January 16, 2014

Three new restaurants coming to Austin's East 7th in 2014Austin’s East 7th is seeing a lot of development in early 2014. Three new restaurants are planned to open on the stretch of road between Waller and Onion street, joining popular establishments such as Takoba and Vintage Heart Coffee. Here is what you can expect on the new East 7th restaurant row.

Located at 1209 E. 7th, Hightower is planning a January 2014 opening and promises a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy some of the hottest trends in American cuisine. Chef Chad Dolezal is dedicated to bringing lower price points to the neighborhood (entrees will hit the $13 -16 range) by using high-end techniques with affordable ingredients.

The Silo on 7th
Restaurateur David Rightmer has spent the better part of the last two years converting an old tortilla factory into a brand new restaurant at 1300 E 7th. Little is known about the restaurant’s menu other than the inclusion of burgers, craft beer and Texas liquors.

Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated restaurant openings in the area, laV is bringing a touch of Mediterranean and Provencal-inspired fine dining to the East 7th neighborhood. Located at 1501 E 7th, laV has assembled a lead team of chef Allison Jenkins, pastry chef Janina O’Leary and managing partner Vilma Mazaite. LaV is also planning a January 2014 opening.

The city of Austin is quickly becoming known as a culinary destination for more than just Tex-Mex, and Escoffier’s Austin culinary courses put students right in the middle of this emerging gastronomic hub. The arrival of these three restaurants to East 7th early in 2014 is just the latest news in this particular area’s recent development as an up-and-coming neighborhood. The diversity in each restaurant’s offerings, with everything from fine French dining to casual beer and burgers, promises to make the East 7th corridor a hot spot for foodies looking to explore Austin’s ever-changing culinary landscape.