Coco, the Los Angeles-based robot delivery service, made its Austin debut this month. Austin restaurants participating in the program include Vaquero Taquero, Arpeggio Grill, Bambo Bistro, Clay Pit, DeSano Pizzeria, Tuk Tuk Thai and Aviator Pizza. The robots, which will be remotely controlled, will make deliveries in the South Lamar, South Congress, General South Austin, Downtown, North, North Loop and Domain areas. Last summer, food delivery service company Refraction AI launched its robots with Southside Flying Pizza.
New Owner of Red River Restaurant/BBQ Room
Now, concert promoter C3 Presents and Live Nation fully own restaurant and barbecue venue Red River Stubb’s, as Austin 360 reported. catering and the retail barbecue sauce brand of the same name in 2019. , and the Red River Spot was able to retain its name while its satellite position had to undergo changes.
Austin restaurant closures and temporary shutters
Rosedale Pacha Cafe closed its nearly 20-year-old location at 4618 Burnet Road in late January, before it moved to Guadalupe Street.
Austin Haitian truck Kreyol Korner has temporarily closed. Chef and owner Nahika Hillery plans to reopen the truck in a new location sometime this year under a new food truck manager and operator. In the meantime, she cooks as part of the Cook Unity meal prep service.
Restaurant openings and reopenings in Austin
Rainey Street bar Clive Bar reopened on February 9, after being renovated into a multi-level building, which preserves the bar’s original building.
Buda-based truck Tejas Birria is opening its new second location, this time in South Austin as part of the District 5 South Food Truck park at 10701 Menchaca Rd. This week, as it gears up for opening, the Buda truck will be temporarily closed. He had operated a pop-up space in the kitchen of the East MLK Wingman Kitchens police station last summer.
Texas Pub Restaurant Awards
Texas‘ Top New Regular Restaurants of the Year was released this week, taking the angle of the best dishes of the year due to the pandemic. For Austin, that means Birdie’s panisse, Lutie’s garden rolls, Sammie’s grilled amberjack carpaccio, Simi Estiatoria’s lavraki, Canje’s black cake, J. Carver’s Belgian chocolate tartufo and drinks from Tiki Tatsu-ya.
Austin Culinary Events Tracker
Westlake Sway Thai Restaurant is hosting a Makha Bucha Buddhist Holiday Dinner tonight, Wednesday February 16th. There will be specials like mussel fondues, a DJ, free soft drinks, an extended happy hour until 7 p.m., and a rooftop shrine. People are encouraged to write whatever they want to give up on pieces of paper and burn it on the fire.
Always Austin Whiskey Co. is having a steak dinner with Jack Allen’s Kitchen. The Full Circle: A Sustainable Steak Dinner will feature meat from the Double J Ranch, live music and live fire. It will take place on Tuesday, February 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Long Time event space located at 5707 Dunlap Road North in the Hornsby Bend area. Tickets are $200 or $350 for two.
New York chefs Ed Szymanski and Patricia Howard of popular restaurant Dame come to Austin for brunch in conjunction with chef Fermín Núñez at Mexican restaurant Suerte. The menu will focus on seafood, including squid alambres, half-shelf oysters with chiltepin mignonette and tumbada kedgeree. As it takes place on Sunday February 2, unfortunately reservations are all full, but there is a waiting list.