To update: Following release, the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative (AACHI) is saddened that the Far East Festival has been postponed indefinitely due to growing public safety concerns related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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
After 15 months in business, Smithville’s Micklethwait Market and Grocery Store went to Instagram on Feb.27 to announce the immediate closure. The news is not all grim, however. The Micklethwait Craft Meats Trailer and recently opened concept Taco Bronco remains operational as usual.
Westlake is getting a little cuter this spring, though Small cakes opens its third location. A press release indicates that the shop will merge with the existing outpost of Mixer & Bowls at 3736 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 8 to create a food court experience with two separate counters and a shared dining area. While the experience will be slightly different, the menu remains the same as at the Burnet Road and South Lamar Boulevard locations.
Further details have become known Dear diary coffee house, a new project at 1212 Chicon St. # 103, first submitted in November 2019 by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The concept is called a “coffee house for creative people” and includes common areas. Art supplies retail; and a cafe with a 100 percent plant-based menu of pastries, beer, take-away lunch, and lots of caffeine. Although the exact opening date has not yet been announced, several Facebook posts are trumpeting a spring debut.
In other naughty news that Teal House Coffee and Bakery Trailer will soon be handing out its decadent cinnamon buns in a new, permanent home. According to a representative, the concept will be in the former New India on S. Congress Ave. 2304 settle.
Other messages and notes
Andrew Zimmer will wake up Laundromat March 15th with a one day pop-up brunch. Cooperation with chefs René Ortiz and Laura SawickiThe celebrity chef and TV personality serve a menu of citrus curd donuts. Dim sum-inspired “snacks” and common side dishes like dry-fried eggplant, charred mushrooms, and spring onion pancakes. Reservations are required, but the $ 40 prepaid rate is surprisingly affordable.
A juicy Boba popup will pop up at the hot spot in West Austin from March 11th to 12th Bar peach. Elton Keung |, Owner of the Californian cult concept Laboratorywill open a shop every day from 4 p.m. in the private dining area on the ground floor. The cheeky menu includes apple striker Johnny Bobaseed and vodka-based Bobagasm.
Far East Festival returns to Austin for the third time on March 29th. In the held H-Mart In the parking lot at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. the event features snacks from Austin’s finest Asian restaurants, alcohol tastings, a noodle contest, and live performances. Tickets are $ 65 per person and benefit the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. [Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns about coronavirus.]