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New Korean Restaurant Is Now Open in North Campus

Plus a Lockhart barbecue joint now offers sauce and forks, and more news

Kimchi fried rice from Korean Komfort
Kimchi fried rice from Korean Komfort
Blair S./Yelp
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.

— Food truck Korean Komfort’s brick-and-mortar restaurant opened in late June. It now offers an expanded menu with more entrees, stews, and sides like buddae jigae (Army base stew with spam and rice cake slices) and deep-fried pork belly burgers, along with the usual bibimbap.

— Lockhart barbecue institution Kreuz Market decided to do away with its “No Forks, No Sauce” motto and started to offer just that. Owner Keith Schmidt had to add barbecue sauce and forks with Kreuz’s second location in Bryan, Texas (which opened in 2015) because of customer demand. The Lockhart location reluctantly followed suit because of out-of-town barbecue seekers.

— A bunch of Austin music clubs and venues have been purchased and closed by investment firm World Class Capital Group, run by Nate Paul. This includes Ethics Music Lounge, Kingdom, and Karma Lounge. The company also purchased Empire Control Room.

— Barbecue trailer Kerlin BBQ is going on its summer break starting on Monday, August 6 through Thursday, August 30.

— Likewise, South Congress Hotel’s omakase restaurant Otoko and secret bar Watertrade are going on summer break from Wednesday, August 8 through Saturday, August 18. Both places will reopen on Wednesday, August 22.

— Schlotzsky’s on South Lamar Boulevard might be replaced with a new tall development, if the zoning change is approved for the height request. The potential seven-story office building would include a high-volume restaurant.

— As part of the application process for Amy’s Ice Creams, would-be ice cream scoopers have to get creative with a paper bag. One applicant made a hot air balloon, and another created a small photobooth.

— The National Trust for Historic Preservation put together a list of historic dive bars in the country, including Austin’s train car-turned-bar Donn’s Depot.

Kreuz Market

619 North Colorado Street, , TX 78644 (512) 398-2361 Visit Website


1603 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX (512) 920-6405

Korean Komfort

3423 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78705


1603 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 994-0428 Visit Website

Donn's Depot

1600 West 5th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 478-0336 Visit Website

Kerlin BBQ

2207 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 412-5588 Visit Website