— Coffee shop chain Dunkin' Donuts finally opened its Guadalupe location over the weekend. It's open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. This is the fourth Austin-area location, and the first in Central Austin.
— Holly boutique shop and cafe Friends & Neighbors is closing. Its last day of service will be on Saturday, January 13. Owners Jade Place-Matthews, Greg Matthews, and Jill Bradshaw opened the shop/cafe in 2014. The cafe served up coffee from Stumptown, as well as wine, beer, and sake cocktails.
— Meat fanatic Jess Pryles is publishing a cookbook all about proteins. Hardcore Carnivore: Cook Meat Like You Mean It features recipes for ribs, steaks, chicken, and more. It publishes on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.
— Sushi restaurant Kome was able to move into its new larger space on Airport Boulevard thanks to the family business loan program from the City of Austin.
— Rosedale restaurant Banzai Sushi & Grill closed its North Lamar location. Its last day was yesterday, Tuesday, January 1. According to the Facebook post, it doesn't rule out a future Austin location.
— Historic bar The Tavern, which is up for sale, has 20 interested buyers as of this point.
— Edible Austin spoke to Javier Roberto Flores about his ice company, Fat Ice, and his ice philosophy. He used to work at Midnight Cowboy before he decided to start his business.