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Uchi's Uchibā coming to Austin's new Google tower, offering more casual Japanese eats

Uchi is bringing its Uchibā restaurant to Austin. (Uchibā/Instagram)

High-end Japanese restaurant Uchi is expanding its Austin reach by adding Uchibā to its cohort of classy restaurants.

Uchibā, translated from Japanese to "Uchi bar," will open at the new curved Google tower downtown (currently under construction) in fall 2022. It will be the second Uchibā location after the Dallas' Top Knot location was converted to Uchibā in 2018. The restaurant is known as the more casual option of the Uchi chain.

Expect pristine bites of sushi yakitori grill items and small bites like bao at the new location, and don't forget to pair it with Japanese whiskey, sake, beer or cocktails.

Uchibā, located at 601 West Second Street, will be the fourth Hai Hospitality restaurant in Austin, with Uchi and Loro located on South Lamar and Uchiko on North Lamar. Hai Hospitality—the group behind Uchi—is Austin-based and has Uchi locations in Dallas and Housto

The new restaurant will stay open later than its sibling locations, keeping doors open until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.