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The latest restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

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.

— German discount supermarket chain Aldi is opening its first Austin-area store up in Pflugerville on Thursday, November 2.

— Franklin Barbecue raised $15,525.04 during its two-day pop-up at Mohawk for Global Giving's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The restaurant is still closed while it undergoes renovations after it caught on fire in August.

— Uchi/Uchiko’s parent company Hai Hospitality is auctioning off private dinners with chef/owner Tyson Cole to benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts. Each dinner will be paired with the corresponding restaurant chef de cuisine: Alex Astrani at Uchi Dallas (Monday, November 6), Kaz Edwards at Uchiko (Monday, November 13), and Lance Gillum at Uchi (Monday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.). The 12-person, ten-course dinners with beverage pairings begin at 6:30 p.m. with happy hour. The bids began at $4,000 and will continue up until each respective dinner.

Texas Monthly took a look at Lone Star state-inspired restaurants across the world, which include a honky tonk in Estonia, barbecue in China, tacos in South Korea, and others.

— Paul Qui’s restaurant Kuneho added an izakaya service to its bar, the Borough, with late night food and drink from midnight to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Kuneho [Closed]

1600 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Uchi [Austin]

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website