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The Last Austin Location of Brick Oven Is Closing in November

Red River music venue Empire Control Room is holding a three-day fundraiser this weekend, plus more news

A pie from Brick Oven
A pie from Brick Oven
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Pizza Restaurant Closure
Austin pizzeria Brick Oven is closing its last remaining location in the city. The last day for the Arboretum location at 10710 Research Boulevard, Suite 310 will be on Monday, November 30, for dine-in and takeout services.

The shutter is happening because its neighbor, H-E-B, is expanding into the address, “leaving us with no other option but to close,” as the email newsletter reads from Joe Morales, Donnie Johnson, and Stan and Debbie Adams. They noted that they’re looking to potentially reopen the restaurant in a new location too. “COVID-19 rocked the city of Austin and the restaurant world,” the email continues, “but we had 38+ years of patrons lining up to support us and keep us going.”

Brick Oven first opened in 1982 on Red River, followed by the Arboretum location in 1989, and then the West 35th Street location in 2000 (under franchise owner Jay McBride). The Red River restaurant closed this past March, and McBride turned the West 35th Street location into a new Italian restaurant over the summer.

Austin Venue Fundraiser
Red River music venue Empire Control Room & Garage is hosting an in-person fundraising event this weekend as part of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)’s Save Our Stages Music Festival. The event — which will include performances by Brittany Howard, The Roots, Miley Cyrus, Dave Matthews, among others — will be livestreamed in the venue’s outdoor area. Table reservations and access to a dance area can be made online, and all of the ticket sales will go towards helping Empire reopen safely. Social distancing and masks are required for the event. It runs from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. Empire owner Stephen Sternschein is also a board member of NIVA.

Documentary Series on Reopening Austin Restaurants Is Back
Reopen, the digital documentary series chronicling the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Austin restaurants, is already back with its second season. This time, it’ll feature Franklin Barbecue (for its premiere episode), Baby Greens, ATX Cocina, Seoulju, Kemuri Tatsu-ya, and a restaurant out in Washington, D.C. It will be available now as of Tuesday, October 13.

Asian Noodle Shop Delivery Service Goes Monthly
Frozen Asian noodle soup service Chop Chop has turned into a new monthly membership delivery service called Club Mian. After launching Chop Chop in May, Co-founders Eugene Lin and Steve Har, along with Hailey Zhou, halted the business in June because it had been consistently sold out, leading to a long waiting list. So the team decided to turn it into a monthly service with memberships, because it made more financial sense. Now, people can join for regular deliveries of a wider-range of frozen noodle soups, from curry udon to kimchi ramen to monthly specials, plus access to add-ons and other experiences.

Austin’s Grocery Store History
Austin 360 took a deeper look at the city’s supermarket and grocery store history over the past ten years, chronicled in a timeline (H-E-B’s and Whole Foods’s expansions, the city’s first Trader Joe’s and H-Mart), what food shopping in the 1800s looked like, a deeper history of Central Market and H-E-B, and mini-profiles of area international markets (Asahi Imports to Quality Halal Market).

Celebrity Donation
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon donated $15,000 to downtown comedy theater and coffee shop the Hideout Theatre, as reported by KVUE. Co-owner Kareem Badr said that “the money’s great, but it’s not going to make or break us, but it definitely helps,” and noted that the amount is about 20 percent of the back rent that the club owes to its landlord.

Election Day Hand Sanitizer
Anheuser-Busch and its southwest Texas distributor Silver Eagle Beverage gave Texas a whole bunch of hand sanitizer for the election. The company delivered 39 hand sanitizer pallets to the Texas Division of Emergency Management last week. The hand sanitizer is meant to be used at polling locations throughout the state during early voting and Election Day.

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