Editor's note: First the bad news: Austin men are bad at dating and Texas' finest magazine was embroiled in controversy this week. Now the good news: you can escape all of this bad news by hopping on one of the 14 new nonstop flights now leaving from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Read on for more of the week's top stories.
1. Austin-based Texas Monthly faces backlash after series of blunders. After a series of articles questioning Texas Monthly's possible pay-for-play agreement with Bumble for a February 2018 cover story, the stalwart magazine issued a statement clarifying its position — and condemning the exchange of money for editorial coverage.
2. 2 new restaurants try their luck at Austin's troubled Lamar Union. Last year brought so many closures to Lamar Union that some in Austin were musing if the space was indeed cursed. Despite its troubled rep, the fearless folks behind Mandala Kitchen and Bar and Artista Rosso are bravely forging ahead with two new concepts this spring. They join new hot spots Soto and TLC in the development.
3. Data confirms Austin men are the worst behaved singles in the U.S. Fun fact: Match.com used actual data and not just my past romantic failures to compile this report. Austin men are the actual worst when it comes to "ghosting," "breadcrumbing," and "being zombies," which are just millennial words for "noncommittal."
4. Low-cost airline celebrates 14 new nonstop flights from Austin with $29 fares. In addition to 14 new nonstop routes from ABIA, Frontier Airlines released special $29 fares — including one to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras.
5. Where to eat in Austin right now: 7 classic restaurants worth another shot. So you may not see these local spots all over your Instagram feed, but with consistent quality and classic Austin atmosphere, these restaurants are the original #foodporn.