Waz up with WAT ZAB Thai Food on BURO?

WAT ZAB Thai Food:  Burnet Road’s newest food trailer


Pensiri Rios - Owner/Chef at Wat Zab Thai
Pensiri Rios – Owner/Chef at Wat Zab Thai trailer on Burnet Road

BURO reporter Steve Cook recently caught up with Wat Zab Thai Food trailer owner Pensiri Rios (nickname: Jenny):

BURO: How long has Wat Zab Thai Food been around and how did you come up with the name?

JENNY:  It all started 3 years ago when my mother-in-law and I came up with the name Wat Zab Thai Food.   ZAB means tasty, spicy, and delicious in Thai!  We’ve been in business in San Marcos for 3 years.

BURO: Why open a trailer on BURO?

JENNY:  I really wanted to share my mother-in-law’s 30 years of cooking experience and fabulous Thai recipes with the people of Austin!  What better place to do that than on BURO?!!

BURO:  What’s your favorite dish at Wat Zab Thai Food trailer?

JENNY:  That’s a tough question because everything’s good!  If I had to pick a favorite it would be our Pad Thai Noodle with Yellow Curry.  Its fresh and super tasty!


Where on BURO?  5000 block Burnet Road, Austin, Texas
Website:  www.facebook.com/watzabthai/

Burnet Marketplace coming to BURO!

The developers of the new Burnet Marketplace mixed-use project have created a 90-second video that highlights some of the exciting things to see and do on Burnet Road. The video captures the dynamic mix of longtime favorites and new hot spots that coexist in the Burnet corridor and make it one of the city’s most attractive areas.

When it opens in 2015, Burnet Marketplace will offer 344 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all featuring state-of-the-art appliances, upscale finishes, and clean, contemporary interior design. The project’s amenities will include three expansive courtyards, a sunny resort-style pool, and a 1,900-square-foot fitness center, which is up to three times larger than fitness facilities at competing projects.

The project will offer walkable access to Burnet Road’s most talked-about new restaurants and bars, and the reinvented Pour House Pub will be right downstairs in the development’s own ground-floor restaurant and retail space.

For more information and updates, visit the Burnet Marketplace website, or follow the project on Facebook or Twitter.

Website: www.burnetmarketplace.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Burnet-Marketplace/782094358513391
Twitter: twitter.com/burnetmktplc

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Intelligent Sleep to Open on BURO!

sleepIntelligent Sleep will celebrate its Grand Opening activites between April 3, 2015 and April 11, 2015 at 7415 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas. The schedule includes a Grand Opening reception, presentations on Intelligent Sleep products and programs, full seminar offerings, product specials, program demonstrations, and free massage. Activities will be suitable for children as well as adults. The complete schedule will be posted on www.intelligentsleep.com/events as each activity is confirmed. Visitors will be entered into a raffle and can win a number of sleep-related door prizes.

The Grand Opening will present products for body, mind, health, and home including mattresses, pillows, seat cushions, relaxation tools, jet lag light therapy, home lighting, bio-feedback, nutritional support for sleep and brain health, and other unique solutions.

Intelligent Sleep
7415 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78757

Twisted Root Burger Co. and Teriyaki Madness coming to BURO.

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

I just saw an article in the Austin Business Journal about two new restaurants coming to BURO – both in the Centennial Shopping Center at 7301 Burnet Road.  I’ve reached out to both companies and hope to bring you more info soon!

If you have any info on either please let us know!



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Casa Chapala coming to BURO!

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

I was driving North on Burnet Road the other day and when I crossed under the 183 bridge I noticed a bright yellow sign in the shopping center on the Northeast corner.  The sign said ‘Tequila Bar and Mexican Cantina – Coming Soon!’.

Tequila bar coming to Burnet Road

The location looked familiar and I realized it was where the Black-Eyed Pea used to be.  I stopped in and the space was under extensive construction.  I then found out it will be the new location of Casa Chapala (currently on Anderson Lane near Shoal Creek).  While having a tasty dinner at the current location I asked Casa Chapala’s marketing manger about the new location.  He informed me they would be moving to the new location sometime in Spring 2014.

Casa Chapla new location.
The new BURO Casa Chapala – former location of The Black-Eyed Pea

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Tiny Pies coming to BURO!

