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A poppy A.M. cafe opened Friday, August 16, at 118 S. Commerce St. in Lockhart. The Social serves Benedicts, scrambles, pancakes, and bowls for breakfast, and an assortment of salads, sandwiches, and burgers for lunch.
Chicken and waffles favorite The Rolling Rooster will be taking over the historic Victory Grill at 1104 E. 11th St., according to a building permit filing with the City of Austin. The location will be the second brick-and-mortar for the brand, which started as a Pflugerville food truck in 2015.
Cult Hawaiian ice cream shop Tropical Dreams opened its first mainland location August 16 at 2001 Guadalupe St. The sunny shop specializes in island flavors like Tahitian vanilla, lychee cream, Kona coffee, coconut, and white pineapple.
Avery Ranch wine bar and restaurant The Rotten Bunch will shutter Saturday, August 24. Owners Arik Skot Williams and Alan Thomas opened the concept in 2015 with a globally inspired menu, a heavy wine list, and a full bar. The owners did not offer a reason for the closure in a Facebook post announcing the end of service.
Insanely popular Los Angeles fried chicken spot Lucky Bird is staging a pop-up at Dean’s One Trick Pony August 29 through September 1. The menu will include some of the restaurant's most popular dishes, including a chicken sandwich and a two-piece plate. Bottles of the house Lucky Bird hot sauce will also be on sale.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya is now offering its limited-time-only Hatch chile miso ramen to celebrate the end of summer. The lighter bowl features the world-renowned peppers with fried chashu pork, wok-fired corn, and custardy eggs.
Emmer & Rye chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph is heading out to Jester King Brewery for a Caribbean supper club on Thursday, August 22. The “Island Vibes” dinner will include dishes like grilled fruit som tom, jerk heritage pork, and an aerated cheesecake paired with the brewery’s farmhouse ales. Tickets can be scored here.