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
Full english, a cozy South Austin spot known for its unpretentious selection of British desserts, fish and chip specialties on Friday nights, and breakfast platters, is closing on July 19th. The restaurant’s owners, married couple Shadrach and Alice Smith, took to Instagram to share the news, saying the closure was due to the pandemic economic climate currently affecting many independent restaurants in Austin. “We fought hard and fought our way through the lockdown and restrictions,” the statement said, “but it recently became clear that we couldn’t afford to go on.” In the post it was announced that the restaurant area on Stassney Lane and Menchaca Road would be converted into the first stationary location of The vegan yacht. According to a GoFundMe page created by the vegan yacht owner Mike Dub-Jones Wood, the new restaurant is slated to open by September 1 after renovations and a new outdoor mural.
Missing Olamaiedivine biscuits? The southern restaurant opens Little Ola’s cookies, a take-away shop that delivers the famous pastries straight to your car. Located on 1610 San Antonio Street in Olamaie, Little Ola’s has loads of cookies, as well as cookie sandwiches like fried chicken and sausage, egg, and cheese. Along with the sandwiches priced at $ 10 and below, Little Ola’s offers side dishes and pantries like sliced country ham and homemade allspice cheese.
Gemstones on the east side Brew & Brew and buffalo team up for a new sandwich deli. Synchronized Bufalina DeliLocated in Brew & Brew at 500 San Marcos Street, the new store has a menu of meatball and eggplant parmesan, and summer tomato and lettuce with a simple salad. The day-to-day operations of the outpost are managed by Brew & Brew, while Bufalina is responsible for sourcing the ingredients. The new deli will officially open on Friday 17th July. A preview is planned for this weekend.
Baseball legend (and lifelong rancher) Nolan Ryan opened a boutique butcher shop in Round Rock. Goodstock by Nolan Ryan will serve as the first physical location for the Goodstock brand, a new line of products from the former MLB pitcher that includes fresh beef, barbecue utensils and other housewares. The boutique butcher shop is located at 38000 East Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 110 is offering customers two new lines of Goodstock beef cut to size by an in-house butcher, as well as a range of Texas products. Goodstuck by Nolan Ryan is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are currently guidelines for social distancing for the safety of employees and customers.
black has reopened for outdoor seating and roadside service and is set to expand to midday weekend hours in the future. Guests who reserve a seat in Lenoir’s newly renovated garden dining area (created by owners Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher) can maintain social distance and minimize unnecessary contact by using a QR code to access the restaurant’s new hot weather menu which contains twelve seasonal dishes, including a cheese platter with walnuts from Zilker Park, cold summer cannelloni stuffed with goat feta, Morita-roasted Gulf prawns and a pork pie melt with caramelized onions. Guests can now make reservations with Resy. Take-away orders are made to order. Lenoir is currently open Thursday through Sunday from 5pm to 10pm.
The four restaurants of the Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s are up for auction. Hilco Real Estate, LLC announced the deadline for the bankruptcy sale of real estate this Friday, July 10th. Many longtime Austinites and UT alumni will see this as the end of an era (Trudy’s first opened its doors to service in 1977), Hilco’s senior vice president, Jeff Azuse sees a silver lining in the bankruptcy auction. “The sale encompasses both tangible and intangible assets, which is a compelling opportunity for an owner / user to add this established brand to an existing portfolio, or for a new owner / investor to get into a popular business,” said Azuse. According to a press release, interested parties can currently acquire all assets, furniture, furnishings, appliances and intellectual property rights, including trademarks, company names, copyrights and more. For more information, visit HilcoRealEstate.com or call 855-755-2300.
Last week, CultureMap reported on the Austin Independent School DistrictThe program offers meals for students and supervisors. During a district closure, this program requires immediate financial assistance. Charitable until July 10th GoodWork Austin seeks help raise $ 120,000, enough to earn $ 20,000 to feed children in the area. Currently, the AISD is serving approximately 44,000 meals to students each week, a service that will not be available during the district’s closure July 6-10. Other local emergency food supplies like CTXFB and Keep Austin Together will be available during this void as alternative options, but the need remains. AISD’s nonprofit education foundation, The Austin Ed Fund, is offering a matching gift of $ 31,000 through their AISD Crisis Support Fund. Community members can donate through this donation link here until July 10th.