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San Antonio Artist Creates Beautiful Whataburger Paintings

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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.

— Yes, there are dramatically beautiful paintings of Texas restaurant chains available on Etsy courtesy of San Antonio artist Michael Esparza. His intent was to “make something that was super Texas,” as he told Texas Monthly, and what’s more Texas than Whataburger and Buc-ee’s? Paintings are $25.

— Tex-Mex fast food chain Taco Bueno no longer exists in Austin. It closed its last restaurant earlier this month on 5000 West Slaughter Lane. The chain filed for bankruptcy this fall and has been closing what it considered as “underperforming” restaurants, according to QSR.

— Youth-oriented nonprofit Urban Roots is expanding with a second farm to be found in southeast Austin.

— Vegan Asian-fusion food truck The Great Ya’ll is no longer at food truck park Possum Park. Instead, co-owner Beth Davidson turned the food truck into a new one, Franny’s. The new menu now focuses on vegan Southern comfort fare. The Great Y’all’s other co-owner Jenna Ryan now works at vegan pizza truck Lil’ Nonna’s.

— Barton Springs brewery and now-distillery Uncle Billy’s Brewery is now making coffee liqueur. The Muddy Water Coffee Liqueur is made with its bourbon whiskey, coffee from Austin Java, and vanilla beans.

Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

1530 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 476-0100 Visit Website


601 Barton Springs Road, , TX 78704 (512) 477-9586 Visit Website

Urban Roots

, , Texas (512) 750-8019