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
Lake Austin Institution Ski Shores Cafe moves inland to open a second location. A restaurant rep confirmed that a new Ski Shores outpost is taking over the former Darcy’s donkey at 1608 Barton Springs Rd. sometime this year. The exact opening date has yet to be announced, but the place will have a menu similar to the original, live music, a play area for children and a full bar with 24 drinks on tap. The original location remains open.
After more than two years of anticipation Captain Quackenbush’s coffee house has confirmed that it is finally open at 5326 Menchaca Rd. From February 1, the new company will serve coffee and baked goods daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with limited opening times. Extended hours are just around the corner.
Other messages and notes
Abby Jane Bakeshop, the former Dai Due pastry chef’s upcoming bakery Abby Love, is giving the capital a Valentine’s Day present with three carbohydrate pop-ups in February. First and foremost is a brunch collaboration with LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue on February 23, followed by king cake sales at the Plaza Saltillo location Sweet snow ice on February 22nd and Confituras small kitchen on February 23.
The Spicy guys Food truck at Zilker Brewing on East Sixth Street is hoping to get under the skin of Austin for its first anniversary on February 16. During the birthday celebrations, Eastend Tattoos will be available and flash tattoos will be available from 12pm to 6pm. Anyone who receives the Spicy Boys logo will get $ 5 sandwiches for life. Other attractions include a ranch fountain and a Blank Hellscape DJ set from 2pm to 6pm.
A massive class of 19 Austin bartenders will battle talent from across the state on February 17th to win the title of Best Bartender in Texas and $ 10,000 Garrison Brothers DistilleryBourbon Brawl 2020. The semi-finals will take place in Austin on April 23rd, before one final challenge will be held at the Fair Market on May 7th.
The Austin Oyster Festival snapped an enviable date for its 2020 edition on Republic Square. On the annual leap day, February 29, the annual Shindig features a selection of baked, grilled and raw oysters by Chris Bauer and Tray Horvath, cocktail pairings and live music. The ticket proceeds will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.