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What Makes for a Texas Wine, and More A.M. Intel

The latest five restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

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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.

— Soon, truly Texas wines can only use Texas grapes, if this current bill is passed in the state legislature. It would require anything that is labeled as a Texas wine would need to be made from only grapes grown in the state. Representative Jason Isaac didn't appreciate the fact that so-called Texas wines used California grapes as well, as he told the Chronicle, "You cannot go Texan with Texafornia wine." Those who oppose the bill say that the Texas weather will make wine production difficult and unpredictable.

— American Public Media's Marketplace discovered that Austin restaurants and grocery stores are seeing fewer customers because of immigration raid fears.

— Wink owners Mark Paul and Stewart Scruggs looked back on the "slow food" restaurant's early days in 2001, when the temperature was so hot, guests had to wait in their cars. That’s how the pair decided to open the next-door wine bar.

— Vegan spot Counter Culture is finding it hard to find enough staffers to work the restaurant, so much so it had close the restaurant one day a week so its current employees aren’t overworked.

— While Don Japanese shuttered its trailer over the weekend, co-owner Bernard Goal said they’re looking to open a brick and mortar restaurant.


1014 North Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78703 (512) 482-8868 Visit Website

Don Japanese Food Truck

, Austin, TX (281) 725-3686

Counter Culture

2908 Fruth Street , Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 524-1540 Visit Website