UT Austin Bans Tailgating at Longhorn Football Games Over Virus Concerns

OUT Austin Prohibitions tailgating during soccer games
While the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, Longhorn soccer games are still scheduled at the University of Texas at Austin starting Saturday, September 12th. As part of the university’s mitigation efforts, any public tailgating on and near campus is prohibited for the US throughout the football season. Likewise, the university will not host their usual pre-game food and drink experiences, including Bevo Blvd and Longhorn City Limits, which usually include a bar. To make up for this lack of bar, the stadium will have the Deep Eddy End Zone bar at Gate 8.

And yes, guests are allowed to enter the stadium during the games. It limits seating capacity to 25 percent (the legal limit for outdoor college sports games is 50 percent per Texas Governor Greg Abbott), which still means a crowd of 25,000 people ideally social distancing. There have currently been a total of 108 positive cases of COVID-19 in college students this week as of Thursday September 3. The campus reopened on August 20th and classes began on August 26th.

Austin Food Nonprofit expands
Nonprofit Local Food The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is expanding its coverage to the entire state. As the Texas Food & Wine Alliance (TFWA), the organization will include Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. This means that starting in 2021, the grants in all four cities as well as the vents and food education program will be extended.

The organization does not hold personal events. Instead, a new virtual cooking series is being launched, the Alliance Academy, in which chefs and cocktail experts show viewers how to cook dishes and mix drinks. The kits can be purchased through Assembly Kitchen for national shipping. The first event will take place on Thursday, September 17th, with Edgar Rico from Nixta Taqueria and Sara Mardanbigi, Jackie Letelier from Charcuterie Company Casero, pastry chef and Tavel Bristol-Joseph, partner from Emmer & Rye / Hestia / Kalimotxo / Henbit / TLV, Anita Jaisinghani from Houston Indian, held Restaurant Pondicheri and Rico Torres from San Antonio Restaurant Mixtli. The first dish is the tomato tostada, which is available with or without cocktails. A portion of all sales of cooking sets goes to the TFWA.

The organization is also practically hosting its high school cooking conference, the Culinary Arts Career Conference, in October with a keynote from Chef Alon Shaya.

Bar closure in the city center
The bar in the city center The Dirty Dog Bar is permanently closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The lease for the 505 East Sixth Street bar expired in late August, and owner Chris Weinheimer decided not to renew it because, according to the Facebook post, “there is no end in sight” and “a new lease is currently being signed at an installment rate that does not allow us to be profitable. It’s just not a viable option. “There are plans to hopefully move the bar to a new address when the bars are allowed to fully reopen.

Potential downtown bar plans
The downtown Maggie Mae’s bar plans to expand its building by two more floors at 323 East Sixth Street, Towers reports. The bar presented the plan to the Historic Landmark Commission this week, and the department asked for some changes and will make a decision next week.

Gluten free virtual dinner
Austin-based Grain-free Mexican-American food company Siete Family Foods is hosting a virtual home dining event on Saturday, September 12th. Participating restaurants, including Comedor, La Condesa, Loro and Nixta Taqueria, offer take-away gluten-free dishe that day, available from 12pm to 5pm. Each article will be accompanied by a local musician with live music that evening at 7 p.m. on YouTube. Donations will then be made to the Hispanic Impact Fund. Pre-orders can be made online.

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