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

Locally owned and operated Tiny Pies is moving to Burnet Road in March 2014. The mother-daughter duo, Kit Seay and Amanda Bates are delighted to open their first storefront location in Austin at 5035 Burnet Rd. Tiny Pies started just 3 years ago at the farmer’s market and has grown steadily since. Tiny Pies are hand-held pies baked fresh daily with the highest quality natural ingredients sourced from local farmers (when possible). Their pies are just like grandma used to make… only much, much, smaller.


The new storefront will serve as Tiny Pies’ bakery and retail location. They will offer a varied menu of both savory and sweet seasonal pies selections… special breakfast items, lunch & dinner and sweet surprises.

To kick off the announcement of their storefront, they will have a “Pop Up Shop” on Friday, February 14th from 8am-6pm at their storefront (5035 Burnet Rd.) and will be selling heart shaped pies and pie pops!



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P.Terry’s coming to BURO!

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

NOTE: A huge BURO Shout-Out goes to BURO fan B.J. Bludau who gave us the head’s up on this story!


When contacted by BURO, a representative of P.Terry’s sent us the rendering above, and this statement:

“P. Terry’s has begun construction on it’s ninth location at 8513 Burnet Road. The store will be drive-thru only and is scheduled to open in early summer. We’re looking forward to joining the Burnet Road neighborhood!”

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Tacodeli to open second Burnet Road store

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

tacodeli_burnet_roadYesterday I was investigating a rumor I’d heard about a new Tacodeli opening in the Centennial Shopping Center at 7301 Burnet Road. I stopped by and saw new construction in the space formerly occupied by China Buffet.

I tracked down Tacodeli partner/owner Eric Wilkerson and asked him a few questions:

BURO: Tell us a little about the history of Tacodeli.

WILKERSON: Tacodeli was founded by Roberto Espinosa. Roberto lived in Mexico City as a youngster, then moved to Austin for a year while still in middle school. The family eventually settled in Harlingen, in the Texas Valley. Later Roberto moved back to Austin, where he graduated from U.T. in the early 90’s. In 1999 he opened the first Tacodeli at 1500 Spyglass in Rollingwood. I came on board as a partner and owner in early 2000, having also graduated from U.T. with an information technology degree. Roberto is Tacodeli‘s creative side and I’m the business side. Today we have 3 Austin locations and we employ around 130 people.

Tacodeli will occupy the old China Buffet space at 7301 Burnet Road

BURO: Tell us about the food at Tacodeli.

WILKERSON: Having lived in Mexico City, the Valley, and Austin, Roberto is inspired by the respective styles and flavors of each locale. Roberto also trained in kitchens in the Yucatan. Our food is a blending of these influences and is unique to Tacodeli.

BURO: What made you decide to open a second Burnet Road location?

WILKERSON: There are many factors. Our Gracy Farms location at 12001 Burnet Road is extremely popular and our customers usually come to us from within a 2-3 mile radius, so a second Burnet Road location was a natural. The Centennial Shopping Center at 7301 Burnet Road provides an excellent mix of business and neighborhood customers and we’ve got great co-tenants. We also like this location because of the lack of congestion and the unbelievable amount of parking. The center has around 400 parking spaces, which is the most available parking of any of our locations!

BURO: When will the new Burnet Road store open?

WILKERSON: Our goal is to open in the Spring of 2014. We’re excited about the fact that the Centennial Shopping Center is about to undergo a major renovation. We’ll also be opening a new store in the Village at Westlake around the same time.

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On the Burnet Road Porch with Jim Swift

By Steve Cook – BURO Editor

BURO Editor Steve Cook and KXAN's Jim Swift
BURO Editor Steve Cook and KXAN’s Jim Swift share Austin memories.

Last night I attended a dinner meeting of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club.  Our guest speaker was veteran KXAN reporter Jim Swift who entertained the crowd with inside stories of his 36 years in the news business.  Swift spoke openly and candidly about his experiences, his history in the news business, and his takes on Austin since the 1970’s.

I first met Swift in 1979 when my pal and BURO staff writer Frank Campbell invited me to come to the KTVV (before the switch to KXAN) studios.  At that time Frank was the station’s news producer.  I found Swift to be as open and gregarious in 1979 as he is today.

The new BURO website was discussed and I enjoyed visiting with Jim and sharing Austin memories.

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