Free Beers & Vaccines
Marble Falls brewery Save the World Brewing Co. is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this weekend. Those who receive the free vaccine shot will get a free pint of beer. It takes place on Saturday, May 15 from noon to 5 p.m., and appointments aren’t necessary. The brewery is located at 1510 Resource Parkway.
Another Vaccination Clinic at an Austin Bar
Far South Austin bar and lounge the Far Out is also hosting a vaccination event this weekend. The event will focus on distributing 2,000 Pfizer shots, and it’s open to people 16 years and older. Appointments can be made (currently, only 1:45 p.m. is available), the site is accepting walk-ins. It takes place on Saturday, May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Austin’s Best Of
The Chronicle’s Best of Austin issue published this week. The critics’ picks in the food section include Sugar Mama’s new doughnut shop Lola’s Donuts, Filipino-Vietnamese truck Fil N’ Viet, San Antonio-based vegan restaurant Project Pollo, and others. Readers’ choice winners include Crema Bakery’s pastry chef Jessica Forkner, vegan and established restaurant Bouldin Creek Cafe, and others.
Baked Goods for Mental Health Awareness
The Central Texas chapter of the organization National Awareness on Mental Health is running the Depressed Cake Shop again this May, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Participating bakeries will offer themed items to encourage conversations about mental health. In the Austin area, this includes Wells Branch spot Dream Bakery, vegan and gluten-free bakery Zucchini Kill, South Austin shop Confituras, among others. It runs through Monday, May 31.
Yelp’s Top Texas Restaurants
Yelp released its list of the top 100 restaurants in the state for the year. Number one is San Antonio restaurant Comfort Cafe. The highest Austin is El Pasoan-Jewish restaurant Jewboy Burgers at number seven. The list was determined by the number of reviews as well as ratings dated from January 2016 to April 16, 2021.
Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Opening
Fast-casual chain restaurant Hawaiian Bros. opened its first physical restaurant in Kyle, Texas earlier this week at 20471 I-35 as of May 11. The menu focuses on Hawaiian lunch plates with dishes such as huli huli chicken, luau pig, spam musubi, macaroni salad, and Dole soft serve. Co-founders and brothers Cameron and Tyler McNei opened the restaurant in Kansas City in 2018. The company has been operating in Texas as a ghost kitchen business since 2020.
Juice Chain Expansion
California-based juice chain Pressed Juicery opened a second Austin location. The new store is located on 4800 Burnet Road, Suite 410 in the Rosedale neighborhood as of May 13. The menu includes cold-pressed juices, shots, smoothies, vegan soft serve, acai bowls, and more. The company opened its first Austin shop in the Domain last year.
New Beer Design
San Antonio-based Pearl Beer has a new thin can for its Pearl xXx brew which debuted last year, designed by Austin creative agency Guerilla Suit. Parent company Pearl Brewing Company also launched a website in conjunction with the Texas Food & Wine Alliance. Fine Times will highlight different restaurants, bars, and related people around Texas each month