— Rapidly growing restaurant chain Torchy’s Tacos is opening its 14th location at 5900 West Slaughter Lane starting on Tuesday, November 13. The Escarpment Village restaurant will preview its menu with free food — tacos to queso to margaritas — during a sneak peek party on Monday, November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. This is the location that took over Tex-Mex restaurant Santa Rita Cantina.
— An oh-so-inventive Austin couple turned their house into a Whataburger house for Halloween. Nicole Jensen and Cheri Horner decked out their house in all sorts of decorations and gear from the Texas burger chain, from adding orange everywhere to serving actual Whataburger food to dressing up in the uniforms.
— That location of casual seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack on 600 East Riverside Drive is temporarily closed because of repairs to the building.
— The first-ever Austin Restaurant Weeks, which was held in late August and early September, raised $137,408 to be donated to the Central Texas Food Bank.
— There was a bomb threat at the Whataburger found in Lakeway at 2011 Ranch Road 620 South on Tuesday, October 30. The building was evacuated and the Lakeway Police Department determined that there were no bombs.