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
East Austin Cafe Resuscitation coffee announced last week that it is closing its doors, saying the business has not been able to break even since March. The news comes a week after the company’s Instagram posted that Revival will be “closed until further notice” after being locked out of its building for unpaid rent. Then, on October 19, the store announced that he had been rescued. Gabby Bucio, owner of Gabriela’s inner city (and long-time Revival customer), has bought the shop, which is now open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (again).
It’s been a big weekend for South Austin beer specialists. Alongside the opening of While Brewing Co.’s new 4 acre beer garden is the long awaited location of South Austin Quiet tiger officially opened on October 16 for seemingly incessant crowds of eager fans. Like its North Austin location on the Linc, Easy Tiger South offers a selection of artisan baked breads, locally roasted coffee, charcuterie, and a bar serving more than 30 boutique beers on tap. While the location has ample outdoor seating, the opening weekend prompted the Biergarten encouraged the company to hike, bike, or ride a ride to solve problems with Easy Tiger’s limited parking on South Lamar Boulevard. Easy Tiger is currently open at 3508 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 200, with operating hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday to Thursday, and 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday to Saturday.
Just over a month after the downtown Chinese restaurant Veggie Heaven closed, another iconic vegetarian restaurant is closing. Mother cafe and garden announced the closure of its Hyde Park cafe on October 15th. Opened in the late 1970s, the health-oriented company was run in 1985 by current owners John Silberg, Anne Daniels and Cameron Alexander. Austin 360 Announces Operation On Saturday, October 24th, the restaurant was permanently closed. Since then, the restaurant has received a ton of support for its take-out operation and regularly sells out according to its social media pages. Before closing, Mother’s will be open for takeaway from 4pm to 7.30pm most days. Details can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Local carb-centric brewery Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches has announced a new food truck concept. Scheduled to open later this month, Batch PM features homemade, street food-inspired sausage creations from Chef Patrick Hinojosa, who previously worked for local businesses like Lenoir, LaV and Vixen’s Wedding. The brats are made with batch branded beer and served on homemade buns with toppings such as kimchi, sauerkraut, hoisin mayo, and mojo-braised pork. As in its original location, Batch PM will also be open for outdoor dine-in service. Takeaway options are also available. The new truck is located in the outdoor beer garden of the Batch Brewpub at 3220 Manor Rd.
Other messages and notes
A new production facility creates ways both for food justice and for increasing prosperity in black communities. Founded in June by former Baylor soccer star Larry Franklin with help from Resolutions Gardens owner Randy Jewart. Black lives vegetables (or simply BLV) is currently experimenting with a model of urban agriculture that produces vegetables like broccoli, kale, lettuce, and Swiss chard with limited space and equipment. BLV is based on a farmland / greenhouse in East Austin and is hoping to share its experience, assets and training resources with four other US cities as early as this winter. Jewart tells the Austin Chronicle that public relations will likely begin with an BLV setup in Durango, Colorado. Additionally, the company has started hosting plant pop-ups on the Dia’s Market and is currently accepting shipments of supplies such as plastic plant pots at 7204 Shelton Rd. Interested parties can check out Black Lives Veggies’ Facebook page for available products, Keep informed about pop-ups and donation opportunities.
On Monday east side coffee roaster Greater Goods Coffee Co. was named “2021 Micro Roaster of the Year” by the coffee-centric publication Roast Magazine. This is the first time a Texas-based facility has received the recognition. Roast’s article, due for publication in the upcoming November / December issue of the magazine, highlighted the company’s educational programs, commitment to quality and focus on community engagement as reasons for his choice. In addition to running virtual and in-person classes from its flagship East Austin location, Greater Goods donates to a local charity for every 12-ounce bag of coffee sold.