— Yes, it’s freezing in Austin. Because of the awful weather, local restaurants, bars, and food trucks are closing for the day for safety reasons, and Eater is tracking everything over here.
— Actors Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (who happens to live in Austin) stopped by Lucy’s on the Fly for a meal last week.
— Oasis Texas Brewing Company teamed up with service industry forum In the Weeds for a beer collaboration highlighting the static federal tipped minimum wage. The $2.13 pale ale is named as such because the tipped minimum hasn’t increased since 1991. The Bantam pale ale will be available in cans at retailers after a launch party on Friday, January 26.
— Texas’ cool cooler company Yeti interviewed Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ pitmaster Miguel Vidal. He wants to learn French and while he loves making barbecue, he “hate[s] the time it takes away from [his] family.”
— Texas food author Lisa Fain shared her favorite Texas dishes from a recent trek through the state. That included Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong dip,Terry Black’s Barbecue’s smoked meats, and enchiladas from Dart Bowl.
— JuiceLand opened its 20th Austin location at 5521 Balcones Drive in Northwest Austin. It will host a grand opening party on Saturday, January 20, where all proceeds will be donated towards the Refugee Services of Texas. Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
— Round Rock Honey and Austin restaurants are raising money for the Texas Farmers Markets’ Farmers Emergency Relief Fund, benefiting those farmers affected by the recent freezes. Round Rock Honey will donate partial proceeds from its bourbon barrel-aged honey. Fixe, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Uchi, Uchiko, Trace, Searsucker, and Craftsman will create dishes and drinks using the honey, donating those partial proceeds as well. It will be available until the end of January.
— Yakitori sports bar Pacific Rim Sushi and Yakitori is no longer. Instead, the North Shoal Creek restaurant changed its name and focus to Pacific Rim Cajun Sports Bar and Kitchen starting this month.