— The South Austin Hooter’s restaurant on 425 West Riverside Drive is eventually going to close because the building is being replaced by a 15-story mixed-use development. RiverSouth is set to open sometime in early 2021. There will be retail on the ground floor, which will presumably include a restaurant. The development’s footprint doesn’t include the nearby Threadgill’s, which is closing in early December.
— Downtown hotel the Westin is collecting leftover Halloween candy for its forthcoming gingerbread house for the holidays. The gingerbread house is a life-size one that can fit up to 12 people for a meal.
— Under new owners Sato and Keko Kim, Northwest Austin Japanese restaurant Haru Sushi changed its name to Miyako Yakitori & Sushi, which means the 8701 West Parmer Lane restaurant now serves yakitori in addition to sushi.
— Television political documentary series The Circus filmed an episode last month at South Congress Mexican restaurant Guero’s. Since the current season is focusing on the midterm elections, episode 10 (“The Verdict”) focused on Beto O’Rourke with host Alex Wagner.