Texas Book Festival
Celebrated Southern chef Sean Brock, known for stellar restaurants like Husk and appearances on food television shows like The Mind of a Chef and Chef’s Table, is coming to Austin for the yearly Texas Book Festival. He’ll promote his forthcoming cookbook, South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations, as well as sign copies of it. Brock’s event takes place on Saturday, October 26 at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Austin. $40 book tickets, which come with a pre-signed copy of his book as well as first dibs on seating, are recommended, but not required. The chef notably left Charleston for Nashville last year.
Kerbey Lane Cafe Growth
All-hours diner mini-chain Kerbey Lane Cafe is still planning on opening that West Braker Lane restaurant, despite all of the delays and announcing that it was coming in 2014. The restaurant had to re-do its site plan, according to Community Impact.
Campus Coffee Shop Expansion
Lucky Lab Coffee Co. expanded with a second location in West Campus on 620 West 24th Street. The new cafe is found on the ground floor of student apartment building The Ruckus 2.0 with daily hours. and a walk-up window.
Burger Chain Reopening
The far south Austin location of burger chain BurgerFi has reopened on 5701 West Slaughter Lane as of Monday, July 29, under new management company Foodies Inc.
Spicy Taco Month
Torchy’s Tacos’s annual hot taco month is back again, where the taco chain will present an increasingly spicier new taco every week, which began on Thursday, August 1. It starts off with the milder Bottle Rocket Shrimp, where the shrimp is battered with a habanero mixture, and ends with the Scalding Pig, where the pork is stewed with pasilla and ghost peppers, plus doused in Torchy’s XXX hot sauce.