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Noted Austin Restaurant Architect Dick Clark Is Dead, and More A.M. Intel

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Dick Clark
Dick Clark
Hayden Spears

— Austin’s “godfather of contemporary architecture” Dick Clark died this week at the age of 72. The architect founded Dick Clark and Associates (née Dick Clark Architecture) in 1979, which is behind the modern looks of local restaurants like now-shuttered spots such as Mezzaluna, Kenichi, and Fino, along with Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Lonesome Dove Austin, Nightcap, Zilker Brewing Company, Annies Cafe and Bar, Hangar Lounge, Star Bar, South Congress Hotel, and many others. He had leukemia and died from pneumonia complications.

— East Cesar Chavez barbecue truck Kerlin BBQ is now closed for summer break until Thursday, August 17. It'll reopen on Friday, August 18.

Statesman spoke to Elmar Prambs, the longtime chef of the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. He worked in the kitchen through the hotel restaurant’s different iterations, from the original fine dining spot Riverside Cafe to Cafe at the Four Seasons to the current and casual Trio.

— Chi'lantro founder Jae Kim talked about how he grew the Korean-Mexican business from a food truck to a mini-restaurant empire with QSR. "One night, I put everything that I had in the truck on the bed of fries," he explained how he came up with one of the truck's most popular dishes, "I wanted to hide the kimchi for the drunk people, and next thing we know, people start talking about it on Twitter."

— North Lamar Vietnamese restaurant Nhu'y changed its name to Pho Ha Noi with a new menu that goes beyond just vegetarian dishes.

— Chef of the impending The Brewer’s Table, Zach Hunter, is hosting a weekly brunch at Craftsman during the month of August. The all-you-can-eat Sunday morning meal comes with omelette and waffle stations, pastries, fruit, and special dishes, for $15. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

98 San Jacinto Boulevard, , TX 78701 (512) 478-4500 Visit Website

Kerlin BBQ

2207 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 412-5588 Visit Website

Chi'Lantro

6301 West Parmer Lane, , TX 78729 (512) 630-0145 Visit Website

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