— Barton Springs brewery Uncle Billy’s Brewery bought Pedernales Brewing Company. The brewery will brew up Pedernales’ beers in its space within the revitalized Celis Brewery up on Metric Boulevard. This includes Pedernales’ classic beers, the Lobo series, and the Robert Earl Keen ones. Pedernales’ head brewery John West will work at the Celis facility to maintain the beer. Founder Lee Hereford will be involved in the transition, and, in the future, will work on distributor relations.
— Barley Swine and Odd Duck’s future sibling restaurant Sour Duck Market is hiring front of house staff tomorrow, Thursday, March 1. It’s looking for bar people, baristas, and bakery attendants, among other positions.
— Double-decker juice truck Level Up is officially closed because of “personal, financial reasons, and outdated unreasonable food truck laws.”
— Washington Post went on a taco tour of Austin, where he did not go to a single food truck. The writer decided to strangely opt for pre-packaged Veracruz All Natural breakfast tacos at Juan Pelota (instead of going to the actual food trucks), the offerings at Lazarus Brewery, East Austin institution Joe’s Bakery, El Arroyo because of those signs, and fancy new-school ones from Austin Taco Project, and ones from Fresa’s drive-thru.
— Tecolote Farm out in Manor, Texas is taking a break for the rest of 2018, which means halting its community supported agriculture deliveries. It did say there might be an excess of produce production, which could appear at farmers markets or restaurants
— Downtown restaurant Max’s Wine Dive added a daytime-friendly $6 happy hour menu, with dishes and wines by the glass available at that price from 11 a.m. on the weekdays and 10 a.m. on the weekends until 6 p.m. Dishes include bone marrow popcorn and mac and cheese balls with chili.
— Austin Food & Wine Festival announced the chef showcase lineup, which includes a whole bunch of Austin and San Antonio names from restaurants like from Salt & Time, Stiles Switch BBQ, Foreign & Domestic, Wu Chow, Botika, and others. Read on for the full list below.
— Fundraising event Amplify Austin Day takes place tomorrow on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. through Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m., where people are encouraged to donate to Central Texas nonprofits. Tito’s is matching up to $20,000 raised, $10,000 of which will go towards Amplify Austin Stretch Fund. It’s hosting a kick-off party tomorrow at Lustre Pearl East from 6 to 8 p.m. Favor is also adding donation opportunities through its app starting today through Sunday, March 4 towards the same stretch fund.
— Mueller sushi restaurant Kyoten Sushiko is temporarily closed until Thursday, March 8.
Austin Food & Wine Festival’s Chef Showcases
Saturday, April 28
Stephen Bonin, Geraldine’s
Jeff Brown, Old Thousand
Louis Ciolla, Salt & Time
James Cole, Jacoby’s Restaurant & Mercantile
Austin Ewald, Grizzelda’s
Natalie Gazaui, Eberly
Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley, Foreign & Domestic
Clinton Kendall, East Side King
Lance Kirkpatrick, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Stephanie McClenny, Confituras
Jason McVearry and Trisha Fortuna, Poke Poke
Josh Neises, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro Austin
David Norman, Easy Tiger
James Robert, Fixe
Charles Schlienger, Sway
Eric Silverstein, The Peached Tortilla
Jason Stude, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill
Joshua Thomas, Mattie’s at Green Pastures
Miguel Vidal, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Kevin Williamson, Ranch 616
Sunday, April 29
Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh
John Bates and Brandon Martinez, Noble Sandwich Co.
Thomas Calhoun, Aviary Wine & Kitchen
Taylor Chambers, Justine’s Brasserie
Ji Peng Chen, Wu Chow
Kazu Fukumoto, Fukumoto
Taylor Hall, Apis
Geronimo Lopez, Botika
Harold Marmulstein, Salty Sow
Brian Moses, Olive & June
Ashley Neave, Forthright
Daniel Olivella, Barlata
Sterling Ridings, Guild
Maribel Rivero, Yuyo
Max Snyder, Pitchfork Pretty
Anthony Sobotik, Lick Honest Ice Creams
George Thomas, Unit-D Pizzeria
Carmen Valera, Tamale House East
Murph Willcott, Texas French Bread
Kevin Williamson, Ranch 616