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Tapas Restaurant El Chipiron Is Closed for Now Because of Maintenance Issues

The winners of the queso competition, plus more news

A dish from El Chipiron
A dish from El Chipiron
El Chipiron/Facebook
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.

Tapas Restaurant’s Temporary Closure
South Austin tapas restaurant El Chipiron has been closed for the past several weeks because of maintenance issues. The restaurant’s air conditioner died, according to owner Pablo Gomez, so he’s taking the time to fix that, as well as work on some other repairs and general upkeep. He’s hoping to reopen the South Lamar Boulevard restaurant sometime in the following weeks.

Queso Winners
The annual queso competition Quesoff took place over the weekend at Red River music venue the Mohawk. Winners were Eldorado Cafe for best in show and veggie, Better Half for meaty, home cooks Art’s Kick Ass Queso (from Arturo Reye and Liz Segovia-Reyes) for spicy, and Pink Avocado Catering’s in the wild card category. The event raised enough money to serve 18,592 meals for the Central Texas Food Bank.

Owners and Female Pitmasters of La Barbecue
La Barbecue co-owners LeAnn Mueller and Ali Clem talked to Austin Monthly about running their popular barbecue spot as gay women in an industry full of usually male pitmasters. “I’m going to prove that women can do barbecue,” Mueller told the publication.

Barbecue Day-Off
Lauded Lexington barbecue restaurant Snow’s BBQ will be closed on Saturday, August 3. It’ll be back open the following week on Saturday, August 10.

Movie Theater/Restaurant Acquisition
Movie theater and restaurant chain Moviehouse & Eatery was acquired by corporate movie theater chain Cinépolis. The Austin-based mini-movie theater chain runs five Texas locations, with two in the city.

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N FM 620 Bldg B, Austin, TX 78726 (512) 501-3520

El Chipiron

2717 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 Visit Website

Eldorado Cafe

3300 West Anderson Lane, , TX 78757 (512) 420-2222 Visit Website

la Barbecue

2401 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Better Half

25 North Fremont Street, , OR 97227 (971) 347-3152 Visit Website

Snow's BBQ

516 Main Street, , TX 78947 (979) 773-4640 Visit Website