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
In May CultureMap reported on an upcoming upscale restaurant and bar concept from Juniper / Uncle Nicky Chef Nic Yanes. On 10th of July Verbena, located next to Canopy by Hilton at 612 W. Sixth St., officially open to the public. The swanky new establishment offers a farm-to-table, old-world appetizer menu, including snapper crudo with parsley salsa verde and garden crudité with fresh local vegetables over ice. The main plates serve dishes such as bone-in lamb steak and charred fennel, and bouillabaisse with mussels. Verbena also offers a takeaway coffee counter with homemade pastries and handmade espresso drinks from Larger Goods Coffee Roastery Co. The dine-in restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Times can change. According to a press release, Verbena is “adhering to CDC and the City of Austin COVID-19 safety guidelines and regulations,” taking precautions such as disinfecting surfaces with guests in mind between assignments and ensuring staff are trained to ensure safety food handling practices.
The brewer’s table has closed permanently due to COVID-19. Although the operation has received rave reviews from critics and guests alike since it opened in April 2018, Eater Austin reports that the city’s current adverse economic climate was one it couldn’t survive. “I wish I had some positive news,” Jake Maddux, owner of Brewers Table, told Eater, “but with everything accelerating with the pandemic, I see no way to ever reopen.”
Kitchen UnitedThe California-based company, which is helping restaurants expand their reach to include the off-premise diner, welcomed two popular, Asia-inspired establishments to its Austin location earlier this week. Moving to Space at 8023 Burnet Rd. Is a new outpost of the popular Korean comfort eatery Seoulas well as the first permanent location of the Japanese pop-up Windows 512. Both operations are only open for take-away and delivery. While Ramen 512 and Seoulju opened their new stores last week, the two restaurants celebrate their joint opening this Wednesday, July 15, with a special combo that includes both ramen and chicken leg nuggets for $ 15. Details on the opening can be found on the event’s Facebook page. Until then, customers who would like to try both processes can place orders for pick-up or delivery on the respective websites of the restaurants as well as via Kitchen United’s online ordering platform.
Other messages and notes
The Far Out Lounge extends its range with two new food trucks: Wünder Pig BBQ Co. and SolarSno shaved ice. Fans of the current tenant of the South Austin Space, Poultry mouthI’ll be happy to know that not only does the truck stop, it even adds brunch. The food truck whips up a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where fans can enjoy smoked duck hash, eggs benedict, parfaits and waffles.
The Tatsu-Ya The empire works with the wine importer Vine connections The event will be led by Bryan Masamitsu Parsons of Tatsu-Ya and Tony “Bonez” Perez and Vine Connections’ sake specialist Jesse Brawner. For $ 50, guests get access to the online event as well as a sake tasting kit that includes three 4-ounce tasting bottles of imported premium Japanese sake, including a dry tokubetsu Junmai, a flavored Junmai Ginjo, and a light Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori. Also included in the kit is a selection of otsumami (Japanese snacks). Tasting kits can be pre-ordered now through Thursday July 16 online at tatsu-ya.com at the Ramen Tatsu-Ya East Austin location. The kits can be picked up from the same location on Friday, July 17th between 11am and 10pm. Access to the Zoom session will be emailed to confirmed guests in advance.
Farmhouse deliveryAn online marketplace of fresh produce, pasture meat, chef-curated meal sets, and more is currently available for contactless delivery in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Waco, and the surrounding area. Farmhouse Delivery works with a wide variety of farmers and ranchers, including Eden East, Urban root, Rain Lily Farm, and Johnsons backyard gardenas well as local Austin restaurants including Thai fresh, The father gold, and Antonellis cheese business. Farmhouse Delivery orders over $ 49.50 receive free shipping, according to a press release. Drivers also collect all delivery packaging from previous shipments to return to the warehouse for cleaning and reuse. Interested parties can sign up for delivery and shop on the service’s online marketplace via the Farmhouse Delivery website.
In other farmers market delivery app news, winner, an app that connects the Austin community with local farmers, bakers, suppliers and restaurants, announced last week an exclusive partnership with local baker Kendall Melton to launch their new pastry program. Vivian’s bakery. Melton, who named the operation after her late cat, has made a name for herself with concepts With you, Chicon, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. The pastry range includes French-inspired products like blackberry cream cheese tiger claws and salted dark chocolate chip cookies, as well as a range of homemade syrups that feature flavors like strawberries, vanilla pods, coffee and bourbon spices. All baked goods can be ordered via the Vinder app, which is available in the IOS and Android app store.