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New Sports Bar With Chinese and Japanese Food Opens in Northwest Austin

ZZ Top musician stopped by an Austin barbecue restaurant, plus more news

A noodle dish from Chinatown
A noodle dish from Chinatown
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.

Restaurant Switcheroo
Casual pan-Asian restaurant Street, which was found downstairs from sibling spot Chinatown on 3407 Greystone Drive, is now closed. In its place, owner Ronald Cheng opened a sports bar called Far East as of Wednesday, January 1. The counter-service bar serves cocktails (including some made with liquid nitrogen), local beers, and nitro coffee. Naturally, there is a short food menu featuring Chinese and Japanese dishes like lo mein, sesame chicken, and an array of sushi rolls. There are also 20 televisions for all the sports-viewing. The space had previously been occupied by Japanese restaurant Musashino, which moved to West Campus in 2016.

Texas Musician’s Barbecue Stop
ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons stopped by Brentwood barbecue restaurant Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew for a tour of the pit room ahead of his show at Antone’s last weekend.

Chef Dinner Series
Downtown restaurant Arlo Grey and Top Chef winner Kristen Kish are hosting collaborative prix fixe dinners this year at the Line Hotel. The first is with Los Angeles chef Brooke Williamson, who also won Top Chef in season 14 and co-owner of several California restaurants including Hudson House Bar and Playa Provisions, on Monday, January 20. Later, there’s a dinner with Olamaie chef Michael Fojtasek on Monday, February 24 and Washington, D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang, of the Line Hotel in D.C. and its two restaurants Brothers and Sisters and Spoken English, on Monday, March 30. Each dinner will feature four to five family-style courses, along with wine pairings, a glass of champagne, and dessert. The Williamson dinner is $170 and the other two are $125. Those who want to attend all three dinners can get $355 tickets.

Far East Sports Bar

3407 Greystone Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 Visit Website

Chinatown [Mopac]

3407 Greystone Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 (512) 343-9307 Visit Website

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX 78757 Visit Website

Arlo Grey

111 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78701 (512) 478-2991 Visit Website