Austin Bar Shutter
Dive Bar & Lounge, the nine-year-old bar found in the northwestern area of downtown Austin on 1703 Guadalupe Stree, is now closed permanently. The bar had temporarily closed in mid-March, along with most businesses in Austin, and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help support its staff. It reopened in April for just takeout orders, with cocktail kits and then food from truck El Guajillo ATX. The bar reopened for drink-in service in late May, while continuing its to-go program, but then closed again in late June due to the latest executive order.
Pastry Chef Instagram Takeover
Tavel Bristol-Joseph, Austin pastry chef and partner of Emmer & Rye, Hestia/Kalimotxo, Henbit, and TLV, did an Instagram-takeover of Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi’s account for a day this week. He stopped by the restaurants, showed off his desserts (including his famous monster cookies) as well as the bread and pasta productions, recorded a podcast, played with his dog, and ended with takeout dinner from TLV at home with his kids.
Meal fundraiser Hundred for Hospitality raised $15,000 for local restaurants, and served 4,000 meals in 40 days, according to one of the co-organizers, Jane Ko.