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Legendary blues club rolls out po' boys, downtown's newest bar, and more Austin food news

Antone's rolls out legendary po' boys, new downtown bar, and more news

Antone's Famous Po' Boys
Antone's Famous Po' Boys are coming downtown. Antone's Famous Po' Boys/ Facebook

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Antone’s Nightclub is having a family reunion. On October 23, the legendary Austin blues joint announced that it would start serving Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, bringing the popular Houston sandwich company to Central Texas for the first time in decades. The po' boy company was founded by Jalal Antone, the uncle of the club’s founder, Clifford Antone. Starting October 27, the po’ boys will be available at the bar and front record shop, Big Henry’s Vinyl & Gifts, daily from noon-2 am.

A new downtown bar debuted October 7 at 115B San Jacinto Blvd., the space formerly occupied by jazz club Brass House. Penny Lane Street Bar has a musically inclined cocktail menu with names like Raspberry Beret Cosmo and West End Girls Paloma and retro themed nights to match.

According to a filing with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a new coffee shop is being built at 3842 S. Congress Ave. near Ben White Boulevard. Although details are scant, Plaza Colombian Coffee will offer beer and wine and South American comfort food. CultureMap has reached out to the business for more details.

The Brewer’s Table has added another award to its shelf. The October issue of Men’s Journal named the east side beer mecca’s Vor Ort lager as one of the 50 best beers in America — and the best in Texas. The editor’s praised the restaurant’s use of foudres, large wooden vats that have been used at vineyards for centuries, to create brews as complex as wines.

Vaquero Taquero and Bird Bird Biscuit are among several Austin businesses offering promotions to encourage civic engagement. Voters who show up at the Hyde Park taqueria with an “I Voted” sticker will get a 20-percent discount on any one taco (or a 40-percent off deal for “Yo Voté stickers). Bird Bird is encouraging turnout with a free biscuit and jam for anyone bringing in the sticker. 

The trend of Capital City Instagram activations continues on October 26 as the local chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals brings Boba Labs ATX to 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. For $30, guests unlimited bubble tea cocktails, a chance to win raffles prizes, and access to “five immersive boba-themed art installations.”

Earlier this month, Vince Young Steakhouse revealed the results of a week-long renovation. Although the famous longhorn statue at the entrance remains, everything else got a revamp in a soothing neutral palette that considerably brightens up the once-dark space. See the compete transformation here.