Popular Austin restaurant to be featured on ‘Shark Tank’

One of Austin’s most beloved food truck-turned-restaurants is getting the “Shark Tank” treatment in a few weeks.

Worker Jesse Frausto prepares food for the Chi'Lantro food trailer as they ready for business Friday afternoon March 13, 2015. SXSW 2015 is in full swing and a big part of the nearly two-week festival on interactive, film and music are the many temporary permitted events around downtown. One such permitted area is the popular South Bites Trailer Park located on 604 Driskill Street south of Cesar Chavez and the convention center. The park features a bar and a variety of food options. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Worker Jesse Frausto prepares food for the Chi’Lantro food trailer as they ready for business Friday afternoon March 13, 2015. SXSW 2015 is in full swing and a big part of the nearly two-week festival on interactive, film and music are the many temporary permitted events around downtown. One such permitted area is the popular South Bites Trailer Park located on 604 Driskill Street south of Cesar Chavez and the convention center. The park features a bar and a variety of food options.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s unclear exactly what the upcoming episode featuring Chi’Lantro BBQ will entail for the local business, but the show features a panel of potential investors who hear offers from entrepreneurs seeking investment for their business. If any of the sharks bite (perhaps Chi’Lantro’s Texas roots will catch Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s eye?), it could be huge for this beloved Austin staple.

Chi’Lantro BBQ, which originated as a Korean BBQ food truck in 2010 and now boasts three brick-and-mortar restaurants in addition to their downtown trailer, is slated to open a fifth location in the South Shore District in November. The restaurant gained its popularity based around its homemade kimchi, namely its kimchi fries, which feature caramelized kimchi, cheese, onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, sriracha, “magic sauce” and either spicy pork, spicy chicken, soy-glazed chicken, tofu or ribeye beef.

The episode airs Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. on ABC.


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