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A bright teal walkup cabana awaits you on Madison Street. Photo: Rosin Saez

Although PK and Wiley Frank shuttered Little Uncle’s walkup window to focus on their restaurant up the block, affordable takeout will live on in the form of cubano dips and savory empanadas. Manu Alfau of Manu’s Bodega in Pioneer Square takes the torch at 1509 E Madison. That sidewalk space is now home to Manu’s Bodegita. It officially opens July 25.

Passersby may have already noticed the bright teal walkup cabaña softly open this week, serving cups of fresh squid ceviche with cucumber, watermelon, and plantain chips all nestled atop an avocado cream base. The midday menu also boasts a lineup of hot sandwiches: a tender roasted puerco asado, a mojo chicken, and a cubano dip that comes with a small mug of braised pork liquid for dipping.

Other mobile offerings include empanada in yam, beef, or seasonal carmelized onion form, plus fresh fried plantain tostones.

Mornings will have Honor Society Coffee and breakfast tacos from the Austin native. Iterations include chorizo, egg, and cheese as well as potato, egg, and cheese.

Starting Monday, the little bodega’s hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7am to 9pm, with breakfast wrapping up at 11. Fridays and Saturdays mean late night eats: the window will be open from 7am until 1am. Stop by on your crawl home. For more details see yourself to the Manu’s Bodega Facebook page.

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