— CultureMap Houston rumormongers a possible Ramen Tatsu-Ya expansion to Houston, due to newly-purchased property from co-owner Tatsu Aikawa's company I Own This Dirt, LLC. The ramen soup toyed with the idea of expanding to the city in 2013.
— Pegged by Danny Meyer’s SXSW discussion on eliminating tipping, Chronicle caught up with several Austin restaurants which either have done the same (Thai Fresh, Counter 3.Five.VII) or offer higher wages (Whip In, Pieous).
— The Burger King found at North Lamar near West Rundberg Lane caught on fire Wednesday morning because of the french fry machine. The scorched building is now considered a total loss, with over $140,000 in damages. No one was hurt.
— The French Laundry and Per Se chef Thomas Keller sent congratulatory letters to James Beard Awards finalists Bryce Gilmore and Grae "Grace [sic]" Nonas letters.
— The Austin Independent School District is looking for proposals for several properties around Austin, including the headquarters on West 6th Street and the Austin Club building on East 9th Street.
— Maybe in light of UberEats’ new expansion, Favor’s delivery coverage now includes Westlake up to Loop 360.
— In related news, KXAN reported that the Travis County Health Department deemed UberEats as safe after an investigation.
— Bridget Dunlap’s Arro switcheroo Parlor & Yard will debut brunch buffet on Saturday, April 2.
— In Bastrop, a truck crashed into a Kentucy Fried Chicken along 95 on Wednesday morning, soon followed by another car crash into Cedar's Mediterranean and Italian Grill on College Street. There were no injuries in either incident.
— 2222 Station, a new development near Lake Travis, is looking to add several new restaurants, including an "upscale" one. Howdy Donuts is already slated to open.