Editor’s note: Thank goodness for the long Memorial Day weekend. We need it after learning that not one, but two top restaurants were throwing in the towel. But it wasn’t only bad news this week. We also got to celebrate Austin’s brightest young professionals, listen to music under the stars, and welcome a new dim sum eatery to West Austin. Read on for more about the week's hottest headlines.
1. Blues on the Green returns to Zilker Park with free summer concerts. The perennial Austin favorite returned May 23 with a raucous set from psych-rockers the Black Angels and dream-pop band Night Glitter. We can’t wait to see what KGSR team has in store for the rest of the series.
2. Popular Austin chef closes Brentwood diner in midst of tumultuous year. Philip Speer shocked us when he announced that his acclaimed French-inspired diner, Bonhomie, was bidding Austin adieu. A new downtown concept is in the works, but we’ll still miss his pommes rosti.
3. Unique Mexican eatery from mainstay Austin group suddenly closes. The bad news continued when El Chile Group suddenly decided to close Mexican seafood restaurant Alcomar, due to new lease terms. The group is searching for a new location.
4. Anticipated West Austin dim sum restaurant spills opening details. Wu Chow chef Ling Qi Wu is setting out on her own with her upcoming eatery, Lin Asian Bar. Fans of her insanely delicious Shanghai soup dumplings will be happy to know that she is bringing them to her new digs, along with a new seafood version.
5. Austin Under 40 reveals 2018 winners — including Austinite of the Year. Local luminaries were out in force for the prestigious awards ceremony honoring standard-bearers in technology, arts and entertainment, civics, and more. Check out who made took home trophies in our event recap.