Editor's note: There really is no worse crutch for a writer than starting off a story talking about the weather, but goodness this weather has been terrible. And chances are it's going to stay gray and drizzly through the weekend. Rather than let it bum you out, why not learn the history behind nine of Austin's most iconic restaurants? While you're at it, check out the rest of the week's top stories.
1. The 9 restaurants that changed Austin's dining scene forever. Bemoaning Austin's growth is arguably one of our favorite pastimes, but how bad can it be if these iconic spots are still going strong?
2. South Austin sports bar shutters and dim sum rolls into Clarksville with this round of dining news. If you've been lucky enough to treat yourself to a soup dumpling at Wu Chow, prepare to rejoice. Ling Qi Wu, the chef behind the dumplings, is opening a new dim sum restaurant and bar in Clarksville.
3. Austin A-listers and art world celebs shine at Ellsworth Kelly grand opening gala. The opening of Ellsworth Kelly's Austin is a game-changer for our city. These famous folks and art-world dandies gathered together for a beautiful gala in celebration of the Blanton's newest acquisition.
4. Long-running West Sixth Street bar goes dark after decade in business. Pour one out for J. Blacks, which closed this week. If you really want to honor this West Sixth haunt, do it up even better and pour out a Jaeger Bomb.
5. Hip Lamar home goods store announces shutter — and hints at anticipated new project. Another bummer of a shutter. Kettle & Brine, the sweet shop on Lamar Boulevard and 12th Street is closing. Fans of owner Tarica Navarro's style shouldn't be too worried, though. Navarro used the goodbye email as a teaser for a whole new concept.