The pandemic hasn’t prevented one of Austin’s most anticipated restaurants from opening. The hugely popular Paperboy food truck will officially open its store in East Austin on Thursday, July 9th.
Paperboy’s new restaurant is located at 1203 E. 11th St., the same lot the trailer was first parked on in 2015.
On Paperboy’s menu, compiled by Chef Patrick Jackson, you’ll find new dishes like Paperboy Pancakes and Migas as well as favorites that fans love like Texas Hash. The breakfast and brunch menus include an expanded pastry program that the restaurant has been teasing on Instagram for several days. For lunch, guests can opt for a “selection of soups, salads and bowls,” according to a press release.
Like the food truck, the new paperboy shop is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and dinner. In contrast to the food truck, the new restaurant offers a comprehensive alcohol and coffee program, two levels with terrace space, a window to take away, as well as a bar and seating inside.
“We thought as much about the paperboy experience as we did about the food itself,” said Ryan Boys, owner of Paperboy, in a press release. “We hope that when people come here, they will feel like they are themselves. It’s a welcoming place for everyone. “
This was the experience of the architect Chioco Design and the interior designer Laura Harms, who used a mixture of raw materials and natural materials to create the informal yet refined space. Concrete floors, a wood-paneled counter, and quartz counters are accented with subdued hues like burnt orange and dark green.
The theme continues outside, where Texan terracotta bricks were used to build the restaurant’s facade that leads to the rooftop terrace. The surrounding “no fuss” landscaping is the work of the Spencer Landscape Company, which used succulents and native plants to highlight the exterior.
Initially, Paperboy is opened via a reservation system to maintain social distancing. The grab-and-go window is opening with limited offers, but the restaurant says it is working on making the full menu available for takeout orders soon.
Staff are required to wear face covers and guests are also required to wear face masks unless they are eating or drinking, as per the governor’s current order. Guests are also asked to maintain the recommended six feet of social distance while dining.
“That was a dream of ours for a long time and we are grateful that we can open our doors,” says Harms. “We worked around the clock to be able to open securely while delivering an experience exactly like what we are at Paperboy. We can’t wait for people to safely enjoy the new space with us. “