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New wave of Austin restaurant closures rolls into the week's hottest headlines

New wave of Austin restaurant closures rolls into week's top stories

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Bullfight gave up the fight this week. Bullfight/Facebook

Editor's note: When a week feels like a month (such is the case with this one) the only remedy involves a pool and maybe a really nice meal. Luckily, this week's top stories give readers ample inspiration for their next restaurant choice. Read on to find out what had people talking this week. (And spoiler alert: They're all about food.)

1. Wave of Austin restaurant shutters rolls on with closure of Airport Boulevard eatery. Chef Shawn Cirkiel stunned the local scene when it was announced that his Airport Boulevard eatery, Bullfight, was not only closing, it was closing immediately. However, fans shouldn't despair. In their closing statement, Bullfight's owners teased a new concept opening in the space later this year.

2. Whole Foods Market releases new line of vegan ice creams. Joining the parade of popular vegan ice creams (NadaMoo, Halo Top's brand-new dairy-free option, etc.), homegrown grocer Whole Foods Market announced it too was getting into the dairy-less game. 

3. Last call for troubled South Austin cocktail bar. Another day, another abrupt shutter. Backbeat, which made waves when it landed on South Lamar in March 2016, had undergone changes over the last nine months. After co-owner Michael Sanders was accused of sexual assault by an employee at his North Loop bar, Drink.well, the secret ownership group that owned Backbeat cut ties with the embattled Sanders. That same group, which continues to go unnamed, announced Backbeat's last day of service is June 10.

4. New all-day cafe brings Texas comfort food to South Austin hideaway. This underserved corner of South Austin is about to get a new all-day spot. Hideaway Kitchen + Bar, serving locally sourced Texas comfort food, officially opened this week.

5. Where to eat in Austin right now: 3 unsung heroes that deserve the spotlight. Austin loves a good restaurant opening (and closing apparently), but what happens when the shimmer starts to fade? Here are three exceptional places that, for whatever reason, don't get the attention they rightfully deserve.