Lonesome Dove Flies to Austin

Fort Worth chef Tim Love picks Austin for second Lonesome Dove restaurant

Fort Worth chef Tim Love picks Austin for second Lonesome Dove

Fort Worth chef Tim Love
Tim Love announced via Twitter he's opening a Lonesome Dove in downtown Austin. Photo courtesy of Tim Love
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Lonesome Dove is known for its meat-centric menu. The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro/Facebook
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Lonesome Dove's original location in the Fort Worth Stockyards.  Photo courtesy of Kiik In De Kook
Fort Worth chef Tim Love
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Fort Worth celebrity chef Tim Love is planting some roots in Austin. On Tuesday, Love announced via Twitter that he's taking his Lonesome Dove Western Bistro concept from the Fort Worth Stockyards District to the Capital City: "I'm excited and humbled to confirm that a second location of the Lonesome Dove will be coming to the heart of downtown Austin."

According to Austin360, that "heart of downtown" location is 419 Colorado St., the former home of sushi restaurant Kenichi, which shuttered on Monday night. (Kenichi Dallas has different owners and is still open.)

No opening date is set for Lonesome Dove.

Though this is his first restaurant there, Love is no stranger to Austin. In fact, he's one of the founders of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, where he's known for his rather raucous behavior and big personality. His grilling demos have proved to be an event favorite (and we think it's for more than just the obligatory tequila shots). 

Love owns several restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, including Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack and Queenie's in Denton. He's also a TV regular, having appeared on Top Chef Masters. Currently, you can catch him on CNBC's Restaurant Startup.

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