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Yeah, a Mouse Ran Into a Whataburger Deep Fryer

Franklin Barbecue is now serving its house-made sausages, plus more news

A meal at Whataburger
A meal at Whataburger
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.

Whataburger’s Deep Fried Mouse
A video depicting a mouse hiding on a kitchen table of a Whataburger in Bastrop and then running into a deep fryer was shared widely on Sunday. Brushawn Lewis, the person who recorded the video, told KVUE that everyone dining at the restaurant at the time received a refund. Whataburger commented on his video post with the following statement:

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. At Whataburger, cleanliness and food safety are top priorities for us. In this instance, we closed the restaurant out of an abundance of caution and notified pest control. The entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized. We addressed this situation as quickly as possible, reinforcing procedures with our Family Members. While we’ll continue to be very diligent, it’s important to know there was no history of this type incident at this unit and there is no ongoing issue. A member of our team would like to reach out and address any concerns. Can you please share your contact information with us?

Franklin Barbecue’s Sausages
After working on Franklin Barbecue’s in-house sausage production for a while, pitmaster Aaron Franklin’s smoked meats restaurant is now serving its entirely-made-in-house sausages on its menu. Leading the link production is Megan Nesland, who had been with Whole Foods Market previously.

New Austin Guide
Local blogger Jane Ko is releasing her very own print guide to the city, Koko’s Guide to Austin. While further details aren’t available, it’s safe to expect it will feature her recommendations throughout the city, from restaurants to activities. There’s a launch party set for Thursday, September 12 at the Ellis bar at the Fareground in downtown Austin. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets at $40. Both tickets come with copies of the books. It runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The book will be available starting on Friday, September 13.


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