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Is the Austin Food Truck Scene Saturated?

Plus the Speers are cooking at the James Beard House, and more news

An empanada from Mmmpanadas
An empanada from Mmmpanadas
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.

— Commercial real estate website Bisnow examined the state of food trucks in Austin in light of the recent Torchy’s Tacos shutter on South First. While the city is full of food trucks, it seems like the scene is saturated, at least to some food truck owners and chefs like Noble Sandwich Co.’s John Bates (the sandwich shop operates a food truck as well). The publication attributes it to competition, difficulty in finding the right location, and general costs of operating a business. While it seems like, yes, the number of food trucks is constantly growing, and yes, the number of restaurants continues to grow, food trucks can act as good testing grounds as to what works and what doesn’t. There are still success stories, after all.

— Callie and Philip Speer (Holy Roller and Bonhomie, respectively) are heading to New York City to cook together at the James Beard House later this month. The Austin Sizzle dinner will include dishes like salmon pastrami rosti, breakfast tacos with mole, Gulf crab gnocchi, and crème brûlée. It takes place on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. Member tickets are $135 and public tickets are $175.

— The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has a new commissioner and a new executive director which means changes to the way the department operates, after controversial spending in the previous years. This means not sending employees to out-of-state meetings like the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators in Hawaii. The organization isn’t pulling liquor store Spec’s licenses because of violations; instead, it is receiving a warning.

Holy Roller

509 Rio Grande Street, , TX 78701 (512) 502-5119 Visit Website

Noble Sandwich Co.

4805 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 666-5124 Visit Website