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Old Thousand’s Innovative Chinese Dining Concept Opens Today in Austin

Old Thousand Restaurant, Austin

Old Thousand, a new neighborhood Chinese restaurant will open in November 2016 on Austin’s east side at 1000 East 11th Street, Suite #150, with a Chinese brasserie and cocktail bar concept. The restaurant will offer up an eclectic and inventive mix of flavors, ingredients, and styles with modern interpretations of classic Chinese dishes in a casual and comfortable setting. With an equal focus on “Eat In” and “Take Out,” Old Thousand looks to fill the void of an east side go-to Chinese spot and combine that with world-class cooking techniques and the best ingredients available.

“The name ‘Old Thousand’ came from Chinese slang for a crafty, quick-witted gambler which I guess is fitting for this group ,” said Christian Romero of SMGB. “It also happens to be the address of the restaurant so there was definitely some providence there.”

Chef James Dumapit (former executive sous chef at Uchiko) and Chef David Baek (formerly of Thai Kun and Uchi) will helm the kitchen with a menu that will execute a Texas-fresh approach to traditional Chinese recipes and techniques. The menu will feature modern takes on classic Chinese comfort food and the dessert menu will include non-traditional flavors of snow-ice. The restaurant will be open for dinner service nightly with the option for take-out and will include a full bar with a creative cocktail menu.

“We’ve got two extremely talented chefs in James & David on board. They’ve been crafting some amazing dishes over the past few months. I think people are really going to dig this stuff,” said SMGB Partner Larry Perdido.


The renovated space will feature bright floral wallpaper, a handmade 40-foot bar fashioned out of heritage oak and vintage ceiling tins and cabinetry reminiscent of an old Chinese apothecary. Prominent textures and brass accents throughout the interior further enhance the timeless yet progressive palette.

Music will play a primary role in Old Thousand’s dining experience with the restaurant’s funky, nostalgic playlist making guests feel like they’ve walked into the ultimate house party. The restaurant will seat 85 and will offer intimate tables as well as banquette and booth seating options for bigger groups.

 A full food and drink menu, hours, and an opening date announcement will be available in the upcoming weeks. For a sneak peek of Old Thousand, follow Old Thousand on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @OldThousandATX.

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Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, EAT Magazine, TravelFinder, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves food, travel, yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, she doesn’t know how to whistle.

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