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.
(Re) openings and closings
Citing business issues arising from the novel coronavirus, Veggie heaven – the legendary Asian-inspired vegetarian restaurant on West Fifth Street – announced it was closing last Tuesday, September 1st. “Since COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our business, we have decided to shut it down permanently,” said the company’s Facebook page Thank you Austin for so many great years. ”Veggie Heaven has been based in Austin since 1998, except for a brief hiatus in 2014 when the original location at Drag closed following the resignation of owner Mei Chin. Her daughter Stacy Chen then took over the business and moved it to the city center.
DipDipDip Tatsu-YaDipDipDip Tatsu-Ya, a new Japanese hot pot from the team behind Ramen Tatsu-Ya, will reopen for limited dine-in service starting Wednesday September 9th. It offers a menu with two selected grannies and a menu of curated sake. The adjacent sandwich pop-up operation of the establishment will continue to operate from the restaurant’s ice window. There, guests can order a selection of juicy milkshakes, artisanal ice creams, and dippable sandwiches like the new Chicken Karaage. Down the street, Ramen Tatsu-YaThe East Austin location at 1600 E. 6th St. is also reopening for dinner with a gentle opening Tuesday, September 8, followed by a return to the restaurant’s regular schedule Wednesday through Sunday the following day. Reservations are required for both facilities and can be made through Resy or by calling 512-298-6289 for DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya. DipDipDip’s meal times are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm. The opening times on the east side of Ramen Tatsu-Ya are Wednesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm.
Relaxed cocktail bar and restaurant bar Peach colored On Wednesday, September 2, the West Sixth outpost reopened for limited “safe distance” seating. The reopening includes new menu options, including a Taiwanese duck roll and the return of the operation’s popular weekly steak and frites event on Tuesday night. Up north on Burnet Road, sister restaurant The peach tortilla, expanded its dining area with a new terrace under the open sky (the indoor dining room is still available for socially distant seating). The expanded seating on the Peached Tortilla is marked by the introduction of Life is a Peach Frose, a new cocktail made with peach vodka, peach schnapps, rose, peach bush, and orange juice. The to-go operation of both concepts on the roadside remains operational. Bar Peached and The Peached Tortilla are currently open Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm to 9pm. Friday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm; and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, The Peached Tortilla is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Other messages and notes
Austin’s own Siet Family Foods, Supplier of all things without grain, is holding a special “night-in” celebration. On Saturday September 12th, the company is working with local restaurants dining room, The countess, your, and Nixta Taqueria Offering gluten-free take-away dishes, which will then be “paired” with a local musician from 7pm during a special YouTube concert. Participating musicians include some of the biggest names in Austin – The Tiarra Girls, Gina Chavez, Carrie Rodriguez, as well as Adrian Quesada and Beto Martinez. Siete Family Foods will also donate a portion of the proceeds to the Hispanic Impact Fund. Meals are picked up on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pre-orders are strongly recommended and can be made here.
Austin’s premier Israeli street food restaurant offers a new way to celebrate the Jewish New Year from home. TLVThe special pre-set Rosh Hashanah menu includes three courses, including traditional dishes such as fish kofte chraime, shoulder toasted lamb chops, freshly baked challah, and apple bread pudding. This one-time meal set is priced at $ 120 for two and $ 200 for four, while a vegetarian option sells for $ 100 for two and $ 180 for four. TLV is currently taking pre-orders for its Rosh Hashanah special, which will be made available for roadside pickup (and limited delivery) in the Fareground Food Hall downtown restaurant on Friday, September 18. Orders can be placed here or by calling 512-608-4041.
Hard Selters brand in Austin Powerful waves recently restarted with a fresh new taste and packaging design. The company’s four existing flavors (cherry lime, watermelon mint, peach and grapefruit) include a new range of blackberries. Like the company’s other libations, the Blackberry Mighty Swell only contains 100 calories and three grams of sugar per 12 ounces. can. Mighty Swell’s hard seltzer makers, all of which are 5 percent AB, are now both gluten-free and OU kosher certified, according to a statement from the company’s president and general manager, John Beal. All five options for hard seltzer are currently available in supermarkets as well as convenience and liquor stores.