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The black lights are out at Royal Jelly. Owner Evan Garrett says that he decided to close the psychedelic bar and eatery December 15 in order to move to Washington, D.C. According to Garrett, Will Tanner of Stay Gold and Hole in the Wall has purchased the spot to develop a new bar with a vintage record theme. CultureMap has reached out to Tanner through both bars but has not received a comment at press time.
Korean fried chicken joint Jang’s Chimac Cafe closed December 22. The eatery took over the former home of Arirang in October 2017 and quickly became a Highland area favorite. In a Facebook post, owner Hoseob Jang said the shutter was the result of “unforeseen medical circumstances.”
East Austin Taiwanese restaurant Sweet Chive opened at 2515 E. Cesar Chavez St. on December 23. The menu includes an assortment of cold and hot dishes like cucumber salad, Szechuan bon bon chicken, housemade dumplings, and rice and noodle bowls.
A new concept is moving into the former home of Dulces Mexican Restaurant at Lakeline Mall. A mixed beverage application has been filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a joint called Wiches Waffles and Wings. Although no menu appears to be posted online, we assume the name is self-explanatory and not a clever cover for a ramen bar.
Twin Liquors is giving Bourbon fans a big reason to look forward to the new year. Through December 31, fans can enter a raffle for a chance to buy a bottle of Family Reserve 12-year Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon for only $149.99. Some drinkers may experience a little sticker shock at the price, but bottles of the rare Pappy spirit can fetch up to $1,500. To enter, download the Twin Liquors app and turn on push notifications. The winner will be announced January 4 through the app.
Sushi lovers and night owls alike will be happy to know that Uchi will soon be extending its reservations. Starting January 2, the acclaimed South Austin restaurant will accept 10 pm bookings on weekdays and 11 pm bookings on weekends.