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Another Lamar Union Restaurant Closes for Now

Austin restaurant and dessert pop-up whips up decadent ‘Harry Potter’ milkshake, plus more news

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Pizza and a cocktail from Connection Pizza
Connection Pizza/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.

Another (Temporary) Lamar Union Shutter
That Italian pizzeria and restaurant that took over Vox Table’s old Lamar Union slot, The Connection Pizza & Bar, is now temporarily closed because of renovations, according to its Instagram account. The restaurant, which opened in February, is from co-owner Mohit Mehra and chef Jennifer Coffman, had operated another Lamar Union spot, market-restaurant Arista Rosso, which closed without any word during the summer.

Harry Potter Milkshake
Asian-Southern restaurant The Peached Tortilla and pop-up decadent sweets shop Honeysuckle Teatime are creating a Harry Potter-themed milkshake. The Honeysuckle Heads to Hogwarts Mega Shake is a butterbeer-chai flavored milkshake with Bertie Bott’s jelly beans, topped with an entire chocolate frog, a potions test tube, and a cupcake. It’s available as part of the Allandale restaurant’s Shakes, Burgers, and Bubbles brunch which is taking place on Sunday, September 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Honeysuckle’s Sara Lauren Hinojosa is making the Austin rounds before she heads to New York in the fall.

A milkshake in a glass mug topped with a purple meringue, green chocolate frog, and a cupcake
Honeysuckle Heads to Hogwarts Mega Shake from Peached Tortilla and Honeysuckle Teatime
Hunter Townsend

Torchy’s Wants to Offer House-Made Tortillas
Quickly growing Austin-based restaurant chain Torchy’s Tacos wants to open 100 new restaurants within the next five years, according to Austin Business Journal. Currently, there are 65 locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arkansas. New locations are planned for Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. The restaurant chain is also experimenting with actually making house-made tortillas currently available at the Mueller and Lakeway locations, which could become the standard across the board.

National Bar Competition
Three Austin bartenders are competing in the Most Imaginative Bartender Competition hosted by Bombay Sapphire Gin this fall. This includes Here Nor There’s Terance Robson and Nikolas Zoylinos and Suerte’s Alexis Mijares. They’ll compete in the central regional finals on Monday, September 16 in Nashville, where four people will be selected to move onto the national competition.

The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 330-4439 Visit Website

Torchy's Tacos

1822 South Congress Avenue, , TX 78704 (512) 916-9025 Visit Website

Here Nor There

612 Brazos Street, , TX 78701 (512) 949-7995 Visit Website

The Connection Pizza & Bar

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704 (512) 284-9867 Visit Website

Lamar Union

1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78704


1800 East 6th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 522-3031 Visit Website