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Deep Eddy Vodka Sold, The Townsend Expands, and More A.M. Intel

The latest six restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now.

Deep Eddy Vodka's distillery
Deep Eddy Vodka's distillery
Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

— Deep Eddy Vodka was sold to Kentucky’s Heaven Hills Brands yesterday. The distillery will stay in Austin out in the Hill Country.

— After temporarily shuttering for inspections, John Mueller’s barbecue trailer is back open.

— The Townsend, the swanky downtown cocktail bar run by Justin Elliott and Penumbral Strategic Ventures, is taking over the second floor of the building on Congress Avenue as a private event space called The Thompson Room. Elliott told Eater that he will be overlooking the food and beverage program, which will customized for every event. The group plans on finishing construction by late October.

Texas Monthly examines brisket on the black market due to high beef prices and higher demand. This includes Austin’s brisket bandit late last year and Operation Meat Locker in 2011.

Check out this photo of the Ramen Tatsu-ya guys with Paul Qui in 2012.

Super #tbt for y'all: a special, secret dinner we put on with @pqui. 12/09/2012 - just four months in! #polaroid

Posted by Ramen Tatsu-ya on Thursday, August 20, 2015

— Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, La Condesa, The Peached Tortilla, and Paco’s Tacos will be featured on an episode of The Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 p.m.