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Nashville pizzeria spices up former downtown bar, plus more Austin food news

Nashville pizzeria spices up former downtown bar, plus more food news

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana

DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana is firing up its second Austin restaurant. DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana/ Facebook

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Nashville’s DeSano Pizzeria Napoletana is taking over the former Ginger Man spot at 301 Lavaca St. for its second Austin location. The small chain opened its first local outpost at 8000 Burnet Rd. in October 2016 with a menu of calzones, meatballs, salads, and wood-fired pizzas. The general manager of that store tells CultureMap that the team is shooting for an opening in May.

When CultureMap last checked in with B.B. Rover’s Cafe & Pub, co-owner Eugene Downing said it was facing imminent closure without “an infusion of energy and resources.” Now the long-running craft beer bar has announced it's off “life support.” According to a March 11 Facebook post, the bar has reached a deal with the landlord and will be open for the foreseeable future. Hours are limited for now, but will be extended on March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day.

For the first time ever, Urban Roots is offering public tickets to the Tour de Farm gala on April 28. The annual fundraising event features a cocktail reception and a four-course family style dinner made with produce grown on the nonprofit’s farm. This year’s star-studded lineup includes Abby Love (L’Oven Bread); Amanda Turner (Juniper); Ben Runkle (Salt & Time); Bryce Gilmore (Sour Duck Market); Fermín Núñez (Suerte); Fiore Tedesco (L’Oca d’Oro); Johnny Livesay (Contigo); Max Snyder (Pitchfork Pretty) Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki (Launderette); Rick Lopez (La Condesa); and Zach Hunter (The Brewer’s Table).

Rae Wilson, the founder of Wine for the People and Dandy Rosé, is opening a tasting room and bottle shop. No address has yet been established for Citizen Wine, but local oenophiles can help get the shop closer to reality by donating to a Kickstarter campaign.

Preview one of the Capital City’s most anticipated new restaurants at a pop-up dinner on March 21 at Eden East Farm (formerly Springdale Farm). Chef Amir Hajimaleki, the co-owner behind District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar will introduce the upcoming Roya concept with a Persian New Year feast, wines by Darioush, and a musical performance by Antares. Proceeds from the ticket sales benefit the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program.

East Austin’s Sour Duck Market will debut a new Wednesday farmers market on March 13. The inaugural event from 4-7 pm will feature produce and wares from B5 Farm, F-stop Farm, Barton Springs Mill, Two Hives Honey, and Reverse Pioneers Micro Greens & Animal Farm. As an added bonus, happy hour will run from 2-6 pm.

A new brewery has bubbled up at 207 Ave. G in Marble Falls. Bear King Brewing Co. celebrated its grand opening on February 23 with an initial lineup of four core beers (a blonde, pale ale, pecan porter, and IPA) and a beer-friendly menu of snacks, tacos, and burgers.

Frankly Organic Vodka, touted as Austin’s first USDA certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free vodka (though, all vodka is gluten-free), launched on March 5. Unlike some gimmicky flavored spirits (we’re looking at you, tequila-flavored Malibu Red rum), Frankly comes in four unexpected flavors like grapefruit and Ceylon cinnamon and pomegranate and lemon spiced with ginger, turmeric, and maca root. An unflavored variety is also available at select stores across Texas and Arizona.

Five Austin bartenders are among the statewide semifinalists in Garrison Brothers Distillery Bourbon Brawl bartender competition. Andrew Grenz (Fairmont Austin); Leenie Boyle (Better Half); Priscilla Aragon (Central Standard); Terance Robson (Here Nor There); and Caer Ferguson (The Eleanor) will battle it out April 18 for the chance to compete in the May 2 final round and win a $10,000 check.

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