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A rep has confirmed that Canadian chain Ginger Sushi + Poke Shop is opening its first Austin location in Belterra Village development near Dripping Springs by the end of 2019. The shop is known for uber-trendy sushi dishes like tacos, burritos, pizzas, and burgers, and more traditional maki and nigiri.
Austin’s culinary diversity keeps growing with the addition of Talād, a new food truck rolling up to Circle Brewing Co. at 2340 W. Braker Ln. The owners have been impressing Austinites at pop-ups since the spring with Thai and Laotian fare like moo ping (marinated pork skewers), sai ua (spicy Lao sausage), and crispy lotus blossom kanom dok bua cookies. The grand opening at Circle will be July 26.
An innovative new concept is coming to the Hill Country Galleria in late summer. PopRock Austin will offer coffee, breakfast, and lunch from Lakeway’s Java Dive Organic Cafe in the daytime hours. At night, it will transform into a pop-up restaurant featuring a rotating array of local chefs.
In other Hill Country Galleria news, former Lox, Box and Barrel owner Sebastian Caillabet has been named as the new general manager of The Ginger Man. Caillabet has developed a new menu with bar snacks like loaded waffle fries and twists on classic sandwiches like the French Dip and Reuben.
Pop superstar Shakira is the latest celebrity to buy in Austin’s High Brew Coffee as part of the brand’s “For Those Who Do” investor group. The merry crew also includes singer Halsey, former Major League Baseball pitcher Huston Street, rock group Kings of Leon, Lonesome Dove chef Tim Love, and Lance Armstrong.
After 16 years, Round Rock Honey has left the Sustainable Foods Center Farmers Markets. July 6 was the last day for the brand, which cited concerns about online purchasing and market displacement downtown as the reasons for the move, a decision owner Konrad Bouffard called “difficult” in a release. It’s not all bad news for fans, however. The honey is still available online and in several other local farmers markets.