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Ramen Documentary Will Premiere in Austin Soon

Plus Asti’s patio crowdfunding campaign, and more news

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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.

Ramen Heads, a documentary about the noodle soup, is making its Austin premiere this week at Alamo Drafthouse’s South Lamar theater on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. Director Koki Shigeno’s film covers some of Japan’s best ramen chefs, including Osamu Tomita. As part of the debut, it will include a Q&A with local ramen shop staffers: Peached Tortilla’s Eric Silverstein, Yoshi Ramen’s Stacy Chen, and Daruma Ramen’s Andrew Dangerfield, with moderator Mia Khalifa.

— Hyde Park Italian restaurant Asti launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to build a patio. It has nearly $8,975 out of $15,000.

— Downtown bar Roosevelt Room is temporarily closed this week for renovations. It will reopen on Thursday, April 12.

— The Waller Creek pop-up picnic is back, but unfortunately, most of the baskets are sold out already, including that coveted Franklin Barbecue one. Still available are Uchi, Easy Tiger, Henbit, Intero, Lenoir, Texas French Bread, and Wu Chow. However, people are still encouraged to pack their own baskets and dine anyway. It takes place on Saturday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will go towards the Waller Creek Conservancy.

Daruma Ramen

612 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 369-3897 Visit Website

Wu Chow

500 West 5th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 476-2469 Visit Website

Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande Street, , TX 78705 (512) 499-0544 Visit Website


2612 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website


68 Wentworth Street, , SC 29401 (843) 534-9031 Visit Website

Uchi [Austin]

801 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Yoshi Ramen

3318 Harmon Avenue, , TX 78705 (512) 243-6161 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Easy Tiger

3508 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 964-8229 Visit Website