7 things to know in Austin food: Local pizzeria folds after 27 years

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.

The Most Instagramable Mexican Restaurant in Town, Gabriela’s downtownplans to expand South Austin. Founded in early 2018 by Michoacan siblings Gabby and Arturo Bucio, Gabrielas Downtown has since attracted a lot of social media attention for its DJ-played brunches, homemade choriquesos, and hearty mole enchiladas (and who could forget them) colorful selection of alcoholic options, including fruity margarita flights and modelos with a chamoy rim. A baby blue banner announcing the expansion of the Bucio family is currently hanging over Gabriela’s upcoming southern location at 9600 S. IH-35, Unit B-500, due to open in Spring / Summer.

A restaurant / bar hybrid shoots at the South Congress. White Tiger is the brainchild of the notorious restaurateur Bob Woody, who is behind watering holes in the city center like Shakespeare’s Pub and Buford’s. As first reported by Austin360, White Tiger is advertised as the South Congress’s “first and only restaurant shot bar”. It also offers staples like burgers, nachos, and tacos, a full bar, and a selection of specials in the $ 3 to $ 6 price range. White Tiger is located on S. Congress Ave. 1321, where Botticelli used to be, which was permanently closed last July.

Beloved Oak Hill Restaurant Austin Pizza Garden The 27-year-old pizzeria has served cakes, sandwiches, and salads (and an admirable selection of draft beers) from the historic James A, due to close last week on Jan. 17, Patton Building at 6266 US-290, which was opened as a general store in 1898 was opened and was declared a landmark of the city in 1970. Although an employee of Eater Austin said there was a chance the pizza place could reopen in a new location, nothing official has been announced. Austin Pizza Garden will continue to offer take-away and third-party delivery through its website until it closes on Sunday.

After years of anticipation Beerdrop from Austin Beerworks is cleared for takeoff at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Serving a variety of ABW cans, bottled and draft beers for pre-flight consumption, the new outpost was first announced in 2017 as part of the Austin City Market Airport’s food concourse. While the local company cannot claim ownership, management or control of its airport location under Texas law, Beerdrop’s ABW branding is unmistakable, and you’ll even proudly see the brewery’s famous ’99 pack of Peacemaker Anytime Ale.

New Thai ghost cuisine Charoen Express moved to town. Curated by co-owner and chef Char Chongchitmate, formerly of Thai Lada and Mrs. MamThe Charoen Express menu features made-to-order appetizers, soups, curries and noodles, crab rangoons, omelette Pad Kra Prow and a Tangier, spicy version of Pad Thai. The kitchen itself is located in Cloud Kitchens at 5610 N. IH 35 and has a spacious courtyard area that is open to guests. Charoen Express is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and can be made available for takeaway, catering and third party delivery via Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, ChowNow and Chowbus.

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After a brutal year for the state (and indeed the national) hospitality industry, Food Delivery App With the Dash announced plans to provide $ 500,000 to the Texas Restaurant Relief Fund. The contribution is part of DoorDash’s 5-year Main Street Strong pledge of $ 200 million, which includes $ 10 million in support of restaurants in cities across the United States and Canada.

Texas Hill Country Wineries, a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting Texas’s fast-growing wine industry, will be holding its annual grant ceremony practically this year. The Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Award is available to Texas residents attending a state school or college program related to the wine industry. At this year’s event, $ 9,500 will be given out to nine students at institutions including Texas Tech University, Texas A&M, and the University of Houston Hilton. The scholarships will be awarded live on Facebook during the Hill Country nonprofit’s virtual happy hour on January 14th at 6pm. Those interested can learn more about the group’s scholarship program and the RSVP for the event on the ceremony’s Facebook page.

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