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East Austin Arbor Food Park welcomes a new wood-fired pizza business. After a well received collaboration with East Side Staples Discada and Nixta Taqueria Dough boys will park his baby blue food truck permanently at 1108 E. 12th St. and join such popular food trucks as Rosarito and Cuantos Tacos. Chef Tony Curet – a Culinary Institute of American Degree and former head chef of the Apple Campus – and business partner Max Tilka toss eight original cakes made from locally sourced ingredients. The Curet menu also features the Sweet Ritual dessert option, a tiramisu game topped with a caramelized espresso glaze and doused with a Fernet mascarpone. Doughboy’s soft opening begins Wednesday August 5th through Thursday August 6th. The grand opening (with a special off-menu cake from Curet) will take place on Friday, August 8th. After opening, Dough Boy is 4 to 10 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday and sold out from noon to Sunday.
Last week Creperie and Cafe in Houston Sweet Paris announced that its first Austin location will open in the domain in mid-August. The new 2,429-square-foot restaurant is located next to the mall’s Starbucks and has an outdoor terrace and an event space. It has French industrial décor and offers the usual Sweet Paris menu of crepes, waffles, salads, panini, soups, and coffee drinks and brunch drinks. At the upcoming location, Sweet Paris will also partner with the Central Texas Food Bank for the Eat Here, Feed There initiative. When customers buy one of three special crepes (truffle caprese, lemon and sugar and “Allison’s Parfait”), Sweet Paris donates a meal to help children in need.
Fat cityEric Silverstein of Peached Tortilla, an American comfort food concept, is launching the first of several planned pop-ups Yard bar this weekend. Fat City’s menu was inspired by iconic fast-food establishments like White Castle, which features hand-dipped chicken fingers, stacks of fat (beef or chicken pusher), crinkle fries or tots, and sponge cakes filled with cream. The Fat City Yard Bar pop-up will be on Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th, from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In addition to Yard Bar’s regular drinks menu of cocktails, beers, and wine, Fat City offers drinks such as Root Beer and Dreamsicle Floats.
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Lotus Chinese, a domain restaurant known for its inspired take on American-Chinese cuisine, recently launched a new line of frozen dumplings. Lotus’ Nordic-style dumplings, with their thicker skin, come with pork and cabbage, chicken basil, or vegan sweet potato fillings, and cost $ 9.29 for a 12-pack. The pre-cooked offerings contain instructions for heating by boiling, frying or deep-frying and are available with four types of dumpling sauces: soy garlic, ultra-spicy dragon, chili oil, and sweet and sour. “Frozen dumplings and sauces have always been a dream project for us,” says Jessica Wu, co-owner of Lotus Chinese, in a press release. “As COVID started to affect the country and our city slowed down, we took the opportunity to continue selling take-away and work on developing our retail products.” Frozen dumpling orders can be placed on the restaurant’s website for both take away and roadside pickup.
To stabilize employee income after COVID-19, vinaigrette implemented a no-tip policy. New Mexico-based company owner Erin Wade said the decision to cut tips means higher hourly wages for front and rear workers, as well as higher prices for vinaigrette menu items. “The only way for Vinaigrette to implement this new tipping policy was to raise prices to cover service, which can be a controversial factor for the general public,” the company said in a press release. “The hard work, attention, and making sure the staff prepare the food should be reflected in their paychecks.”
Locally owned August 1st Tso Chinese delivery brought back its #TsoGiving donation service. Every first Saturday of the month, the restaurant offers free fresh meals to those in need affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to meals, which include vegetarian and vegan options, recipients can also receive free face masks and Richard’s Rainwater while supplies last. To date, Tso Austinites has donated over $ 100,000 in groceries through his weekend roadside thrus in April, # 50kForTeachers in May, and #TsoGiving for Families. Tso’s next donation will be on Saturday, September 5th at 9333 Research Blvd. Ste. E402.
Austin’s favorite About 313 was named “Pizzeria of the Year 2020” today by Pizza Today, an industry publication dubbed the “Leading Magazine for Pizza Professionals”. The article describes the pizzeria’s journey from a humble one-truck operation to the booming $ 12 million annual business it is today. “[Thank you] to everyone in Austin who supports us every day, ”read a message from the founders / owners of Via 313, Brandon and Zane Hunt, on the company’s Instagram page. “We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this community.”