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A new bakery is coming in September to 1709 Bluebonnet Ln. in South Austin. The tiny, one man operation comes from musician Ryan Goebel, lead guitarist and vocalist for local country band Crooks. Goebel, who grew up in the neighborhood, will focus on breads from white and wheat sandwich loaves to sourdough, hence the shop’s cleaver name: ThoroughBread.
On August 13, Austin Java opened its newest location at Met Center at 7701 Metropolis Dr., Bldg. 12, #100. The new restaurant features a menu of the restaurant’s favorites including pancakes, burgers, avocado toast, smoothies, and coffee drinks and a large community table for co-working.
Speaking of openings, tongue-in-cheek bar Last Straw now has an opening date of August 15, a company rep confirms. The project, inspired by “dads on vacation” among other things, comes from former Vox Table and Nickel City bar manager JR Mocanu in partnership with artist Will Bryant and designer Cody Halton.
The Domain Northside’s Lotus + Cleaver is hosting a pop-up starting August 18 for Boba Boyz, a new local purveyor that partners with local suppliers like the Steeping Room and Mill King Creamery to make all-natural, no powder bubble tea. The event, which runs for the next few months, will donate a portion of sales from the boba menu to childhood cancer nonprofit St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a cause near and dear to the company’s founder, Paul Wang, a cancer survivor himself.
New school barbecue truck LeRoy and Lewis is branching out from brisket with a new gig at the Sustainable Food Center’s downtown farmers’ market beginning September 1. Teaming up with Ben Hollander from local artisans Casper Fermentables, the weekly pop-up will feature Korean barbecue and probiotic kimchi. Get a taste of the offerings early at an introductory backyard barbecue held August 18 at Swoop House.
Local burger joint Mighty Fine Burgers is getting into the vegetarian game with a new burger featuring a fried avocado patty and all the usual fixings. You can get it at all of the mini-chains five Austin-area locations.
In celebration the new film Alpha, chronicling the adventures of the first domesticated dog, local pup-tique Barkin' Creek Dog Kitchen & Bath, has created a themed treat. Available now through at least three weeks, the Alpha shortbread cookie is made with brown rice flour, coconut sugar, salt, vegan butter, flax seeds, and honey. A company rep tells CultureMap that the treats have become a favorite both of the four-legged customers and the shop’s staff.