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Sandwich shop shutters, whiskey room opens, and more Austin food news

Sandwich shop shutters, whiskey room opens, and more Austin food news

Walton's mussels
Mussels with chickpeas, harissa-tomato stew, Gala apples, and saffron from Walton's Fancy and Staple's new dinner menu. Photo by Megan LaPrelle

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Nine Banded Whiskey is opening a tasting room in Driftwood, joining Jester King Brewery and Argus Cider on the bustling Fitzhugh Road strip. The new spot, designed by McCray & Co. will host regular live music performances as well as food trucks helmed by area chefs.

Windsor Park mainstay Cuban Sandwich Cafe has closed, according to an Eater post. The owners announced the closing with a sign on the door and a promise that replacement Rocco’s Pizza and Subs would be opening in the space in a few months.

Pitchfork Pretty took home bragging rights and a $1,000 check as the Grand Champion of Sunday's Wine & Swine. The annual porkapalooza was hosted by Austin Food & Wine Alliance to raise funds for the group's culinary grant program. Interested artisans, producers, culinary professionals, farmers, food-focused nonprofits, and wine, beer, and spirit-makers have until December 1 to apply for a portion of $50,000 to be awarded by the organization in February 2018.

The Peached Tortilla is publishing its first cookbook through Sterling Epicure with recipes inspired by its signature Southern-Asian fare. A publication date has yet to be set.

The W Austin is once again hosting its Friendsgiving party and pie sale on November 22. The annual benefit for Keep Austin Fed will feature pies from Trace chef Angel Begaye, plus Uchiko, Soursop, LeRoy & Lewis, Holy Roller, and other local favorites. Customers will enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all night.

Local fast-casual chain Verts has rebranded as Noon Mediterranean to reflect its move away from doner kebabs and towards Mediterranean-inspired bowls and salads. 

West Sixth cafe Walton’s Fancy and Staple is now offering dinner service from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on Thursday through Saturday. To celebrate, the casual eatery is offering a four-course holiday wine dinner on December 7 featuring new dinner dishes like burrata with grilled persimmon, spinach, roasted pistachio, and balsamic; mussels with chickpeas, harissa-tomato stew, Gala apples, and saffron; and short ribs with sweet corn spoon bread radish chow chow, and escabeche aioli. Call 512-542-3380 for reservations.

Keep the holiday vibes going with a to-go version of Jeffrey’s beloved bagel brunches. For $50, customers will receive a half-dozen assorted bagels with smoked salmon, smoked sturgeon, chicory salad, whipped cream cheese, and all the customary fixings. Orders can be placed through the Jeffrey’s ticketing website through noon November 24.

Andiamo Ristorante will be wrapping up the Burnet Road Eats promotion on December 6. The last installment of the series will feature $10 or under dish and drink specials from Andiamo, Bonhomie, Barley Swine, Lucy's Fried Chicken, Bufalina, and more.