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Wasota African Cuisine, the food truck reincarnation of aughts favorite World Beat Cafe, is closing. Owner Lawrence Eguakun tells CultureMap that the long-running trailer’s last day of business will be July 28, after which he will focus on his catering business, also called Wasota.
The East Sixth Street Ramen Tatsu-Ya, located in the former home of Qui and Kuneho, opened July 24. Along with the ramen that has garnered the restaurant global acclaim, the new location carries a new drink menu including several new sakes and cocktails like the Dachi Trejo with tequila, sudachi (a Japanese sour citrus fruit), honeysuckle, and salt.
It appears a new bar is taking over the space formerly occupied by downtown jazz club Brass House. A drinkery called Penny Lane Street Bar has applied for mixed beverage permit at the 115B San Jacinto St. address, according to a July 17 public notice.
Austin’s international dining options continue to increase with Brama, a new restaurant that opened July 17, according to a Facebook post. The eatery, located at 3301 Steck Ave. serves pierogi, borsch, charcuterie, beef Stroganoff, and other Eastern European specialties.
Briggo Coffee Haus, an app-based robotic coffee system that we are pretty sure is sentient, opened July 7 in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. To celebrate the coming caffeine revolution, the Austin-based brand is giving out a 15 percent Lyft discount on rides to and from the airport through September 3.
If you are a glutton for punishment, head out to LeRoy & Lewis for its second annual Heat Week. The barbecue truck will be introducing incendiary dishes like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos pie with five alarm chili and jungle curry pork belly burnt ends each day between July 25-29. Those who make it through the entire ordeal will walk away with a $75 gift card and custom swag.
Contemporary Southern restaurant Olamaie has two new chefs de cuisine. Aaron Savage and Bonnie Wright, who both previously worked at Southern-Asian fusion eatery Kin & Comfort, have been appointed after three years at the restaurant.
The new chefs de cuisine will come in handy when Nibble + Squeak — the international dining club aimed at parents of young children — returns to Austin on July 29 for a lunch designed to take all the stress out of eating with kids. Olamaie chef Michael Fojtasek has created a menu that appeals to both adults and little ones, and the planning team will provide essentials like high chairs, changing mats, and stroller parking.
A few tickets are still available for the July 30 Wine & Dine Dinner, benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Celeb chef Hugh Acheson will be joining Emmer & Rye’s Kevin Fink for a five-course meal featuring such dishes as lamb tartare with porridge bread and allium capers and tostadas with braised beans, vegetarian picadillo, yogurt, and habanero pickle.
If you can get a babysitter on July 29, you might also want to hit up Oddwood Ales’ first bottle release party from 1-5 pm. In addition to the chance to taste its new saison, guests will get a custom glass from the brewery with three pours. A buffet of pizza and appetizers from the house kitchen, plus dessert from neighboring Batch Kolaches will also be on hand.
Downtown brasserie Le Politique has launched a new prix fixe menu. The two-course meal includes choice of soup and salad and entrees like steak frites. The restaurant is also partnering with delivery service Favor to offer two free macarons with every order on August 7-8.
William Chris Vineyards is spreading the gospel of Texas-grown wine through a new partnership with Victory Wine Group. Through the deal, the Hye, Texas-based winery will now be able to stock its products at Whole Foods Market, H-E-B, Central Market, and Twin Liquors and expand its restaurant footprint.
The Edge of Texas, Texas Monthly’s tribute to the Lone Star State, has added some well-known Austin names to an eclectic roster that already includes RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards, “Godfather of Mumblecore” Andrew Bujalski, and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. Joining the merry crew will be local favorites Minor Mishap Marching Band and Holy Roller chef Callie Speer.