— As a final farewell to 2016, sausage restaurant Frank’s special menu for the week serves a tribute to celebrities who passed away last year. This includes shakes: Raspberry Beret (for Prince) and Moonage Daydream (David Bowie); coffee: Golden Ticket (for Gene Wilder); wine: Wishful Drinking (for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds); and more. Scope out the full offerings below.
— January usually means gym memberships and attempts to eat healthier. In that vein, Baby Greens is offering a 28-day challenge to encourage just that. Starting on Monday, January 9, the salad drive-thru will share exercises, food specials, and tips, and participants are encouraged to share their progress on social media (#28daysofbabygreens). There will be a preview event with salads and yoga on Saturday, January 7 from noon to 2 p.m.
— Jester King Brewery's Jeffrey Stuffings is a fan of Live Oak Brewing Co.'s unfiltered pale lager. He also thinks that craft beer fandom is plateauing a bit due to so many breweries and beers.
— Delivery service Postmates shared the most delivered Austin restaurants, including Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Home Slice, Whataburger, Chipotle, and more.
— PhoNatic is raising money for homeless nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes through all of January. The mini-pho chain will donate one dollar with every phone tagged with #SoupPhoAll and customers who donate unopened travel-sized toiletries will get a free fountain drink. This runs until Tuesday, January 31.
— Likewise, Rock Rose newcomer Flower Child is donating to No Kid Hungry with every meal eaten at the restaurant, posted on social media with the hashtag #FlowerChild365. One person will win free meals for a year, too.
— Apanas Coffee & Beer owner Aamil Sarfani spoke to Statesman’s Michael Barnes, where he shared that he drew inspiration from Radio Coffee and Beer for his two cafes. He studied in Nicaragua, where he spent time at a coffee farm and became interested with direct trade coffee. While the Rock Rose location is flourishing, the South Congress one hasn't been so easy with the number of nearby coffee shops
— Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q in Round Rock's pit caught on fire last Friday during business hours, but no one was injured. It reopened the next day.