The Red Lion hotel in Austin, Texas, has one of the most popular kitchens in the city and it has one, if not two, outdoor barbeques.
It’s all thanks to a food truck that’s been operating since 2014.
Now the restaurant is expanding its culinary offerings with a new restaurant, bar, and outdoor patio.
The Red Lion has been open since 2014, and chef John “Paddy” Gioia is the chef behind the new eatery.
His restaurant is in the heart of the new building, which is the first part of a new mixed-use project.
Gioia told Eater the restaurant was named for his late father, who was an Army vet who served in Vietnam.
Gioias father passed away in the war, and he thought it would be cool to have a restaurant named after him.
Giolia, a former Texas A&M University student, came to Austin to work at a food service company in 2014, according to Eater.
When he heard the restaurant would be opened by the Red Lion, he decided to build one of his own, and began the construction.
The restaurant is now open to the public.
“This is my second restaurant, I’m doing it full time,” he said.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s kind of a big deal.”
The restaurant will offer a variety of dishes, including burgers, burritos, tacos, and more.
The patio, as well, will offer space for more barbeque seating.
The dining area is open and can be used for events and socializing.
A bar will also be installed on the second floor, and the restaurant will also have its own kitchen to prepare more items.
Giolia said the restaurant could eventually become a food court for the neighborhood.
“There are so many places we don’t have food that you can just walk in and try everything,” he told Eater.
“We’re kind of the perfect spot to have this kind of menu.”
The restaurant, which opened in October, has become a regular in the area, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
The first menu was posted in early November, and Gioians son, Zach, is now serving at least six different types of food.
Ginoia said it was important to start with a solid foundation, and that it took him a long time to get the building ready for the restaurant.
The initial goal was to make sure it could serve up burgers in a reasonable amount of time.
“You want to make the building as beautiful as possible, so that it’s a little bit of a challenge,” he explained.
Giovia says that it was difficult to get all the parts right.
“The first step was getting the ground floor ready for restaurant,” he admitted.
“Then it was getting everything ready for patio.”
Gioys restaurant opened in early October.
He plans to keep the menu in the same style that he uses at other restaurants, such as his signature burgers.
“I just love to cook and I love the food, so I just wanted to be able to do it and get to know the staff and the staff was very helpful and helped me with everything,” Gioian said.
He said he is also looking forward to expanding his kitchen to serve other types of meals.
Giosia says he hopes that the restaurant can be a place for Austinites to have fun, and is happy to serve more food to Austinites, too.