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Kemuri Tatsu-Ya Adds the Last New Smoker Built by John Lewis Sr.

Plus breakfast burritos come to South First, and more news

The brisket uni at Kemuri
The brisket uni at Kemuri
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.

— Texas-Japanese izakaya Kemuri Tatsu-ya expanded its hours into Monday and Tuesday dinner time starting on Monday, October 1. To help with food production, the restaurant added a new wood-fired smoker from Austin Smoke Works’ John Lewis Sr. (yes, the father of former Austin pitmaster/now Charleston pitmaster John Lewis). Notably, this is Lewis Sr.’s last smoker because he is retiring. The restaurant is also adding a Suntory highball machine that will dispense Japanese whiskey highball cocktails.

— South First coffee shop Seventh Flag is now offering breakfast burritos from the Rooster, the Los Angeles breakfast truck that recently expanded into Austin.

— For P. Terry’s annual Day of Caring, the burger drive-thru will donate all proceeds from its 15 locations on Saturday, September 29 to the ARC Capital Area. The next one will take place on Saturday, December 15 benefitting Season for Caring.

— Austin art museum the Contemporary’s fall fundraiser Camp Contemporary announced its chef and restaurant lineup, where the participating parties will whip up camp-themed food. There’s ELM’s Andrew Curren and Mary Catherine Curren, Epicerie’s Sarah Mcintosh, Le Politique’s Melissa Carroll and Gerard Kenny, McGuire Moorman Hospitality’s Larry McGuire, and San Antonio chef John Brand. Cold-brew coffee company Chameleon Cold-Brew will create desserts too. It takes place at Laguna Gloria on Saturday, October 20 from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $175 for museum members and $200 for general admission.

John Lewis Sr. and Tatsu Aikawa with Kemuri’s new smoker
John Lewis Sr. and Tatsu Aikawa with Kemuri’s new smoker
Kemuri [Official]

Le Politique [CLOSED]

110 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 580-7651 Visit Website

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya

2713 East 2nd Street, , TX 78702 (512) 803-2224 Visit Website


2307 Hancock Drive, , TX 78756 (512) 371-6840 Visit Website

Laguna Gloria

3801 Bull Creek Rd, Austin, TX 78703 (512) 458-8191

Seventh Flag Coffee

1506 South 1st Street, , TX 78704 (512) 596-4477 Visit Website

The Rooster [Austin]

1606 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78702 Visit Website