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A company rep confirms that swanky ice cream shop Nobibi will open an Austin location sometime next year, although the location has not been settled. The Chinese company is known for Instagrammable treats like cotton candy wrapped ice cream and gold foil dipped ice cream cones, as well as kawaii (the Japanese cuteness culture) interiors featuring ball pits, stuffed animals, and buckets of pink paint.
Paper Route Bakery is gearing up for a September 13 new brick-and-mortar by Cenote at 1010 E. Cesar Chavez St., according to a shop rep. The bakery, owned by native Austinite Aaron Seriff-Cullick, will feature a menu of scones, gluten-free pao de quiejo (Brazilian cheese bread), homemade toaster tarts, brownies, and layer cakes.
A new neighborhood wine and beer lounge is coming to 2900 N. Quinlan Park Rd. Suite 150 in Steiner Ranch. Owner Katie Koran tells CultureMap that Sloan + Parker is aiming for an opening sometime in November 2018.
Take home a piece of Austin restaurant history through an online auction liquidating the recently shuttered Frisco Shop. In addition to restaurant equipment, the auction includes 65 years of memorabilia including signs, menus, photos, and original artwork. Bidding runs through September 11.
Mattie’s at Green Pastures is adding two new offerings to its weekly rotation. On Wednesdays, the Bouldin restaurant will be offering rotating family-style specials like chicken and dumplings for $24 per adult and $12 per child. Thursday is chicken fried steak night with sides of Yukon pommes puree, spinach, pickled onions, and chipotle-yogurt dressing.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew is celebrating its fifth anniversary on September 15 with an all-day party featuring Better Half doughnuts and Rosen’s Bagel Co. pastrami sandwiches, Little Brother hot dogs, DJ's, and a preview of Hold Out Brewing beers.
The Sheraton Austin’s Backyard at Waller Creek has revamped its menu under new executive chef Thad Crennen. Highlights include an herb-crusted sea bass with jasmine rice and beurre blanc, maple-glazed bacon lollipops with smoked popcorn, and Nutella French toast with berries and Chantilly cream.
South Lamar Street hot spot Eberly will be hosting chef Mathew Peters for a Wagyu beef and Burgundy dinner on September 21. Peters holds the distinction of being the only American chef to win the prestigious Bocuse d’Or, the biennial cooking competition often referred to as the culinary equivalent of the Olympics.
The James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Taste America tour has announced the lineup for this year's Smoke Session at The Brewer’s Table on November 15. Joining host chef Zach Hunter and head brewer Drew Durish will be Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley (Foreign & Domestic); Jesse DeLeon (Rosewood); JB Gross (Loro); Evan LeRoy (LeRoy & Lewis); Wayne Mueller (Louie Mueller BBQ); Fermín Nuñez (Suerte); Page Pressley (Emmer & Rye); Mathew Peters; and iconic pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz (Snow’s BBQ). The opening party kicks off a weekend event including cooking demos and a gala dinner at the W Austin.
Texas Tiki Week is returning to Austin September 10-16. The annual celebration of all things boozy and tropical, presented by the Austin chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, features special events at bars across the city like a pop-up from Chicago tiki bar Three Dots & A Dash at event space Palazzo Lavaca, an bar takeover from New York’s Employees Only at The Townsend, and an appearance from legendary Boston barman Brother Cleve at The Roosevelt Room.