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Openings and shuffles
Two popular Mexican-style food truck companies have found a new home at Arbor Food Park at 1108 East 12th St. in East Austin. Comes first How many tacos, a Mexico City-style street taco establishment by Le Cordon Bleu grad Luis “Beto” Robledo. Cuantos Tacos moved to the site after Robledo’s former landlord, Edward Banks of Fast Eddies Automotive Repair, was instructed by the property’s owner to vacate the premises (even though Banks is in the middle of a lease). At the Arbor Food Park, Robledo plans to eventually move operations to a bigger truck and introduce an expanded menu that includes Al Pastor tacos cooked on a traditional trompo.
There is also a ceviche truck from the catering company Baja on the premises Rosarito. CultureMap reported back in February that the operation, which serves traditional lime-pickled shrimp ceviches as well as more exotic sashimi-style fish specialties from Mexico, first opened in 1812 on E. Sixth St. in the parking lot next to Whisler, but was forced to to turn in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosarito’s owner, Chef Carlos Acosta, told CultureMap that he hopes the truck will remain the permanent home of the Cevicheria.
Mongers Market + KitchenThe seafood restaurant, which has been docked at East Cesar Chavez since 2015, sails towards Hyde Park. The restaurant will take over the former wine Wine Square on Guadalupe Street, saying that while it “had a robust store in its East Cesar Chavez Street location,” it looks forward to moving into its new neighborhood and welcoming more families. A press release indicated that Monger’s reopening date will be announced shortly.
“The Absolute Würst” makes its way to North Austin. Dog houseThe California-based craft casual concept opened its first Texas location at Austin’s Kitchen United. In addition to nitrate-free sausages, dogs and patties designed by sausage maker Adam Gertler, the new location also offers menu items from three of The Absolute Brands’ delivery-only concepts: Bad Mutha Clucka, Werk B and Bad-Ass Breakfast Burritos. The Absolute Brands was founded by the founders of Dog Haus and is a new restaurant group consisting of nine unique concepts. Dog Haus Kitchen is located on 8023 Burnet Road and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Delivery and pick-up orders can be placed online via kitchenunited.com and third-party delivery apps.
Donut shop one month after the San Antonio River Walk location closed pumpkin Filed for bankruptcy last week. The company’s unfortunate expansion into the town of Alamo Gourdoughs left behind “significant debt” that only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to KVUE, which is indulgent Donuts in Brief. “I am confident that Austinites will enjoy Gourdoughs donuts, burgers and cocktails for many years to come with the tools included in the Bankruptcy Code,” Hajjar told KVUE. Gordough’s two remaining locations – A brick and mortar facility on South Lamar Boulevard and the original food truck on South First Street are both currently open for takeout orders.
South Austin Breakfast Taco Fixture The cousin will reopen on July 1 at its South First location, a representative announced to CultureMap. The food truck, popular for its breakfast and street tacos, temporarily closed for an indefinite period on May 30th. Since then, El Primo owner Jose Luis Perez has been working on moving his operations to a larger truck to keep up with increased demand. Perez and his team will be serving customers from the new truck starting Wednesday July 1st and plan to resume their regular working hours in the future. After Wednesday the truck is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other messages and notes
With recent city funding and support from the Austin Ed Fund, the Austin Independent School District is working with local restaurants to provide meals to students and carers. Meals are prepared by local restaurant partners, including Henbit, Quiet tiger, The golden goose, Colleen’s kitchen, and With you. “Before COVID-19, 67 percent of ISD students in Austin were dependent on school meals,” said Michelle Wallis, executive director of the Austin Ed Fund, in a press release. “We are particularly grateful to the City of Austin for this support and are honored to be able to work.” with our partners to support our local economy. “Meals are served five days a week along with a Friday package that includes meals for the weekend. Meals for the caregivers are available to the adults accompanying children at the food locations or with documentation of the children they are collecting meals for. Visit austinisd.org/covid19/meals for websites, times and other information about Austin ISD- Meals.