— Keen-eyed Resident Evil 7 players discovered that Whataburger makes a small appearance in the game, in the form of a styrofoam cup found in a trash can.
— Statesman’s deep-dive into the major changes of South Congress included interviews with hotelier Liz Lambert, who also runs Jo's Coffee, renovating Austin Motel, and building a brand new hotel (Hotel Magdalena). She said that she doesn't "know if the block will be able to retain the unique identity it has had until now," but then followed up that she doesn't "think change is inherently bad.” The Continental Club's Steve Wertheimer said he'd never think about selling the iconic music venue.
— Salt Lick BBQ is getting into the food truck business. The trailer set up shop at the Moontower Saloon, serving brisket, pulled pork, or sausage sandwiches, as well as brisket nachos on select days.
— Epicerie's owner and chef Sarah McIntosh shared her favorite places to grab food in Austin, including mornings at Wholy Bagel and Shake Shack's burgers. She was very happy about the opening of Irene's, too.
— Cooking Channel show Vinny & Ma Eat America’s first episode takes place in Austin, with stops at Gourdough’s Public House, Xian Sushi and Noodle, and Contigo. It airs on Tuesday, January 31 at 9 p.m.
— Italic is getting rid of its brunch and turning its attention to late night weekend dining instead with dining specials and special Sunday hours (5 to 10 p.m.).
— Austin Eastciders’ next beverage is the rum barrel-aged cider, made with the help of Treaty Oak Rum. The cider is available in limited quantities, and can be found at various Austin bars and stores, including Pinthouse Pizza, Porter Ale House, Central Market’s northern location, and more, as well as New York, Philadelphia, and other Texas cities.
— Soup Peddler opened its fifth location on North Lamar.