Hungry, hungry hippos in the Hutto area can soon sink their teeth into some “exceptional Mexican cuisine,” care of one of the Austin-area’s longtime restaurateurs specializing in authentic carne asada, fajitas, and some perfectly potent margaritas.

Jaime Fernandez — the owner and operator of traditional Mexican restaurants Jalisco’s Restaurant & Bar in Austin and Buda, and Tequila Bar & Grill in Round Rock — will open a new restaurant concept at the Co-Op District in Hutto, the new 35-acre mixed-use development off U.S. Hwy. 79.

The new Mexican food eatery, which has yet to be named, is planned for a late 2022 opening, and is expected to bring 40 to 60 jobs to the community.

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