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Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille revealed that May 16 will be the opening day of its second Austin restaurant at 11801 Domain Blvd. at Domain Northside. The Texas chain offers the same menu of prime steaks, giant pork chops, and seafood as its downtown predecessor, but with a new look that features turquoise accents, butterfly wing sub-ceilings, and dramatic chandeliers that could easily double as any number of this year’s Met Gala looks.
Those wondering what Alan Lazarus has been up to since selling Vespaio and Enoteca Vespaio to longtime chef Ryan Samson and Licha’s Cantina owner Daniel Brooks will be happy to know he is still involved in the restaurant industry. On April 7, the restaurateur quietly opened Longleaf Craft Kitchen + Bar on Wimberley’s square. The eatery serves locally sourced fare like porchetta sandwiches with balsamic onion marmalade, deviled eggs with fried East Coast oysters, and Gulf red fish with orange gremolata.
On May 7, Deep Eddy Vodka debuted the expansion of its tasting room and visitor’s center. The design incorporates a center 38-foot bar, a small performance stage, and a sitting area slash selfie zone outfitted with artificial grass, a Volkswagen van, and kitschy aluminum lawn chairs.
After closing in January 2018 to revamp the space and menu, East Austin favorite Takoba finally reopened on May 1. The restaurant previously dipped its toes back into the Capital City scene March 19 by opening Barzón, a rebranding of the eatery’s attached bar, Milamores Cantina.
Downtown's Central District Brewing will finally celebrate its grand opening on May 18 and 19 with a day of live music, entertainment, and bites from Batch Kolaches. Although the business has been in operation since March 9, the event will be the debut of its in-house brew, including a Belgian wit, a Belgian pale ale, a French saison, and a hazy IPA.
To celebrate 10 years in the biz, La Condesa is introducing a refreshed lunch and dinner menu. Highlights include a braised pork and sweet potato tamal with root vegetable mole; oak-grilled fish with turnip puree, green garlic, and brown butter; and pork belly and beef albondigas in guajillo broth with salsa bruja.
The Domain is bringing back its Taste of North Austin for a 12th year. Running from 11 am to 4 pm on June 8, the event includes live music, children’s activities, prize giveaways, and bites from restaurants like North Italia, Punch Bowl Social, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Xian Noodles, and Z’Tejas. Tickets ranging from $20-$35 are available at the event of at the shopping center's guest services.
Texas swept Bar Fight Club on May 6, a multi-city cocktail competition presented by Fords Gin and Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal in Chicago. East Austin fave Nickel City impressed the almost 400 guests as the winner of the people’s choice award. Houston’s Johnny’s Gold Brick got the judge’s vote.