— 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.
— 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.