The Lake Travis area is set to welcome a new wood-fired pizza franchise to the neighborhood in the coming weeks. Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & Taproom will open its first location in Texas in late August or early September.
The new Austin restaurant and self-service beverage room will be located at 8300 N FM 620, Ste. K200., operated by locals Tiffany and Gary Lauchlan and Tiffany’s brother, Ed Juline. Architect Andrea Corn of Nuvu Interiors ATX, General Contractor Robert Juarez of DKC Construction Group and Construction Manager Ty Estes of ECR also work with their family.
This will be the Lauchlan family’s first smoked oak wood-fired pizza and tapas room, with plans for more locations in the near future. Longtime Lake Travis residents wanted to get into the franchise and immediately fell in love with Smokin’ Oak, founded in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2009 and franchised since 2017, perfectly suited for Austin.
“The Austin community has grown rapidly these days and residents need a restaurant that provides an experience for the whole family,” Tiffany Lauchlan said in a statement. “At Smokin’ Oak Pizza, you can have a delicious meal in 15 minutes or enjoy the dining room and linger longer, so it’s perfect for any occasion. I know local families will love this concept as the kids can have fun watching their food being prepared while the parents relax with a drink from the Taproom.
According to the release, Smokin’ Oak is the fastest growing wood-fired pizza franchise in the United States. The extensive menu offers wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, starters and desserts, with homemade, fresh-cut dough and sauces throughout the day and oven-roasted meats to infuse the true flavor of oak wood. The oven reaches around 900 degrees to produce delicious pizzas in around two minutes, while an open kitchen allows customers to customize and watch their pizzas cook right in front of them.
A self-pouring tap wall offers beer, wine and cider. Once guests start a tab, they are given an RFID-enabled wristband and can go to the tap wall to explore at will. The pour size ranges from 1 to 16 ounces at a time, allowing you to try different wines, beers, ciders and other local beverages without traveling from Blanco to Dripping Springs in East Austin.
“We are thrilled to open our first location in Texas and Tiffany, Gary and Ed are the perfect franchise owners to do so,” says Matt Mongoven, CEO and co-founder of Fourth Avenue Restaurant Group, the franchisor of Smokin’ Oak. . Wood-fired pizza. “I’m confident that our unique restaurant concept will become a regular fixture for the Austin community, and they will truly remember our wood-fired meals and have fun exploring the drinks on the dining room wall. ”
The opening of the Austin location marks a major milestone in Smokin’ Oak Wood-Fired Pizza & Taproom’s continued national expansion, with the website also touting upcoming locations in Dallas and Frisco.
To celebrate the official opening of the Lake Travis location, each guest can enjoy a free individual pizza from noon to 7 p.m. when the restaurant officially opens, which is yet to be determined. Check back here on CultureMap for updates, or find the Coming Soon page on the Smokin’ Oak website.