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Earlier this month, People magazine teamed up with online publication The Infatuation to list the best sandwich in every state and Washington D.C. In Texas, Franklin Barbecue’s Tipsy Texan was given top honors with The Infatuation co-founder and CEO Chris Stang calling it "the best barbecue in Texas, and maybe in the country.”
To make up for a small parking lot and promote drinking responsibly at the recently opened South Austin Beer Garden, the owners are offering a 10-percent discount to any patron who shows a ride-hailing receipt. “We acknowledge the fact that we have a small parking lot; however, we planned this because we want to promote safety,” said co-owner David Pearce via release.
On May 28, Beerland owner Richard Lynn announced that he had sold the long-running rock club to an unnamed new owner. According to a Facebook post, the venue plans to still host shows under the current name until the changeover. However, a widely shared, anonymous Facebook post alleges that the employees are owed back wages for bounced paychecks and is asking for public support in a boycott. Thus far, neither Lynn nor the new owner have publicly commented on the charges. CultureMap has reached out for a statement.
Austin’s ever-popular Kerbey Lane Cafe is about to go back to school. On May 24, the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved a 10-year lease for a building at 221 Sessom Ave. in San Marcos. Still, don’t expect the spot to be flipping gingerbread pancakes anytime soon. Currently, the address is home to Saltgrass Steakhouse, which does not plan to vacate until December 31.
Those who didn’t score tickets to Hot Luck will be happy to know that the Milk Bar is sticking around for a few days. The team will be wheeling in their converted 1969 Chevy postal truck to serve cereal milk soft serve with cornflake crunch and sell treats like cake truffles and cookies. First stop is the South Congress Hotel courtyard on May 29 from 6-8 pm, followed by Franklin Barbecue from 11 am to 2 pm on May 30, Gati from 6-8 pm on May 30, and Austin Motel on May 31 through June 2.
It looks like Manor will soon be a destination for booze hounds. An application for a distiller's and rectifier's permit has been made for a company called Modisett & Sons Distillery. It’s unclear what spirits will be its specialty. Although LEVY Architects has posted renderings on its project page, there does not appear to be a web or social media presence established as of yet.
Austin-based Playa Real tequila received a major vote of confidence on May 21, when the judges named its pineapple variety as the “Best Flavored Tequila.” The brand also received a gold for the mandarin flavor in the same category as well as a bronze in the “Best Blanco Tequila” heat for the Playa Real Silver.
Hostess is bringing its World Donettes Eating Championship to Barton Creek Square Mall on June 7. Local Juan Neave and other competitive eaters will battle last year’s winner Joey Chestnut for the title. Arrive promptly by 12:30 pm to make sure you see all the gluttonous action. The entire contest only lasts six minutes.