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North Lamar Restaurant Cafe Express Is Closed

Plus Via 313 whips up discada-topped pizza, and more news

Cafe Express on North Lamar
Cafe Express on North Lamar
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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.

— General Texas restaurant chain Cafe Express shuttered its only Austin location on 3418 North Lamar Boulevard last month, which had one of the best cookies in Austin. It was part of the restaurant company’s restructuring, according to CultureMap. There are still restaurants in Dallas and Houston.

— Detriot-stye pizza spot Via 313’s next monthly pie collaboration is with taco trailer Discada. The La Discada pie is topped with, well, discada, which consists of marinated pork and beef, plus diced pineapples, cilantro, and escabeche rosado. One dollar from every pizza sold will go towards the Circle of Health. The pie is only available at Via’s trailers on Rainey and West Sixth streets through the month of October.

— Master sommelier June Rodil, who is also the beverage director of McGuire Moorman Hospitality, was named sommelier/beverage director of the year by trade publication Wine Enthusiast.

— Vegetarian restaurant Casa de Luz’s dining room will be closed from Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 14 because it’s installing fire sprinklers.

— Now people in Australia can now buy Franklin Barbecue’s sauces in retail shops found in the country/continent. Alas, smoked meats aren’t included.

P. Terry’s raised $28,654.27 through its Giving Back Day last Saturday. All of the proceeds will be donated to the ARC Capital Area.

— Blanco distillery Ben Milam Whiskey is expanding with a 2,500 square foot barrelhouse this week under recently-added head brewer Marlene Holmes, who used to work for Jim Beam.

Casa de Luz

1701 Toomey Road, , TX 78704 (512) 476-2535 Visit Website

Via 313 [Rainey]

61 Rainey Street, Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 609-9405 Visit Website

P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 473-2217 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

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


1319 Rosewood Avenue, , TX 78702 (512) 945-7577 Visit Website