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Texas Coffee Shop Selling ‘Fiesta Baby Yoda’ Medals for Charity

Plus, Native Hostel’s expansion, and more news

A baby yoda wearing a colorful sombrero sipping a coffee cup with merit written on it with a forest background
Fiesta Baby Yoda medal from Merit Coffee
Merit Coffee/Facebook
Erin Russell is associate editor of Eater Austin, a native Austinite, and a big fan of carbs.

Fiesta Baby Yoda Medals
San Antonio-based coffee shop Merit Coffee has created medals of Baby Yoda wearing a sombrero and drinking from a Merit mug — all in the name of charity. Merit Coffee creative manager Justin Frey told the Houston Chronicle that he was inspired by memes. The medals will be available at San Antonio shops (unfortunately, not the Austin ones) and online in March for $10. Proceeds will go to Snack Pak 4 Kids SA, an organization that supplies chronically hungry children in public schools with weekend food supplements.

Good Food Award Winners
The 2020 Good Food Awards were announced, and two Austin-area products were among the 219 nationwide winners. Interestingly, both were from alcohol brands: Driftwood’s Vista Brewing won an award for its Stonewall Belgian Lambic-Style Ale with Texas Peaches while Treaty Oak Distilling in Dripping Springs won for its Ghost Hill Bourbon. Still Austin Whiskey Co. won an award last year for its Rye Gin, along with Barrel Creek Provisions (for pickles), Epic Provisions (for two kinds of jerky), and The Art of Pecan (for pecan oil).

Native Hostel Expands to Denver
East side’s Native Hostel is starting its expansion plans with the purchase of a historic building in Denver, Colorado in the Five Points area. It’s slated to open in 2021, according to an article in Business Den. The hostel is also considering expansions in San Diego, Nashville, and Aspen.

Vista Brewing

13551 Ranch to Market Road 150, , TX 78619 (512) 766-1842 Visit Website

Merit Coffee

4228 Oak Lawn Avenue, , TX 75219 (469) 759-6221 Visit Website

Native Hostel and Bar & Kitchen

807 East 4th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 551-9947 Visit Website

Treaty Oak Distillery

16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 (512) 599-0335