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Tex-Mex Restaurant Trudy’s Gets $300,000+ Loan to Pay Its Employees

Austinites compete in a food truck show, plus more news

The migas chimichanga at Trudy’s
The migas chimichanga at Trudy’s

Trudy’s Post-Bankruptcy Loan
Austin restaurant Trudy’s Tex-Mex received a $332,108.15 loan in order to pay backpay to its employees after filing for bankruptcy in January, as reported by KVUE, as ordered by a judge. The news channel also reported that Austin restaurant El Arroyo (most notable for its quippy signs on West Fifth) will help Trudy’s in an advisory capacity. Trudy’s filed for bankruptcy after it was revealed that the restaurant mini-chain (three locations in Austin, plus South Congress Cafe) owed$130,000 in taxes plus debts around $4M. The restaurant’s attorney, Steve Sather, told the Austin Business Journal that the owners are preparing to sell the businesses.

Austin Food Truck Show
An Austin team is competing on Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast. While there is no evidence of the truck actually serving in Austin, Team Bachelor Kitchen is run by brothers Stephan Nicklow and John Nicklow, with Billy Jenney. The first episode, which takes place in Los Angeles, airs on Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m.

Austin Construction Potentially Affects Bars
If approved, a potential East Austin development, the Centro, consisting of a five-story building complex, could be built on East Sixth Street around historic Tex-Mex restaurant Cisco’s and honky-tonk bar the White Horse.

Then, down on Rainey Street, if another potential development, a 53-story building, is approved, both the Container Bar and Bungalow would have to go. The Historic Landmark Commission is decided this month whether the bars are worthy of a historic designation in order to save at least one of the establishments, according to KXAN.

Taco Dinner in New York
Austin-born taco chain Tacodeli is going to the James Beard House in New York City the spring. Co-founder and chef Roberto Espinosa and the restaurant team will throw a taco party featuring dishes like chile relleno made with quail chorizo, octopus tostadas, and scallop taquitos. The dinner will take place on Thursday, April 16. Tickets are $100 for James Beard Foundation members and $125 for everyone else.

West Texas Newspaper’s Cafe
West Texas newspaper The Big Bend Sentinel opened a restaurant and bar within its office space in Marfa last year, under new owners Maisie Crow and Max Kabat, called The Sentinel.

Cider-Wine Collaboration
Austin Eastciders teamed up with Texas wineries William Chris and Spicewood Vineyards and created a red wine barrel-aged cider. The beverage has been aged for nine months in French oak barrels from the wineries. It’s available at the cidery’s taproom on Springdale Road.

Trudy's Texas Star

409 West 30th Street, , TX 78705 (512) 477-2935 Visit Website


1902 Washington Avenue, , TX 77007 (713) 357-7770 Visit Website

The White Horse

500 Comal Street, , TX 78702 (512) 553-6756 Visit Website

El Arroyo

1624 West 5th Street, , TX 78703 (512) 474-1222 Visit Website

The Container Bar

90 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 494-4120 Visit Website


407 Main Street, , TX 77002 (713) 393-7868 Visit Website

Austin Eastciders Collaboratory

979 Springdale Road, , TX 78702 (512) 538-0126 Visit Website

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