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Troubled Lamar Union loses yet another restaurant and more Austin food news
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The troubled Lamar Union development has lost another food concept. Via an Instagram post, Juice Society owner Danielle Sobel announced she closed the flagship location on September 30. The brand will now focus on further developing its retail partnerships, although Sobel hinted at future direct-to-customer pop-ups and activations. Juice Society joins a growing list of closures at the South Austin address, including high-profile concepts Vox Table and Cantine.
Popular Crestview pizzeria Little Deli is opening a second location at 805 Briarcliff Blvd. off Cameron Road. An employee confirmed the new outpost was in the works but not the timeframe — although job listings indicate the restaurant is now hiring. A request for further comment was not returned at press time.
Austin’s Jackie Letelier is back on the scene with a new company, launched September 30. The pâté pro is most well-known for the Letelier Food Company, once a fixture at area farmers markets and restaurants like Henri’s Cheese and Wine and Hillside Farmacy. The new venture, Casero, crafts cheese and charcuterie boards with house made accoutrements for delivery or pick-up at Confituras Little Kitchen.
Despite the current political climate, it turns out waffling can actually be pretty awesome. On September 30, the Houndstooth Coffee announced it was adding weekend waffle service at its East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard location every Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 2 pm. The menu includes four choices: The Classic, with organic strawberries and house whipped cream; Cowboy, with Texas pecans and cinnamon; Decadent, with banana and Nutella; and Savory, topped with gruyere, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Two Austin restaurateurs are branching out to the cookbook world. First up, Easy Tiger “head dough puncher” David Norman will celebrate the publication of Bread on the Table: Recipes for Making and Enjoying Europe’s Most Breads. Published by Ten Speed Press, the work includes recipes and menu ideas based on Norman’s extensive time exploring bread traditions.
... and Thai Fresh chef and owner Jam Sanitchat has launched a Kicktstarter to bring her recipes to the page. Thai Fresh Cookbook will weave childhood anecdotes with 75 recipes covering everything from traditional Thai dishes to coconut milk-based ice cream. James Beard-nominated food photographer Jody Horton has also signed on to the project.
Edible Austin is bringing back its annual Chef Auction on Thursday, October 3, to benefit the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots. As always, guests can enjoy light bites and drinks and bid on meal packages from chefs like Tyson Cole (Uchi); Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher (Vixen’s Wedding); Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine); Grae Nonas (Carpenters Hall); and Callie Speer (Holy Roller).