clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

New Austin Farm Grows Hydroponic Hops for Local Breweries

Plus how a local sushi restaurant focuses on sustainable fish, plus more news

If you buy something from an Eater link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics policy.

Hops from Hopperdashery
Hops from Hopperdashery
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.

— Lakeway farm Hopperdashery is growing Texas hops for local breweries, as Austin 360 reported, like Lazarus Brewing Co. and Brewer’s Table. Co-founders Dan Krause and Chris Redmond have been growing the hops the hydroponic way in their greenhouses. It’s currently raising money to help produce more hops and grow the business through IndieGoGo.

— While downtown restaurant Forthright fixes up its space after suffering a fire in October, It’s been serving a limited menu through a food truck at East Cesar Chavez and Brazos streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And then, for Sunday brunch, the restaurant teamed up with event space Trinity Hall at 311 East 5th Street to serve the weekend meal from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until it reopens.

— South Congress Japanese restaurant Lucky Robot chef Jay Huang tries to focus on sustainable seafood as much as possible, so much so that it partnered with California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. The restaurant already didn’t serve bluefin tuna (opting to go with bigeye tuna instead). The program figures out which fish are the “best choice” (aka green), “good alternatives” (yellow), and “avoid” (red). Lucky got rid of eel on its menu because of the system.

— Downtown restaurant Russian House revamped its bar area into a new cafe with coffee, cocktails, and food, dubbed Coffee Bar Europe.

— California-based fast-casual salad chain Chop Stop is opening eight locations of restaurant in San Antonio by the end of 2019, plus potentially eight more in Austin after that.

Lucky Robot

1303 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 444-8081 Visit Website

Russian House

307 East 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 428-5442 Visit Website


35 Brazos Street, , TX 78701 (512) 387-3370 Visit Website