Maiko Sushi Lounge to be Demolished for BBVA Tower
Plans for the construction of what will become Austin’s second tallest building, the BBVA Tower, were approved earlier this month — which means Maiko Sushi Lounge, which has occupied 311 West Sixth since 2005, will have to close or relocate. The building was built in 1927 (and has housed a number of restaurants), but was not eligible for protection from the Texas Historical Commission as it has been modified over the years. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, construction was estimated to begin towards the end of this year, but Maiko posted on Facebook that demolition won’t happen until “at least next year.” No word yet on the sushi lounge’s future plans.
Fresh Produce Delivery Via...Bus
In an effort to get food to people who need it and keep drivers employed, Capital Metro has partnered with Farmshare Austin to deliver baskets of vegetables, as reported by the Austin American-Statesman. Those in need can sign up at Farmshare’s website, and the program accepts SNAP benefits. This is the latest benefit to a bustling program: the city’s transit authority is already working with Texas grocery store H-E-B and the Central Texas Food Bank to delivery groceries. So far, it has delivered 180,000 meals and 200 20-pound baskets of produce.
Gourdough’s Files for Bankruptcy Protection in San Antonio
The lone Gourdough’s location in San Antonio has filed for bankruptcy protection, as reported by the San Antonio Business Journal. The doughnut shop, which occupies prime real estate on the River Walk, reported between $1 million and $10 million in liabilities. There are no filings related to the Austin locations at this time.
Martha Stewart’s Food Network Show Will Feature Austin Chef
Local chef Kela Hunte will appear on “Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart,” which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on the Food Network. Hunte has an at-home baking business, Keii Desserts, and manages the kitchen at the private Christian school Regents School of Austin. She will compete against five other amateur bakers, all mentored by Martha Stewart, for a cash prize.
Update: 11:54 a.m. - This article has been updated to clarify that the BBVA tower will be Austin’s second tallest building and clarified the timeline for demolition.