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Katie Friel

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Katie is the managing editor of CultureMap Austin.

When she's not editing some of the finest writers in Texas, you can usually find Katie riding her bike, maxing out her credit card at Book People, sipping coffee at Jo's or sitting at the Liberty. She has a dog named Huck.

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South First Changes

Latin-inspired seafood restaurant Alcomar to take over El Chile location

By Katie Friel

El Chile Group is adding another restaurant concept to its impressive list of offerings. Alcomar, a "Latin coastal kitchen" is poised to take over El Chile's location at 1816 ...

Cruzin' for a Bruisin'

Ted Cruz just had to say something about Apple CEO Tim Cook being gay

By Katie Friel

Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz just weighs in on everything these days. The man's got opinions and he's just going to opinionate all over us until we give ...

The Daily Show Austin

Aaron Franklin, Elijah Wood and other famous locals star in new The Daily Show with Jon Stewart intro

By Katie Friel

Not since Oscar Mayer has a man been so famous for smoked meats. Credit card commercials and presidential visits aside, Austin pitmaster extraordinaire Aaron Franklin has hit the big time ...

Get Around Town

Your guide to getting around during F1: Street closures, shuttles, helicopters and more

By Katie Friel

With upwards of 250,000 people expected to participate in the Formula 1 festivities this weekend, Austinites should expect some serious downtown delays over the next few days. To prepare ...

Picture This Pet

Meet the regal Tigris, a breezy and beautiful cat from Austin Pets Alive!

By Katie Friel

It's widely known that many ancient civilizations considered cats to be deities. In ancient Egypt, cats and lions were considered so sacred they could often be found on jewelry ...

Austin News Feed

Austin news feed: Via 313 comes to Bufalina, NYT criticizes ACL Fest and more

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: Over the course of a week, we come across dozens of newsy tidbits and interesting links that we want to share with you. For this weekly roundup ...

Daily Show in Austin

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart reveals guest stars for Austin tapings

By Katie Friel

On October 27, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart kicks off a week's worth of tapings at ZACH Theatre. The aptly named "Democalypse 2014: South by South Mess" will ...

F1 by the Numbers

Formula 1 by the numbers: 13 surprising facts and figures about race weekend

By Katie Friel

When it was announced that Austin would play host to the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of Americas in 2011, many folks responded with, "Cool. But what does ...

Changes Brewing

Dog & Duck Pub to close on October 31, but new location is in the works

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally published.  We've got some bad news and some good news. First, the bad news. Dog & Duck Pub ...

Whole Foods News

Whole Foods Market's first television commercial ever to air during World Series

By Katie Friel

Whole Foods Market announced Tuesday that it will air its first ever television commercial during the 2014 World Series on October 21. The minute-long advertisement entitled "Values Matter" is part ...

No Spitting

Come on, Deep Eddy Vodka: Offensive commerical is stupid way to sell vodka to women

By Katie Friel

Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was originally published. It's been a busy few months for Austin's Deep Eddy Vodka. In addition to opening ...

APD Announcement

APD to review cold cases after learning accused serial killer lived in Austin

By Katie Friel

Just hours after police in Indiana announced they are charging former Austinite Darren Vann for the murders of seven women, the Austin Police Department issued a press release that it ...

Best Dishes in Texas

6 Austin dishes named best in Texas — including a few surprise picks

By Katie Friel

As Austinites, we're well aware that our city is home to some of the best culinary talent in the state. And it seems we're not the only ones ...

TNCs Updated

Ride on, Austin: Uber, Lyft and other TNCs are now legal

By Katie Friel

Following hours of discussion Thursday night, the Austin City Council approved an interim ordinance to legalize transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft within city limits. The resolution passed 6-1 ...

Fun Fun Fun Forever

Fun Fun Fun Fest announces daily schedule — including FFF Nites

By Katie Friel

And the Fun Fun Fun Fest information explosion continues. Just a few days after announcing the official food and drink lineup, FFF has released the daily schedule for this year ...

Google Fiber Announcement

Google Fiber announces Austin sign-up dates and first neighborhoods to get service

By Katie Friel

Google Fiber announced Wednesday that Austinites will be able to sign up for the service in early December. For now, only neighborhoods south and southeast of Lady Bird Lake are ...

It's Qui's World

Esquire names Austin's top chef as 'Chef of the Year 2014'

By Katie Friel

Esquire, the men's magazine showcasing all things stylish and sexy has bestowed upon Austin's top chef another major honor: Chef of the Year. Paul Qui, proprietor of Qui ...

Downtown Development

Take a look at Highland Lounge, downtown's new upscale gay cocktail bar

By Katie Friel

Highland Lounge, a new bar billed as "Austin's premiere gay lounge and dance club," is officially open for business. Located in the Warehouse District, Highland features the creative cocktails ...

Chef Arrest

Uchi chef Philip Speer found unconscious in ditch and arrested for DWI after rollover crash

By Katie Friel

Philip Speer, Uchi's director of culinary operations and head chef of the recently opened St. Philip, has been arrested for DWI. The famed chef was found unconscious in a ...

Adorable Austin

A purrfect rescue: Austin Fire Department saves cat in most adorable story

By Katie Friel

Let's start our Monday off with some good news, shall we?  On Sunday, October 11, members of the Austin Fire Department responded to a call of a cat stuck ...

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