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A funky new South Austin bar has opened at 4930 S. Congress Ave., C-307. The Git-Out, from El Mercado vet Nate Kinney, serves craft cocktails and approachable fare like empanadas, wings, fried polenta sticks, burgers, and fish fries. After a soft opening on July 10, the concept is now open seven days a week from 4 pm to midnight, with extended hours until 1 am on Saturdays.
A new coffee trailer opened mid-July at 3307 Oak Springs Dr. in the same complex as real estate company Open House Austin. LeverCraft serves waffles and various coffee drinks made on vintage equipment, such as espresso lemonade and nitro cold brew with whipped milk. The tiny shop joins new-school taco trailer Trill Taqueria in the developing East Austin community space.
CultureMap Tastemaker 2019 award-winner Caer Ferguson and nominee Sharon Yeung have launched a Kickstarter campaign to take their Daijoubu cocktail concept on the road. The pop-up bar, which has taken over the Roosevelt Room and Nickel City this year, uses Asian culinary techniques as a way to highlight representation in the food and beverage industry.
Ben’s Friends, a national food and beverage industry support group for professionals dealing with substance abuse and addiction, has launched in Austin. The first weekly group meeting will kick off at 11 am on August 5 at Comedor at 501 Colorado St.
South Congress Hotel is bringing back its annual Ice Cream Showdown from 3-6:30 pm on July 27. Reigning champion Natalie Gazaui (formerly of Eberly) will battle Katie Fisher (Pitchfork Pretty), Maribel Rivero (Yuyo), Augusta Passow (Barley Swine), Krystal Craig (Intero), and Lindsay Flagg (South Congress hotel) for the people’s vote. Tickets for scoops are $3.
Summer’s most masochistic dining event is returning July 24-28. Barbecue trailer LeRoy and Lewis is rolling out Heat Week, its annual celebration of spicy foods featuring incendiary dishes like hot chicken, deviled Sichuan Scotch eggs, and an atomic hot dog with five-alarm chili and a habanero/panella link. Guests who finish all of the specials will be rewarded with a $75 gift card and swag. Special cooling desserts will be available to help get them through the ordeal.
Traveling booze event The WhiskyX is making a stop at East Austin’s Fair Market on September 13. The shindig offers tastings from some of the world’s most acclaimed spirit makers, as well as bites from Emojis Griller Cheese Bar, SXSE Food Company, Cajun Skillet, Tamale Addiction, and My Granny’s Kitchen. Tickers are $75-$125 and available here.