— Austin Eastciders unveiled its latest fruity cider flavor: ruby red grapefruit, made with fruit from the Rio Grande Valley The new cider will be released with two parties, one at Hotel Vegas on Saturday, February 24 at 7 p.m., and the second at Austin Eastciders Collaboratory on Sunday, February 25 from 2 to 6 p.m. It will be available in bars and stores starting on Monday, February 26.
— The Austin City Council voted to require that private businesses offer paid sick days for employees. While it begins in October, workers can earn their sick days right now. Businesses with 15 or fewer employees can get up to six days, employees for bigger companies can get up to eight, according to ThinkProgress. Smaller businesses with five or fewer employees will have to wait for their paid sick days until October 2020.
— New school barbecue trailer LeRoy & Lewis is temporarily closed until Wednesday, February 21.
— Downtown bar Roosevelt Room is featuring a special menu of cocktails inspired by Tulum, Mexico in honor of co-owner Dennis Gobis’ upcoming wedding. The menu is available on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17.
— In honor of the Austin Marathon this Sunday, February 18, Yoshi Ramen is offering 10 percent discounts to all runners (with bibs) after the race.
— Rainey Street restaurant Emmer & Rye is hosting a new dinner series this year, bringing in chefs from across the country. The first features former Catbird Seat chef Trevor Moran and Elske’s David and Anna Posey on Thursday, February 22; Bocuse d’Or’s Mathew Peters and Hogstone & Aelder on Thursday, March 29, and ending with Cosme’s Daniela Soto-Innes and Mixtli’s Diego Galicia and Rico Torres on Sunday, April 29. The dinners aren’t tickets, but reservations are recommended.
— Winery Infinite Monkey Theorem is releasing its next local wine, the Texas Viognier, made with stone fruit and tangerine. It’s available starting on Monday, February 19.