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Açaí cafe and juice bar Blenders and Bowls opened its fifth Austin location November 10, according to an Instagram post. The stylish new digs, at 11010 Domain Dr., is located within Wanderlust Yoga, taking over the space vacated by South Carolina’s Southern Pressed Juicery. Blenders and Bowls also has a location inside Wanderlust's East Fourth Street studio.
As of November 9, Westlake favorite Trianon Coffee is back in business. The neighborhood coffee shop closed at the end of 2017 after the landlord announced plans to bring a Summer Moon Coffee location to the space Trainaon had anchored since 1985. According to a previous release, owner Michael Sexton decided to reopen the shop after listening to community outcry, eventually settling in a strip mall less than a mile from the original store at 3654 Bee Cave Rd. The much larger new location keeps the focus on coffee and serves a variety of snacks from local vendors like Tacodeli, Wholy Bagel, and Quack’s.
On November 2, paleo food truck Picnik moved its trailer at St. Elmo Public Market to a new parking spot next to its headquarters at 3020 E. Cesar Chavez. The roomier grounds will allow the company more space for workshops and other events, while still serving its popular lineup of salads, wraps, and butter coffees.
Bumble has officially designated several local eateries as BumbleSpots. What is a BumbleSpot, you ask? The company describes them in a release as “fun, empowered locations nationwide where Bumble users can bring their connections from the digital sphere to real life.” In practice, that means users will be offered specials while meeting dates, potential friends through Bumble BFF, or business contacts through Bumble Bizz. The first locations to catch the buzz are Caroline, Upstairs at Caroline, W Hotel Living Room Bar, Jo's Coffee, Craftsman, Wild Chix + Waffles, Dirty Bills, and Be More Pacific.
Seafood eatery Guild has launched a new fall menu including mackerel in a cucumber and Thai lime soup with orange and avocado; bouillabaisse with duck fat potato, clam, and rösti; and barley risotto with royal red shrimp, chanterelle, and rutabaga. Try them out during the restaurant’s Wine Down Wednesdays, a newly launched weekday special featuring half-off a curated list of bottles selected by sommelier Lindsey Drew.
Still Austin Whiskey Co. has added a new liquor to its portfolio. Delevante Coffee Liqueur, a limited edition sipper made in collaboration with neighbors Spokesman Coffee Roasters, will be introduced at a party from 2-7 pm November 17 at the brand’s tasting room at 440 E. St. Elmo Rd. and will be available for $32 at the distillery.
Dallas chef Dean Fearing, one of the originators of contemporary Southwestern cuisine, is stopping by the Central Market at 4001 N. Lamar Blvd on November 18 for a meet-and-greet from 11 am-3 pm. The former executive chef of The Mansion on Turtle Creek and the current owner of Fearing’s Restaurant will also be providing samples of his new D1 sauce collection.
Here's a consolation prize for those who were disappointed about Austin not landing HQ2. On November 13, Amazon announced the expansion of its Daily Dish service in Austin. The lunch delivery service allows customers to select from lunch options from restaurants like El Taquito, Sushi Niichi, Austin Habibi, Look Noodles & More, K-Bop, and Clay Pit, which will be delivered straight to the office. The service differentiates itself from Favor or Amazon Restaurants by not requiring an app. The menu is texted each morning around 9:30 and ordered via reply.