6 things to know in local food: Cocktail lounge shakes up North Austin

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Italian staple food from North Austin Come on restaurant launches a relaxed new cocktail lounge with seasonal aperitifs. Stay (Italian for “stay”) recently presented its new room and a snack menu with appetizers such as Antonelli’s cheese and meat platter, pizza di polenta, roast lamb chops and ravioli friti. The lounge’s libation menu, developed by bar advisor Caitly Jackson, who previously used her talents on activities like Geraldine’s and Olive & June, includes a variety of Italian wines, vermouth and cider, as well as homemade beverages like the Testa Rossa, a homemade hibiscus Tea combined with Contratto Rosso, Sidro del Bosco, dry cider and Lunaria Pecorino. Both Restare and Andiamo are open for the dine-in service Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Andiamo is also open to take away. Reservations for both operations are recommended and can be made through Resy for Restare and on the restaurant’s website for Andiamo.

Given the growing demand for smaller, socially distant gatherings, Austin-based El Chile Group has announced The cellar, a new indoor and outdoor venue on Manor Road available for “small intimate private events” that are in compliance with current city health and safety guidelines. “The amount of inquiries we received from the community looking for a safe place for micro-weddings, rehearsal dinners, and holiday gatherings prompted us to examine how our available location at Manor Road 1900 could meet the demand.” says COO Orlando Sanchez in a release. Located in the home of the now closed Yuyo, La Cantina features the vibrant El Chile Group color scheme as well as a catering menu that draws on popular El Alma, El Chile, and El Chilito restaurants. In addition to its socially detached floor plan, the venue offers a full bar, audio / video packages, and other rental options for events of limited size. Interested parties can now book their autumn event by emailing [email protected]

If you usually climb the walls for too much caffeine, the newest gym and coffee shop combo in Central Austin might be your new obsession. On Thursday October 1st, St. Elmo will be making coffee speaker opened its long-awaited second outpost in the new central facility of the Crux Climbing Center at 6015 Dillard Cl. next to Brewtorium. Spokesman offers a selection of Ethiopian, Central, and South American branded beans prepared in the heart of the 20,627 square foot fitness room. Climbers can cool off not only to take away, but also with the café’s beer, tea and kombucha range. With the new gym opening hours starting Monday October 5th, Crux Central is currently open Monday through Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Perhaps the best name of them all, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago-based hospitality group brings some meditation-infused Flare South Congress’ fast-growing Music Lane development. AbaCombining traditional inspiration with lighter, Californian-style cuisine, the Mediterranean restaurant officially opened its second location on Thursday October 1st. Aba’s kitchen is headed by Austin-based chef Nick Erven and offers a selection of signature dishes such as crispy short rib hummus, tamarind braised short ribs and shawarma spicy skirt steam, as well as a rich orange blossom creme brulee cake for dessert. Head mixologist Liz Pearce, whose cocktail creations include the Frozen Pina Express and a green Harissa Bloody Mary, heads the restaurant’s beverage menu. In addition to the options, guests can dine indoors or outdoors on a multi-story outdoor deck shaded by a 100-year-old native oak. Aba is currently at 1011 S. Congress Ave, Monday through Friday, 4pm to 11pm. open. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The team behind restaurants in Austin such as TenTen and Devil May Care has created a new take-out and delivery concept with a holistic mission. The fountain, which focuses on nutritious snacks and meals for plants, has flourished in the 2nd Street District. Compiled with the kind permission of Jon Oh, Nova Hospitality’s culinary director and Liv Langdon, holistic health trainer, the operation’s menu of colorful, homemade cuisine includes fruity smoothies and bowls, gourmet toast, seasonal salads, and more. As part of Nova Hospitality’s commitment to promoting wellbeing across the city, the new restaurant is partnering with Austin organizations to deliver delicious, nutritious meals weekly to underserved communities. The fountain will be available for pickup and delivery and will have patio seating from the end of this month. with expansion plans to follow.

The city’s most lauded taqueros are doing their part to fuel political engagement, and now the upscale restaurant on the east side happiness joins a new Tacos for Votes program. Chef Fermín Nunez, an offshoot of the restaurant’s popular Taquero Tuesday takeover event, will be collaborating with fellow Austin chefs on a special taco offering each week. The limited menu item every week is available on Tuesday evening for food and take-away. Half of the proceeds from every taco specialty sold will be donated to the Jolt Initiative, a non-profit organization that advocates greater participation by Tejanos. Suerte’s current guest chefs include: Sour duckMark Buley on October 6th, Judge Berty of TLV on October 13th, Arianna Quant by Hai hospitality on October 20 and Beto Robledo by How many tacos October 27. Suerte is currently open Monday through Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for food and take-away. Thursday to Friday from 4pm to 10pm; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

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