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Birthday parties and Korean barbecue top Austin's tastiest restaurant news
Editor's Note: This week in the Austin food scene, events are finally back. Locals are back from holiday travels, their routines are intact, and restaurateurs are again donning their regular-season event hosting hats. Here are the latest developments.
UPDATE: The Museum of Ice Cream has postponed its Cardi B cocktail launch. The new date has not yet been specified. The listing has been removed from the article.
Openings and closings
Gen Korean BBQ House, a popular mid-size national chain that's mostly in California and Texas, has opened two projects with the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration in Austin and Pflugerville. Both are renovations to accommodate new Gen Korean BBQ locations, according to the records, but the Austin project is significantly larger at an estimated $2.4 million. (That's compared to Pflugerville's $400,000 tweaks.) Reviewers at other locations often point out that they're pleased with the restaurant's pricing.
ICYMI: A new hospitality group is in town by way of Los Angeles. Lobos Hospitality, which plans its first three restaurants in Austin, is opening a 70s-inspired eatery called Toasty Badger Diner at the site of the city's first Dairy Queen. Also this week, Beerburg Brewing is turning 4 and closing its doors — on the same day. They'll have a party on January 20 to celebrate both milestones.
Other news and notes
Austinites who are wishing someone would throw them a birthday party at a fancy hotel are in luck; South Congress Hotel'smonthly zodiac parties kick off on January 18. The hotel is celebrating Capricorn season with tunes by DJ Prissy P, cocktails fit for the theme by the hotel's Lobby Bar, readings by Sound Sight Tarot, and fake cakes for photo ops by Pretty Shitty Cakes. Next up will be Aquarius on February 6. This free party is drop-in only.
Speaking of Capricorns, it's time to celebrate Abby Jane Bakeshop. (Can a business have an astrological sign? I say yes.) The bakery is celebrating its third birthday on January 20 and 21 with hot dogs on house-made buns, plus three types of mini-bundt cake: sourdough carrot cake with coconut, walnut, pineapple, and cream cheese frosting; chocolate-vanilla marble cake with ganache, caramel, and peanuts; and cardamom cornmeal cake with strawberries, figs, and lemon-labneh whip. New merch is also on the menu.
Farmers don't have to live in sprawling, open expanses. Urban Roots, a youth farming and food equity nonprofit, is inviting Austinites to join for a community work day on January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Old friends and newcomers alike can pitch in planting onions and doing other gardening maintenance in far-East Austin (7651 Delwau Ln.). They'll also get to meet Urban Roots' new executive director, Brian Stephens, who is a fourth-generation Texan bringing experience from Andy Roddick Foundation. Register via GivePulse by noon on January 19.