— Downtown hotel the Westin is suing neighboring music venue Nook Amphitheater over noise complaints. The hotel said it did everything it could to block the music from the Nook during construction, while the owners of the Nook say they monitor the club's noise levels often to make sure they’re at the legal limit. The hotel is asking for over $1 million.
— Knishes from This Knish are now available at Wholy Bagel.
— Food Network’s next show, Texas Cake House, centers of Austin’s realistic cake designers (think bleeding hearts, Texas-shaped steaks, and busts) Natalie and Dave Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio. The first two episodes focus on a pinata cake for an event at the Mexic-Arte Museum, and the other with cake and beer at Hops & Grain and an unrelated snack cake. It airs on Monday, January 9 at 8 p.m.
— Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn got a shout out in Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold’s recounting of his in-depth investigation of Donald Trump. He tried to help the writer find a portrait of the now-president elect.
— While La Barbecue's open on New Year's Eve, the barbecue trailer is taking a short vacation from Sunday, January 1 through Tuesday, January 10.
— Austin's November liquor sales were high, as the Austin Business Journal reported. JW Marriott topped the list again, but this time, the Palmer Events Center took second, followed by the combined sales of Rock Rose's Rose Room and 77 Degrees.
— Blanco Riverside Bar in Blanco, Texas was wrecked during a fire on Thursday. No one was hurt.
— Even though South Congress mixed-use development The Davis on SoCo (previously known as Berkshire SoCo) will undergo renovations, its retail and dining tenants, including Taste of Ethiopia, are safe.