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Iconic bakery Round rock donuts recently applied for permission to build a “6,000-square-foot walk-through and drive-through bakery” in Cedar Park, the Williamson Reporter first reported. An opening date for the operation at 1614 E. Whitestone Blvd. is yet to be announced. Round Rock Donuts opened as Lone Star Bakery in 1926 and is now run by Cathy Guderyahn, daughter of former owners Jan and Dale Cohrs. Although the company originally opened on Round Rock Main Street, it moved to its current location at 106 W. Liberty Ave. in 1970. around. Round Rock Donuts only store is open for takeout and drive through from 4am. Daily from 30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
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French gastropub in the campus area Hopfields Austinites now offers more than just an impressively curated craft beer tap wall. Via the restaurant’s new free school lunch program, Hopfields will use its newly expanded terrace to provide school-age children (under 12) with a safe, socially distant outdoor area where they can use the restaurant’s high-speed internet (plus selected school) Accessories available upon request) and enjoy a free lunch. Free offers include grilled cheese, PB&J, and buttered noodles, plus a juice box from Honest Kids. In addition, Hopfields offers a free cup of bottomless coffee for accompanying parents. The Dinner Only Promotion is available Monday through Friday from 11am to 4pm until the Thanksgiving break, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 23, for all AISD elementary schools.
What should have been a festival year for the local grocer Wheatsville Food Co-op has formed as anything but. In a recent email to customers and co-op owners, the Austin-based retailer reported that Wheatsville’s average sales fell 15 percent for its 45th year of operation, despite an overall boom in the food industry in 2020. The publication cited several reasons for Wheatsville’s current financial troubles, including shoppers increasingly choosing to patronize big box stores and who are currently working at the University of Texas with less than 50 percent capacity (the student body usually represents a significant portion of Wheatsville’s business). To help the grocer survive another 45 years, Wheatsville offered three simple actions that customers can take. “Come in and shop, tell a friend about us, and keep coming back,” the email read. In addition, the store is asking customers with warm memories of Wheatsville to share their stories at [email protected] Wheatsville has two locations: 3101 Guadalupe St. and 4001 S. Lamar Blvd. Order online, check weekly deals and much more on the website.
A number of Austin restaurants are diving into the world of weekly and monthly subscriptions, and local foodies benefit. Table 22As a new digital platform that gives chefs and restaurateurs the tools to build subscription-based revenue streams, local businesses are offering pay-as-you-go membership plans, including a $ 75 monthly membership level for Major A La Mode at Amy’s Ice Creams, which offers five curated pints of ice cream plus free shipping, among other things. Also of note is a monthly “Wine Adventurer” subscription to L’Oca d’Oro valued at $ 32-210, which offers wine packages curated by sommeliers to accompany chef Fiore Tedesco’s favorite dishes. Those interested can learn more by visiting Table 22’s website and subscribe to the latest deals from their favorite Austin business.
Central market announced last week its star-studded series of talks and cooking demonstrations taking place during this year’s Texas Book virtual festival. Jam Sanitchat, chef and owner of Thai Fresh and Gati, will hit the online stage on Wednesday, November 11th at 10:00 am to prepare recipes from her new, aptly titled cookbook, Thai Fresh: Beloved Recipes from a South Austin Icon . Other notable sessions include a chat with Texas Monthly Taco editor Jose R. Ralat on Saturday, November 7th at 2 p.m., as well as a panel with Chef and Ugly Delicious host David Chang and pastry chef Lisa Donovan, presented by actor Gen Padalecki Friday, November 13th, 10am. The Central Market sponsored food program runs November 7-13 and starts at 10 a.m. each day. The Texas Book Festival will broadcast all of its live programming via the Crowdcast broadcast platform. Please visit the festival website for more information on how to participate and a full calendar of events.
Even if it’s not safe to travel this year, the holidays can still be saved. On October 23 Franklin barbecue announced that its award-winning whole smoked brisket can be shipped nationwide. According to the company’s social media posting, the chest pieces can be ordered six weeks in advance. The total cost of the chestpiece and delivery, a process handled by Goldbelly.com, is $ 249. Chest pieces can be ordered here on Goldbelly’s website, but at the time of this writing, Franklin’s chest pieces were – as usual with Franklin – sold out. However, the good news for meat fans is that Goldbelly also offers deliveries from a variety of local establishments, including whole briskets Terry’s Black’s BBQ.