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A new juice shop is opening February 8 at 2610 B Manor Rd., the former location of grocery store In.gredients. Vida Pura Juicery, from Mi Madres Restaurant CEO Veronica Torres, features organic, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, açai bowls, salads, and sandwiches.
Domain Northside bar St. Genevieve shuttered on February 3 but the space won't be vacant long. Union Venture Group, the owners of nearby 77 Degrees, Jack & Ginger’s, and Rose Room, are revamping the space to open Wonder Bar in the spring. The new concept promises “installations that ignites all five senses” and will include bar games, a full bar, and a light food menu.
Micklethwait Craft Meats opens its anticipated brick-and-mortar at 114 NE Second St. in downtown Smithville on February 9. The market and grocery, located in a renovated auto shop, carries pastries, grab-and-go snacks, gifts, and, of course, smoked meats.
A third Austin location of Poke-Poke is opening in South Austin. A wine and beer retailers permit application has been filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for an outpost at 9911 Brodie Ln. A rep for the company said they plan to make an opening date announcement in March.
The Sustainable Food Center has released the chef lineup for Farm to Plate, the nonprofit’s signature fundraiser. Among the lauded Austin restaurants slated to serve snacks at Barr Mansion is The Brewer’s Table, Contigo, Fixe, Loro, Juniper, Pitchfork Pretty, and L’Oca d’Oro. Tickets can be purchased here.
East Austin’s Craftsman is hosting a French Quarter-themed pop-up bar from February 20-March 5 to celebrate the Mardis Gras season. Owner Brandon Testa tells CultureMap that the experience includes New Orleans-inspired cocktails, food, and decor.
Hyde Park neighborhood mainstay Vino Vino has updated its charcuterie program. Under the helm of chef Ben Schwarz, the wine bar offers a build-your-own board featuring several cheese and meat options, including a mousse truffee, duck rillette, and pate de Campagne made in house.
LeRoy and Lewis is teaming up with Bird Bird Biscuit to offer a brisket biscuit (say that three times fast) benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. The meaty treat is available at both locations Saturday and Sunday until the end of February.