— Taiwanese bubble tea chain Gong Cha opened its second Austin-area location up in Cedar Park today, Friday, August 31. On deck at the 13201 Ranch Road 620 North store are plentiful bubble and milk teas, along with coffee, lushes, and even drinks topped with Oreo crumbles. The first Austin Gong Cha opened on Guadalupe in June.
— Dai Due Taqueria is teaming up with Prohibition Creamery for two special ice cream sundae collaborations. The first is the boozy corn and amaranth sundae, made with mezcal and Dai Due’s masa and popped amaranth. That one will be available at the East 7th Street ice cream shop. Then, Dai Due Taqueria is dishing up the boozy churro sundae at the Fareground stall, made with masa-mezcal ice cream, corn-pecan-burnt milk crumble, cajeta, and pasilla chile. Everything will be available starting on Saturday, September 1 through the end of the month.
— Continuing Peached Tortilla’s monthly guest milkshake series, the Asian-Southern restaurant is teaming up with Henbit pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph on the monster cookie shake. The shake is made with peach leaf-infused milk, peach compote, and icing rim with pecan brittle. On top of that will be the monster cookie, as well as whipped cream and matcha powder. It will be available at Peached Tortilla’s Shake, Burgers, and Bubbles brunch on Sunday, September 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
— Healthy restaurant Picnik added new flavors of its retail bottles of butter coffee, which now includes extra bold, vanilla latte, and golden milk matcha.
— North Loop food truck Otherside Deli is offering up breakfast sandwiches for the Longhorn game airing at its homebase at Back Lot on Saturday, September 1. This means Wholy Bagel sandwiches, like the pastrami-egg-cheese, pastrami-cheddar schmear, vegetable schmear, and pickled deviled eggs. It begins at 11 a.m.
— Rosedale seafood restaurant Guild started a community club membership program. The $99 membership fee will include seasonal gifts (cornbread, salsas, cookies, herbs), priority seating for the chef’s table, entry to a private bar event for members only, cooking and cocktail classes, and other events. Half of all proceeds from the new memberships will go towards a different charity every month. The first is the Rosedale School.