As we enter another cursed pandemic year, at least there are new dining options to look forward to. 2022 is starting off strong with several exciting restaurant openings: there’s the new restaurant location of beloved taco truck Mi Trailita Y Mas heading to Windsor Park, a sandwich shop with a porchetta specialty opening downtown, and acclaimed chef Mashama Bailey’s restaurants, all opening sometime in the earlier portion of the year.
Later on in the year, look for Aaron Franklin’s po’ boy shop on East Sixth, the Suerte team’s Mexican seafood restaurant Este, and a new third restaurant from talented dim sum chef Ling Qi Wu in Southwest Austin.
Read on for 2022’s most exciting restaurant openings, listed in chronological order. This guide will be updated as the year continues.
Uptown Sports Club
Address: 1200 East Sixth Street, East Sixth
Opening: Summer 2022
Barbecue great Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue is teaming up again with James Moody of the Mohawk (his partner in the Hot Luck food/music festival) to open a neighborhood bar and sandwich shop in the long-vacant Uptown Sports building. The menu will focus on sandwiches like po’ boys, gumbo, and breakfast. Cocktails will come from Chris Bostick of Rainey Street bar Half Step. The space is being designed by lead designer and project manager Tenaya Hills, with drawings and collaboration by the ubiquitous Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, who also designed Franklin’s other collaboration restaurant, Asian smokehouse Loro.
Originally published on Eater Austin