7 things to know in Austin food: Cidery barrels onto Barton Springs

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Openings and take-away offers

Details about Austin EastcidersThe upcoming taproom / restaurant operation recently opened and brought some refreshingly positive news to Barton Springs Road after a series of shutters. Following the announcement last fall that it would take over the former Billys Smokehouse & Brewery, the new taproom from Eastciders will open “sometime in July”, according to Eater. It will be the flagship of cidery as well as small series offerings on tap included in cocktails. The upscale on-site menu overseen by Foxtail Supper Club’s Page PressleyThese include pizzas, sandwiches and – amusingly – sausages that are pickled in cider.

Elsewhere in the craft world, long awaited brewery, Hold out the brew Finally open for roadside service in 1208 West Fourth St. behind the sister restaurant Better Half. On May 7th, the company began to serve six-packs of its hoppy and light beers from the former real ale head brewer Brent Stapsead next to the indulgent pub grub from Better Half Executive Chef Rick Reimbolt. After the beer sold out at the beginning of its first weekend, the operation seems to have adjusted to its weekly Thursday-Sunday schedule. Online orders will go live on Wednesday afternoon.

After weeks of offering ready-to-cook taco kits, Mexican-inspired restaurant happiness announced a full menu to take away from the chef Fermín Núñez, called Suerte Taqueria. “The Suerte family is excited to begin making our version of street tacos and opening a takeaway taqueria in these uncertain times,” said the owner Sam Hellman Mass. The chef’s ready-made tacos, which can be picked up on the restaurant’s website on the same day, are sold in groups of four per order and are filled with either the restaurant’s famous suadero, grilled chicken, campechano, or a rotating vegetarian option. Classic Suerte side dishes, desserts, and agave-forward cocktail kits are also available, while DIY foodies can still purchase Suadero and Migas taco meal sets to cook at home.

It appears to be a popular Clarksville cocktail bar Bar peach will start its own to-go operation at the beginning of June. The cocktail café’s sister restaurant, The Peached Tortilla, announced an upcoming “family meals and take-away cocktails” menu on Instagram on May 13th from the currently closed outpost. Unlike its West Austin counterpart, The Peached Tortilla’s Burnet facility has remained operational throughout the pandemic. It offers an impressive selection of family dishes, snacks, and Japanese take-away sandwiches, plus regular roadside pickup collaborations with alcoholic Boba tea pop-up partner Daijou.

Other messages and notes

On May 6, the R / GA advertising agency in Austin released its charity cookbook. Austin Table: Recipes from Popular Austin Restaurants. The 55-page digital book features hand-picked recipes from a wide variety of restaurants and bars hit hard by COVID-19, including Vary, Güeros, and The Gross. According to one publication, the cookbook, available from Visit Austin’s online store, costs $ 29.95. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the presented facilities.

The thoughts behind it Austin Restaurant Weeks, an annual two-week fall dining event benefiting the Central Texas Food Bankannounced a special off-season initiative: Keep feeding it, with the aim of helping local restaurants and those in need during the pandemic. A press release indicated that starting May 8, guests at home can help the Central Texas Food Bank provide 20 meals to communities in need by making the $ 5 “Feed It.” Donation when ordering online at a participating restaurant Forward “add. Also according to the publication, Tito’s handmade vodka matches all Feed It Forward donations up to $ 10,000.

The Mike and Sherry Project, a program envisaged by Suerte owner Sam Hellman-Mass to bring accessible mental health care to the Austin service industry, announced in a May 12 press release that its resources would be open to “all members of the COVID- 19 affected bar and restaurant community in Austin. “With funds from the project, Capital Area Counseling is providing affordable teletherapy services to city bar and restaurant workers regardless of their employment status. Interested parties looking for psychiatric care can make appointments or receive further information by email at [email protected] The project is currently accepting donations.

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