A new HEB grocery store opens in Mueller this week, including five restaurants and a bar, including the first Austin restaurant by Top Chef Alaun and Tiffany’s Chef Tiffany’s Derry, and three brand new restaurants for the supermarket company.
The Main Streat grocery store (spelling is intentional) is located in Mueller Supermarket at 1801 East 51st Street starting Tuesday, August 25th. The hall is open for indoor and terrace service, personal take-away and free of charge. Prefer delivery services. This HEB Mueller Food Hall will contain:
1. Roots Chicken Shak: This is the second location of Derry’s Restaurant (the first is in Plano). The place is known for frying items in duck fat, including chicken wings and chicken strips. The menu also includes sandwiches, salads, and desserts, including banana pudding.
Derry took part in the seventh season of the food television series Top Chef, in which she finished fifth and was selected as a fan favorite. She also took part in the eighth season of Top Chef All Stars.
2. True Texas BBQ: This is the second location of the HE-B branded barbecue restaurant in Austin. The usual grill dishes are on deck: smoked meat (brisket, ribs, turkey), side dishes (mac and cheese, potato salad) and barbecue sandwiches.
Austin’s first True Texas restaurant opened at 8801 South Congress Avenue north of Slaughter Lane. There is a third map for the Lake Austin area at 715 South Exposition Boulevard.
3. Taqueria Street: The new HEB restaurant offers many tacos, tortas, quesadillas and bowls. Protein options include al pastor, pork carnitas, adobo-smoked brisket, and the vegan picadillo (made from impossible meat). Sides include street corn, guacamole with a large chicharron, and escabeche. There are also flour and corn tortillas.
HE-B’s Main Streat Food Hall Ben Porter Photography
4. Yumai Japanese Grill: Another new HEB restaurant, the Japanese Spot, focuses on breaded or grilled meat and vegetable skewers with chicken, beef, shrimp or vegetables. The skewers can be placed on rice, pasta and salad bowls or offered à la carte. There are also potstickers and a curry bowl.
5. The Meltery: The last new HEB restaurant to focus on grilled cheese sandwiches, from Cheese Louise with Gouda, Gruyere, Taleggio and Provolone to Heart O ‘Texas with Chopped Brisket, Pepper Jack Cheese and Roasted Poblanos on Texas Toast. All sandwiches can be served as salads.
6. Bar at Müller’s: The bar offers local draft beers (the menu shows how far each brewery is from the grocery hall) and draft Texan wine, as well as bottled and canned beers, draft cocktails and frozen margaritas. Orders to take away must be made in person.
The new rules for the coronavirus pandemic of the supermarket also apply to the food hall. Customers are required to wear masks when ordering and walking around the dining room unless they are seated at their tables and outside on the patio. There are social distancing markings on the floor as well, and there are employees who are responsible for making sure people obey the rules.
For the opening day, HEB is donating to the program of the William B. Travis Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Urban Roots and Travis High School. Before it opened, the supermarket made a donation to the neighboring Thinkery children’s museum.
The main street restaurant hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
HEB also opens another food hall at the South Congress and in Oltorf with a beer garden. The original supermarket was supposed to close at some point and move to a smaller market across the street during the construction process, but that keeps being delayed. The original opening date was planned for 2022.
The exterior of the main hall of HE-B, Ben Porter Photography