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Family-Owned Whataburger Is Exploring Its Options with Banking Firm

Plus, an Austin restaurant lands on Food & Wine’s list of best new restaurants, and more intel.

Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

What’s Next for Whataburger?

Texan icon Whataburger is partnering with mega-bank Morgan Stanley to “explore our options,” for an expansion according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. That could mean selling all or part of the company, an IPO, adding investors, or any number of financial strategies. The San Antonio-based restaurant chain has remained family-owned since its founding in 1950 and has more than 820 locations, with 670 of those in Texas.

Food & Wine Names Suerte a Best New Restaurant

Food & Wine magazine released its list of best new restaurants in America, and Suerte landed at the number 2 spot (a change from previous years when the list was unranked). Chef Fermín Núñez’s suadero tacos with “black magic oil” was particularly praised in the list. Neo-soul food restaurant Indigo in Houston, whose chef Jonny Rhodes was named Eater Houston’s chef of the year, landed at the eighth on the list, while Cadence in Philadelphia took the top spot.

The “John Wick” of Replying to Yelp Reviews

The owner of Pfleugerville restaurant Kung Fu Buffet was recognized by Reddit and Texas Monthly for his sassy responses to Yelp reviews. For example, one response was “earn to cook at home loser! LOL” though when a reviewer focused only on the flavor of food, his response was “To be honest I respect you very much.”


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