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Austin deli spreads into West Lake for third location, plus more local food news

Austin deli spreads into West Lake for third location, plus more news

Biderman's Deli
Biderman's is coming to West Lake. Biderman's Deli

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In other sandwich-related news, East Austin Chinese-American restaurant Old Thousand has quickly gobbled up the 4805 Burnet Rd. space vacated by Noble Sandwich Co. in late September. The second location will serve a similar menu, but will be a more casual affair with counter instead of table service. The team hopes to get the project off the ground by the end of 2019.

One of Austin’s best sandwich shops is opening a third location. Biderman’s Deli owner Zach Biderman tells CultureMap that he expects to be start slinging pastrami at 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. sometime in November.

A former loan shop will be transformed into a restaurant when the mysterious Phaedra opens at 7501 N. Lamar Blvd. Although the concept has established a stripped-down web presence, details are still slim. Texas public records indicate that construction will end in June 2020 and offer one more tantalizing clue — the restaurant apparently will be a pizzeria.

The Clarksville location of Taco Flats made its official debut October 5. Owner Simon Madera acquired Zocolo Cafe in March, but kept the restaurant operating briefly to allow longtime customers a chance to say goodbye. In June, he shut the doors for renovations before officially reopening with Rio Grande Valley-inspired cuisine and a bar program focusing on agave spirits.

Following recent expansions by Chicago’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and Nebraska’s Flagship Restaurant Group, another Midwestern restaurant is invading Austin. St. Louis mini-chain ’Zza Pizza + Salad is opening its first area shop at 5511 State Highway 71 in Bee Cave, according to a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission filing. The “fresh casual” concept specializes in oblong New Haven-style pies topped with unexpected ingredients like musubi-style slice Spam and chicken and spicy peanut sauce. 

The Roosevelt Room is bringing back its Master Class from noon-2:30 pm on October 20. Cocktail Creation and Mixology 101, which unfortunately wasn’t an elective during college, will teach guests all the basics behind building awe-inspiring cocktails. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here