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Questlove Loved Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, and More A.M. Intel

The latest five restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Slicing brisket at Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Slicing brisket at Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Kemuri Tatsu-ya/Facebook
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.

— Musician and food lover Questlove was in town again, and this time, he hit up Kemuri Tatsu-ya (calling it the "craziest Japanese/BBQ fusion spot") and Wu Chow, the latter with comedian Chris Rock since he was in town for a performance.

— The now-former Scarlet Rabbit's new form will take the shape of a different restaurant: Finley's, from its new owner, Ryan Sabrsula. He plans on renovating the building, turning it into a more casual spot. Most of Scarlet's staff will stay on with Finley's, including former co-owner Rich Taylor as the new chef. Sabrsula also owns Thirsty Nickel on Dirty Sixth Street and Spinners in Wells Branch.

— Actor Justin Theroux was in town for a barbecue bachelor party, making the smoked meat rounds in Lockhart (where he happened to spend some time filming season 2 of The Leftovers).

Washington Post digs into the new school barbecue trend, stemming from Aaron Franklin's start in 2009, and what it looks like right now, with pitmaster Laura Loomis of San Antonio's Two Bros BBQ and elsewhere.

— Food tour company Austin Eats is allowing attendees to donate $5 to the Central Texas Food Bank with every excursion booked.

Wu Chow

500 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-2469 Visit Website

Central Texas Food Bank

6500 Metropolis Dr, Austin, TX 78744

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 East 2nd Street, , TX 78702 (512) 803-2224 Visit Website

Thirsty Nickel

325 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 649-1232 Visit Website