Austin Collaboration Pop-Ups
Pop-up Bad Larry Burger Club is running a series of collaboration events over at Rainey Street sibling spot Little Brother/Bummer Burrito every Monday in March and April. It already hosted La Barbecue’s hot dog cart this past Monday. To come are team-ups with Fairweather Cider Co. cidermaker Matt Chapman featuring smashed meatball parmesan hoagies on March 22, Suerte chef Fermín Núñez with some sort of burritos on April 5, and another with chef Amanda Turner. To-go orders can be placed in person. Plus there are some Bad Larry dates sprinkled throughout the two months with preorder links available ahead of time, on March 15, March 29, and April 12.
Bakery and Beer Garden Expansion
Bakery and beer garden Easy Tiger opened its East Seventh Street location in early February. The latest restaurant, which took over the address formerly belonging to Parkside Projects’s event space 7co and French restaurant LaV, features a big outdoor dining space, with an indoor space to come later. Pickup orders are available as well. Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and then from 7 a.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday.
Chef and Culinary Educator Fundraiser
Austin chef and culinary educator Maggie Perkins’s partner died due to COVID-19 in mid-February, along with the pandemic and the winter storm. To help her recoup her financial losses, her brother, Tom Perkins, is running a GoFundMe campaign so that she can reopen her cooking class and farm business Maggie’s Farm.
New Downtown Hotel Restaurants
New downtown hotel, the Austin Marriott Downtown, opened three new restaurants and bars last week. There’s ground-floor American restaurant Corrine (dine-in and takeout), two-story bar the Lobbyist (dine-in), and casual market Loaf + Vine (dine-in and takeout). The hotel and its dine-in rooftop bar Zanzibar opened in September 2020.
Frozen Noodle Soup Pop-Up
Austin frozen noodle soup company Chop Chop is setting up a temporary space within South Congress bougie department store Neighborhood Goods and its on-site restaurant Prim and Proper. Chop’s Neighborhood Noodle Stand slate will highlight its vegan options, from the tom yum to kimchi ramen. It’ll be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 18 and 25, and April 1 for pickup or dine-in services, with preorders available online. The noodle soup company is also donating half of the pop-up profits to the Central Texas Food Bank.
California Chain Expansion
California restaurant chain Vitality Bowls is looking to open in Austin, as part of its expansion plans. The health-food chain focuses on made-to-order açaí bowls, smoothies, juices, soups, salads, and paninis. Co-founders Roy and Tara Gilad started the company in 2011 in California and began franchising the company in 2014.
Update, Friday, March 12, 8:30 a.m.: This article, originally published on Thursday, March 11, has been updated to clarify the chef behind the hoagie pop-up with Bad Larry’s.