than New Waterloo’s Sway. Other locations: South First, forthcoming in Westlake
Status: Fall 2016
2. Jack and Ginger’s
This Irish sports bar focus’ on whiskey, soccer, and, of course, beer. This pub style restaurant offers 82 different beers on tap and serves Irish American comfort food including breakfast. It’s a great place to go and watch a game or sit outside on the extended picnic tables.
Opening date: Now open
3. The Dogwood
This lively, two-story bar has southern comfort food, indoor and outdoor bars including on the rooftop. The delicious food can always be washed down with an ice-cold Deep Eddy Vodka poured straight from a frosted ice tap. You can’t beat their bottom line: we are just simple people looking to simply show everyone a good time. Come thirsty. Come Hungry. Grab your friends and come check us out.
Other locations: West 6th Street, Houston
Opening date: Now open
4. Two Hands Coffee
One of the few original storefronts in the district. They offer freshly squeezed juices made from locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as a curated selection of local craft beer. Look out for music, trivia, and more.
The fifth location of the fast casual Indian chain from the Claypit owners serves the same fresh menu. Depending on the pedestrian traffic, might extend night hours. Co-founder Tinku Saini is playing around with the idea of an Indian-style rickshaw food delivery.
Other locations: Throughout Austin and San Antonio
6. East Side King Thai-Kun
This is the first brick and mortar for East Side King’s Thai-Kunany timeand the second for the overall brand. Fans can expect favorite truck dishes along with new ones, from chefs Thai Changthong, Paul Qui, and Moto Utsunomiya. Tickets are still available for the preview pop-up this week at Qui.
Other locations: Food trucks at Whisler’s on East 6th Street and Steampunk Saloon on West 6th Street
7. Kung Fu Saloon
Kung Fu Saloon’s second Austin location (and one of five spots slated, along with an impending Nashville one) will bring arcade games, pickle shots, karaoke, and more booze to the district.
Other locations: West 6th, Dallas, Houston
8. Saint Genevieve
Next for Union Venture Group is the Austin location of the organization’s shuttered Houston restaurant and cocktail lounge. Look out for wine, shared plates, Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary bar, and a lounge DJ.
9. General T’so Boy
The New York City food pop-up is opening its first brick and mortar within Rock Rose, with Chinese-American po-boys, dumplings, vegetables and desserts like soft serve ice cream.
10. Lavaca Street Bar and Turf N’ Surf Kitchen
The downtown sports bar decided on the Domain for its second location. In tow will be Ralph Gilmore (yes, Jack Gilmore’s brother and Bryce Gilmore’s uncle) and his New Orleans-styled Turf N’ Surf Kitchen with po-boys and fish tacos. The new spot will add oysters to the menu.
Other locations: Downtown
11. MAD Greens
With all of the drinking and heavy eating, the Colorado salad chain is a nice antidote. Produce will come from local purveyors like JB Organics. This is the first of four locations slated for Austin and Texas, including downtown, Lakeway, and Round Rock.
Other locations: Colorado, Arizona
12. Jinya Ramen
The California-based ramen chain brings tonkatsu varieties to Austin, including assay, black, and white, with a wide array of ingredients for the perfect bowl.
Other locations: Canada, California, D.C., and other states
13. 77 Degrees
Then there is the patio wonderland 77 Degrees within Union Venture Group’s mini-empire. The rooftop cocktail bar will serve rum drinks and sharable plates.
14. The Rose Room
Finally for the Union Venture Group block is the three-story nightclub The Rose Room, with table reservations, DJs, and much dancing.
15. Velvet Taco
The essential Dallas mini-chain is coming to the taco capital, with late night hours, untraditional fillings, and very sweet red velvet cake.
Other locations: Throughout Dallas, Houston, and Chicago
16. Mia Tapas Bar
The Italian take on tapas from Crimson Scorsonelli leads to small plates of dates, pork belly, meatballs, Manchego. Other menu items include steak and salmon to share, pasta, and pizza.
17. Salvation Pizza
Boasting of New Haven-styled Neapolitan pizza, Salvation’s third location will bring white clam pies to the Domain. Owner Michael Dinsmore teased this site back in 2014, along with a delivery-only one somewhere near 183 and Northgate. The Domain spot will have a full bar and 20 taps featuring local breweries, like Live Oak and (512).
Other locations: Central Austin, Rainey Street
So if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, come check out the newly opened entertainment spot in the Domain. You’ll see a wide range of ages enjoying the vast variety of things to do at anytime of day.