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Local restaurant takes over troubled campus chain, plus more Austin food news

Local restaurant takes over troubled campus chain, plus more food news

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MezzeMe is opening a second location near campus. Photo by Consumable Content

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Daphne’s Mediterranean may have hightailed it out of Austin, but a similar concept is swooping in to take its place. Locally owned restaurant MezzeMe Turkish Kitchen is taking over Daphne’s former 2530 Guadalupe St. spot for its second location. The eatery, which debuted in the Triangle development in 2017, serves a menu of customizable bowls and wraps using ingredients sourced from local farmers and producers. The new outpost is shooting for an early-September opening.

A new operator reopened the only Austin location of the eco-conscious, fast-casual chain BurgerFi. The Florida-based company closed the Circle C outpost in February without explanation. It’s unclear if the new franchisee has made any changes to the dining room, but the menu of hot dogs, fries, and burgers with branded buns remains the same.

Cult winemaker William Chris is opening a brand-new 5,500-square-foot tasting room in Hye, Texas, on August 10. The new facility will allow the company to offer enhanced tasting room experiences, including food and wine pairings and educational opportunities.

Austin-based company Briggo has opened its first automated Coffee Haus outside of Texas. The August 2 opening at San Francisco International Airport marks a period expansion for the company, although a release did not specify where the robotic baristas would invade next. It did say that technological overlords would be serving coffee sourced from Bay Area roasters.

Downtown’s She’s Not Here — most known for its cold offerings like sushi, sashimi, and crudo — has warmed up to some new menu additions. Highlights include tempura plates like shrimp, onion rings, and shishito peppers with a radish dipping sauce; satay pork skewers like beef, tofu, and chicken; and clay pots such as Mongolian beef, green veggie curry, and sticky coffee pork.

Cannon & Belle, the flagship restaurant inside the downtown Hilton Austin, has announced Evan Twidwell as its new chef de cuisine. The Austin native and University of Texas alumnus has 15 years of experience working in resort kitchens across Hawaii, California, and Texas.

Treaty Oak Distilling is launching a new supper club at its on-site eatery, Alice’s Restaurant. The distillery will hand over the kitchen to chefs from like-minded regional spots. First up on August 7 is Bryan Gillenwater from Johnson City’s acclaimed Bryan’s on 290, with a menu incorporating local melons, tomatoes, chanterelle mushrooms, and peaches.