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Texas Governor Loses Appetite for Chick-fil-A Following Its Decision to Stop Anti-LGBTQ Donations

Another juice shop is opening in downtown Austin, plus more news

A fried chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A
A fried chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A
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 Governor Weighs In on Chick-fil-A’s Donation Directive
In response to chicken sandwich chain Chick-fil-A’s decision to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he’s going to dine at barbecue chain Bill Miller’s, since its owner, Balous Miller, is a major Trump donor.

Before this recent Chick-fil-A decision, Texas even passed a Save Chick-fil-A bill earlier this year in response to the San Antonio City Council initially banning the restaurant chain from opening in the airport because of those donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations. The bill dictated that the government can’t make decisions based on where people or companies choose to donate to.

New Downtown Austin Juice Shop
Local Austin mini-chain Soup Peddler’s opening a new store in the downtown area at 205 West 3rd Street sometime in December. It’s taking over what had been Daily Juice. Expect soups (naturally), sandwiches, juices, smoothies, etc. It will be its sixth overall store in the city.

New Burger Chain CFO
Growing Austin burger chain P. Terry’s hired a new chief financial officer, Millicent Hawkins, this week. She had previously worked at local jewelry company Kendra Scott for five years holding several roles, most recently the vice president of change management.

Aarón Sánchez and Shakey Graves
Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez is touring behind his memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef, and he’s making an Austin stop next month. The book event will include food from Sánchez and La Condesa chef Rick Lopez, as well as a discussion between the chef and musician Shakey Graves, as well as a concert by Graves. It takes place at the Empire Control Room & Garage off Red River at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9. General admission tickets are $65, which includes a signed copy of the book and food. Then there’s the Merch Package for $90, which includes additional, well, merchandise. Then there are the $135 VIP tickets which include all of that, plus a meet-and-greet with the chef and access to the open bar.


503 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 473-8651 Visit Website

P. Terry's

404 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 473-2217 Visit Website

Soup Peddler

2801 South Lamar Boulevard, , TX 78704 (512) 444-7687 Visit Website