— Fleet Coffee is raising money for the ACLU in response to the controversial immigration ban by donating 20% of its revenue from Friday, February 3 to Sunday, February 5, along with other coffee shops across the country. Coffee site Sprudge will also match the first $500 each cafe raises.
— Advanced sommelier Hai Tran, of Philadelphia’s The Ritten Hotel, won wine competition Somms Under Fire over the weekend. The pairings were served alongside food from Hudson’s on the Bend chefs Billy Caruso and Brandon Silver. He wins a one week wine-focused internship in Burgundy, France, a $2,000 travel grant, and a champagne saber. Advanced sommelier Jill Zimorski won the audience pick, and will receive an educational wine trip to the Austrian Wine Summit.
— Love Franklin Barbecue, staying up all night, and waking up super early? The barbecue joint is hiring for new barbecue cooks.
— Tiny cafe Sister Coffee is closed starting today until Wednesday, February 8 while it undergoes some expansion construction.
— Now beer lovers will be able to bring St. Elmo Brewing's brews home with refillable take-away growlers starting today. It's $10 for the growler, and $12-$18 for pours.
— JuiceLand keeps on growing with the opening of its 17th Austin location up on 183 and Anderson Mills starting today. The exact address is 1309 North Highway 183, Building A.
— As SXSW’s beer sponsor, Bud Light is repackaging the bottles and cans just for the ginormous festival.
— Whataburger added a new bottle sauce to its HEB lineup: the buffalo sauce, as well as giant 40 ounce bottles of the fancy and spicy ketchups.
— Kuneho, chef Paul Qui’s revamped flagship restaurant, introduced a new happy hour this week, with discounts bites ranging from $2 to $8, and various cocktails, beers, and punches. It’s available from 5 to 7 p.m. on the weekdays.