Austin restaurant superstars quietly open anticipated South Congress Tex-Mex spot

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Ever since it was announced in November 2017 that hospitality superstars Bunkhouse Group and Austin’s restaurant behemoth McGuire Moorman Hospitality were teaming up to open an eatery on South Congress Avenue, it has been one of the most feverishly anticipated projects in Austin.

Now the wait is over. Servers confirmed during a morning visit that Joann’s Fine Foods quietly debuted on October 4 with an approachable menu combining Tex-Mex with classic Southern comfort food.

Housed in the former home of Snack Bar, and in keeping with the spirit of the playful Austin Motel next door, the interior of Joann’s has a midcentury feel, riffing on diner decor with touches like cherry red laminate countertops; sage green vinyl seating; gleaming aluminum napkin holders; and colorful Fiestaware cups, salt shakers, and cream pitchers.

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