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Roy Choi Delivers Franklin Barbecue, Austin in Oakland, and More A.M. Intel

The latest eight restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Roy Choi at the Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin
Roy Choi at the Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin
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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.

— Roy Choi, the Los Angeles chef behind Korean taco truck Kogi and LocoL, gave the keynote at the Restaurant Innovation Summit, but before he talked about social media, affordability, and taking care of workers, he delivered some Franklin Barbecue to moderator and Statesman writer Addie Broyles. He also mentioned that he was working on a new project with Chef director Jon Favreau. While he was in Austin, he also enjoyed falafels from Kebabalicious and always queso.

— Taco specialist Mando Rayo opined on the idea of whether the country was in peril of having "taco trucks on every corner" (spoiler: it’s not), and dives into Texas' taco culture (Veracruz All Natural gets a shout-out).

— There was a Yeti cooler thief in East Texas, as seen with the in-depth report from Men's Journal.

— Oakland restaurant Toast is pulling a switcheroo into a tacos and margaritas spot named Austin. Owner Heather Sittig lived in the city while she was a teenager, so she wanted to replicate it.

Downtown cafe Mour has a new long name: Barley Bean presented by Mour, as a sign of the cafes’ new partnership. Barley Bean’s menu and products will be found in Mour’s space.

— With Mohawk's ten year anniversary, Austin Monthly spoke to owner James Moody, who talked about the music venue's transformation from Tex-Mex restaurant El Charro and the changing face of Red River. He also remembered the time that Kool Keith gave out Domino's pizza during a show once.

— Remember that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt once visited Iron Works BBQ.

— Hopdoddy Burger Bar has a new CEO: Jeff Chandler.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

1400 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 243-7505 Visit Website

The Mohawk

912 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 666-0877 Visit Website

Mour Café + Bar [Closed]

303 Colorado St Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701

Barley Bean

2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 382-9106 Visit Website

Iron Works BBQ

100 Red River St, , TX 78701 (512) 478-4855 Visit Website