South Austin business news: New hotel, indoor playground, Indian restaurant now open – Community Impact Newspaper


Colton House Hotel opened in December in South Austin. (Courtesy Colton House Hotel)

See the latest business updates from South Austin, including the opening of the Colton House Hotel, restaurant Mumtaz Market and Pikopye’s Town, an indoor play space for kids and creative space for work-from-home or stay-home parents.

Colton House Hotel, a three-story, 80-suite hotel at 2510 S. Congress Ave., Austin, opened in December. The suites range from 460 to 1,170 square feet and include one-, two- or three-bedroom options with either a kitchenette or a full kitchen and living room. 512-537-6684.

Hai Hospitality, the restaurant group that includes Uchi, Uchiko and Loro, announced Nov. 9 it will expand its restaurants to additional locations after an investment of an undisclosed amount from a private equity firm. Chef Tyson Cole, who originally opened Uchi in 2003 at 801 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, will remain at the helm of Hai Hospitality. The investment firm, KSL Capital Partners, has raised $13 billion in capital since 2005, according to a press release. Between 2012 and 2018, Uchi opened locations in Houston, Dallas and Denver.

The South Austin location of La Patisserie celebrated 10 years in business Nov. 23. Located at 602 W. Annie St., Austin, La Patisserie serves from-scratch French pastries and Tweed Coffee. “We are so grateful to our South Austin following,” owner Soraiya Nagree told Community Impact Newspaper. 512-912-0033.

Mumtaz Market, a sister restaurant of Rainey Street Indian spot G’Raj Mahal, opened in October at 1816 S. First St., Austin. Its menu features South Asian cuisine including curries, seafood and deconstructed samosas. 512-480-2255.

Peoples Pharmacy, which has a location at 3801 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. B, Austin, celebrated its 40th anniversary Oct. 30. Owner Bill Swail opened the pharmacy in 1980 and quickly expanded. Today, Peoples Pharmacy has five locations across the Austin area. 512-444-8866.

Pikopye’s Town, an indoor play space for kids, creative space for work-from-home or stay-at-home parents, and boutique toy shop, opened Nov. 1 at 2919 Menchaca Road, Ste. 205, Austin. Owner Leah Reed named the space after Pikopye, her son Micah’s imaginary friend. Only reserved play sessions are being offered to adhere to safety protocols. 512-368-4011.

The South Congress Hotel, 1603 S. Congress Ave., Austin, celebrated its fifth anniversary in September. The 83-room hotel includes Café No Sé, bar and grill Central Standard, coffee shop Mañana, sushi restaurant Otoko and cocktail bar Watertrade, along with retail shopping stores. 512-920-6605.

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