The mother of all vegetarian restaurants in Austin has given way to another local institution: the original avocado margarita. Curra’s Grill, South Austin’s family-run Mexican restaurant, is opening a new location on former Duval Street that houses the prestigious Mother’s Café vegetarian restaurant.
As first reported in the Austin American-Statesman, the Garcia family opened up Curra’s Grill on Oltorf Street in the mid-1990s and spawned an empire of Mexican culinary authorities who later ran such famous local restaurants as Sazon and Polvos. will open Curra’s Grill Hyde Park in spring 2021.
The sprawling location at 4215 Duval Street was the longtime home of the Mother’s Café, which closed for good in October after the business collapsed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the specialties Austinites crave are on offer at Hyde Park’s new Curra’s Grill, including the restaurant’s famous avocado margaritas, ceviche, and conchinita pibil, as well as more sophisticated family recipes like duck quesadillas and scallops, the statesman said. And perhaps the most exciting thing for local residents: Curra’s offers golf cart delivery of tacos and margaritas in the neighborhood.
Curra’s, which spilled the beans about the new location on social media with the statement “This is where we’re growing again”, is causing a stir with local fans of the award-winning restaurant, many of whom are just happy to have another local restaurant at this restaurant welcoming the space in place of the severely vicious apartment buildings and condos that so often replace the iconic Austin facilities these days.
The new Hyde Park Restaurant is not the first expansion for Curra’s, which has previously opened locations on Burnet Road and Parmer Lane. Both closed after failing to gather the fanatical devotion that the Oltorf location had retained for years.
Curra’s is the latest addition to the dining scene in a historic neighborhood that has changed a lot over the past decade. Staples like Dolce Vita, a gelato favorite, give way to the arrival of contemporary Italian joint uncle Nicky and revered cheese merchant Antonelli. And venerable local establishments like Hyde Park Bar & Grill, Quack’s, and Julio’s Café remain moored in the quaint blocks that make up Hyde Park’s retail nexus. The latter, a prized Mexican restaurant in its own right, will soon face stiff competition across the street from the new Curra’s.
Although Mexican food lovers are now very busy deciding where to eat in the Hyde Park neighborhood (are there too many Mexican restaurants after all?), It was a longstanding payment bug pulled back that likely results in an easier eating decision for many : Julio’s only accepts cash now.