5 things to know in Austin food: 2 longtime Sixth Street bars shutter

Editor’s note: We understand It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have kept you informed with our regular round-up of the most important food news.

Openings and closings

Two Sixth Street staples stopped last week to publicize the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the live music and bar industries in Austin. Irish pub chain on August 26th, after 20 years of operation BD Rileys announced the closure of its popular downtown location via Facebook. (BD Riley’s second location on East Austin’s Mueller development is still open for food and takeout.) Two days later it was a popular pub / music venue Dirty dog ​​bar. “We held out as long as we could, even after we lost income from March onwards [sic] Today and with no end in sight, ”said Dirty Dog in his August 28 post. “We have been looking for a new location for some time and hope that after the bar ban and COVID restrictions are relaxed, we will open a new location.”

After months of anticipation in Dallas Bishop Cider Co. On Friday, August 28th, Bishop Cidercade opened its bar / arcade combo. The first of its kind in Austin, it is taking over the former location of Joe’s Crab Shack on Riverside Drive. The 13,000 square meter area offers 40 drinks for adults on tap, including cider, beer and wine, as well as a pizza kitchen and an outdoor terrace on the lake. The $ 10 entrance fee to the Cidercade for guests 5 and older includes access to more than 150 arcade games. The room is open to guests of all ages until 8 p.m. At this point, entry changes to 21 plus. The opening of the location includes numerous measures to ensure the safety of guests, including mandatory face masks for employees and customers and a limitation of restaurant capacity to 33 percent. Cidercade Austin is currently open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.

South Austin Radio coffee and beer gets a “foretaste of the swamp” thanks to the new food truck Da Boot Po’Boys. Da Boot has been a long-time part of the East Cesar Chavez food trailer scene. Run by chef / owner Keisha Washington and her partner Donnie, it offers a wide range of Louisiana comfort dishes, including 6 “and 12” butts. Boy sandwiches with fish, prawns or softshell crabs; Burger; Seafood platter; and side “lagniappe” options including cajun fries, collard greens and corn hushpuppies. The current operating hours of the trailer are Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Two heavy hitters from the Austin craft brewing scene team up to conquer the world of tough seltzer. Slush Buddies, an upcoming South Austin collaboration St. Elmo Brewing Co. and the east side Zilker Brewing Co., starts on Friday, September 4th at 12:00 noon. From their respective taprooms, both companies offer on-site castings and packs of 4 to take away, both for their collaboration fruit punch and for the hard raspberry hard seltzer. Hard seltzer slushies are also available at both locations, blended with real fruit purees to be enjoyed in the brewery or sealed in 16 ounces. Plastic swallow bags for take-away orders. “We really want to have a lot of fun with this project,” says Tim Bullock, co-owner of St. Elmo. “Selters are probably a little controversial in the craft beer world, but having fun shouldn’t be. “Online orders from Slush Buddy will be posted on their respective websites on Thursday, September 3rd at 10:01 pm. Collection begins on the following day at 12 noon in both taprooms.

MmmpanadasThe Austin-based brand, founded in 2008 by the couple Cody and Kristen Fields, now offers local delivery. While the company’s hearty empanadas, which include flavors like vegan flavored black beans and cheeseburgers, can be purchased frozen at over 300 local grocery stores, customers can have the crust-coated snacks delivered anywhere in the greater Austin area for a fee of $ 5. Deliveries are possible Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, the brand has partnered with the Austin-based company Mom and popswhose natural frozen paletas goodies can be added to any delivery order. Mmmpanadas also announced the reopening of its food truck on the University of Texas campus in front of Gregory Gym on Speedway on Aug. 26. According to the company’s website, the other Mmmpanadas food trailer, located outside of the Barton Springs pool, will remain closed until the popular swimming spot reopens.

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