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Last week new details regarding were announced Verbena, the upcoming restaurant and bar concept from Juniper boss Nic Yanes and local investor Rick Singleton. The all-day dining restaurant is located in the Canopy by Hilton Hotel on West Sixth Street and is intended to offer a “vegetable approach” to French and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a beverage program developed by the cocktail company Proprietors LLC. According to a press release, Yanes is aiming for an opening in July. Abbena offers Verbena breakfast options to take away from the espresso counter as well as “modified” lunch and dinner menus.
Vic and Al, the long-awaited Cajun concept from the team behind the popular Italian food truck Patrizi, opened at 2406 Manor Rd. For limited takeaway service on May 22nd. The house’s “quick menu” currently available (missing the Vic and Al’s upcoming dinner options and daily specials) includes four main courses: slow seared pork, seared chicken thighs, blackened catfish, and a seasonal vegetarian option, all served on either a bed of rice or house vegetables or trapped in a po’boy. The new restaurant hit the headlines in late March, long before it even opened, when owners / cousins Nic and Matt Patrizi opened a communal kitchen in the space to serve the city’s unemployed service industry workers. According to its website, Vic and Al’s will continue to offer takeaway food aid to those in need. For more information, please email the restaurant’s beverage director, Terra Stahlbaum, at [email protected]
Appropriately named traveling pop-up grocery store, Pop Up Grocery announced the further development of its planned Austin residence at 408 W. Second St. with several precautionary measures (e.g., requirement of face masks for buyers). From June 5th to 28th, groups of up to four customers can simultaneously explore the large selection of over 150 sustainable food, beverage and personal care brands in the pop-up and enjoy freshly baked bread with the kind permission of the hotel Sour duck market. Once the opening times are open, the opening times are daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For visitors who do not want to share the room with others, appointments are only available between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Appointments can be made on the Pop-Up Grocer website.
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Austin’s redundant hospitality workers or employees on leave are eligible for food aid from Austin Shift Meal. The program, launched by ATXSomm’s co-founder Mandi Nelson, offers qualified applicants a weekly “goodie bag” with meals, snacks and beverages from participating restaurants and brand partners such as aviary, The soaking room, and Richard’s rainwater. According to a press release, Nelson is currently accepting restaurant sponsorships and monetary donations distributed by the program’s nonprofit partner, the Austin Food and Wine Alliance. Those interested can apply to receive the bag this week or volunteer at the distribution at austinshiftmeal.com.
For the second time in a row The Austin ladies – the local chapter of the nonprofit Les Dames d’Escoffier International – awarded grants, professional development grants, and $ 20,000 grants to eight women in the culinary and hospitality industry in central Texas. “We thought about the upheavals and uncertainties that the hospitality industry has faced in recent months,” said Stephanie Piland, Les Dames’ Austin Chair Chair, in a press release. “The award of educational grants and $ 20,000 grants was the ultimate act of optimism for our industry at that moment.” Notable fellows are Eberly Wine director Krista Church, who received $ 4,000 for studying sustainable winemaking in Austria, and Nixta Co-owner Sara Mardanbigi, who received $ 2,000 to earn Sommelier Certifications on behalf of expanding her company’s beverage program.