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Johnny Manziel’s Dirty Sixth Lawsuit, Otoko’s Bluefin Tuna Breakdown, and More A.M. Intel

The latest 11 restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

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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.

— Former NFL football quarterback Johnny Manziel is being sued by Dirty Sixth bar New York New York employee Eric Newton. Newton claims that Manzel broke his nose after an altercation in September. He is asking for damages between $200,000 to $1 million.

— Even though a judge sided with a group of Texas breweries during its lawsuit claiming that the state's law unconstitutionally blocks breweries from selling their distribution rights themselves, the TABC is appealing that decision. This means Live Oak Brewing, Peticolas Brewing, and Revolver Brewing (the latter is now owned by MillerCoors) will have to go back to court. Likewise, Cuvee owner Mike McKim believes the TABC will appeal a judge’s ruling that his crowler machine is lega.

— Otoko's sushi wizard Yoshi Okai put on a bluefin tuna breakdown show at the tiny Japanese restaurant, and Vice Munchies was there to witness the production. An important key factor: since the fish is endangered, the restaurant only purchases sustainably-sourced, farm-raised fish from company Dainichi, which works in conjunction with a Japanese university.

— Austin fast food workers joined yesterday's National Day of Disruption protests, which happened across the country as part of the Fight For $15, where employees are seeking living wages.

Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn walked through his favorite barbecue joints with CNN (with some not-Texas choices), calling out Snow’s BBQ, Franklin Barbecue, Louie Mueller Barbecue, as well as former Austin pitmaster John Lewis' Charleston spot. His updated list of the top 50 barbecue places in the state will be released in June 2017.

— Uchi chef Tyson Cole traveled to Japan for some culinary inspiration, and shared his go-to restaurants in the country with Food & Wine. This includes Tsukiji Fish Market, sushi bar Kyubey, and brewery Kamotsuru Shuzo.

— Austin chefs divulged their favorite food books with Statesman. There were several recommendations for Thomas Keller's The French Laundry Cookbook, Uchi's Michael Castillo is a fan of manga series Oishinbo, which covers Japanese cuisine, and Eden East/Hillside Farmacy's Sonya Cote enjoyed Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.

— Downtown’s newest Italian restaurant Red Ash is adding a daily happy hour with $2 off beers, wines by the glass, and cocktails, and $7 bites. It’s available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every day.

— Alamo Drafthouse extended an invitation to a San Antonio moviegoer and his mom to a film at the theater after his photo of his mother sneaking in corn on the cob into a different theater went viral yesterday. The Austin theater's one condition: no flash photography.

— El Arroyo general manager Carlos Santizo is concerned about the restaurant’s business in light of next week’s northbound MoPac's week-long nightly shutter.

— Austin Beerworks brewed up a winter beer as a tribute to the Driskill Hotel's 130th anniversary, called Cattle Baron Wheatwine.

Red Ash Italia

303 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 379-2906 Visit Website

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

1120 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 861-7040 Visit Website

El Arroyo

1624 West 5th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 474-1222 Visit Website

Live Oak Brewery

1615 Crozier Lane, Austin, TX (512) 385-2299


1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 994-0428 Visit Website

Uchi [Austin]

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website