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Chef Grae Nonas Returns to Austin for Italian Pop-Up, and More A.M. Intel

The latest restaurant tidbits in Austin served right now

Pasta from L'Oca d'Oro
Pasta from L'Oca d'Oro
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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.

— Grae Nonas, one of the co-founding chefs of Southern restaurant Olamaie who left for a Minneapolis job (he is no longer there), is coming back to Austin for a coastal Italian pop-up with L'Oca d'Oro. Dubbed La Mare, the six course meal will include squid, crab, fruitti di mare, eggplant zeppole, and more. The $75 dinner takes place on Thursday, August 3.

— Austin 360’s new podcast featured Aaron and Stacy Franklin of Franklin Barbecue. The couple talked about how they met, why they don’t work with a publicist (“It needs to come from us,” said Aaron Franklin), the pricing and quality of beef, how they will not expanding (“Having more restaurants sounds terrible,” he explained), and raising a family in Austin (their daughter is a big Contigo fan).

— Could Red River barbecue joint and music venue Stubb’s become Liberty Lunch, the name of the long-gone music venue?

— Rainey Street bar Icenhauer’s is accepting backpack and school supply donations through Saturday, July 29, in conjunction with Texas Advocacy Project.

GQ dug into this idea of "food chauvinism," where locals think their food is the absolute best no matter what, like Texans with their barbecue

— Oprah Winfrey's website,, ran through the best restaurants of every state. For Texas, this includes Easy Tiger's meat and cheese boards.

— Downtown cocktail bar The Townsend is celebrating its second birthday with daily $8 drink specials from each member of the team throughout the month of July, along with guest barbacks like Nickel City’s Travis Tober.

— Los Angeles-based Hoxie Spritzer, which creates canned versions of the drink, is collaborating with upscale sports apparel shop Outdoor Voices for a Texas drink. After the Clarksville store’s weekly jogging club sessions, runners will be able to drink the Texas Grapefruit Wine Spritzers, starting on Wednesday, July 12.

L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Avenue, , TX 78723 (737) 212-1876 Visit Website

The Townsend [CLOSED]

718 Congress Ave Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 887-8778

Franklin Barbecue

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

Easy Tiger

3508 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 964-8229 Visit Website