Texas Comptroller Reviewing Ben & Jerry’s over Palestine Views
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is considering a blacklist for Ben & Jerry’s over the ice cream makers’ recent decision to cease sales in Israel-occupied Palestinian territories, as reported by Dallas Morning News. Hegar would institute the ban via Chapter 808 of the Texas Government Code, which prohibits the state from giving contracts to companies that boycott or otherwise economically penalize Israel or “an Israeli-controlled territory.” Chapter 808 became law in 2017, and thus far only nine companies have been listed under it.
Spicy Boys Opens Third Trailer at Fairweather Cider
Fried chicken specialists Spicy Boys opened their second trailer at Fairweather Cider this week. The new trailer will have the same menu of fried chicken sandwiches, chicken and cauliflower wings, and curry, as well as a new dessert: makrut lime leaf cheesecake. The Fairweather location will be open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Spicy Boys, which comes from the same team as St. Elmo Brewing’s Soursop, opened at Zilker Brewing in 2019, and was a finalist for Eater Austin’s Best New Food Truck that year.
Franklin Barbecue’s Annual Break
Central East Austin barbecue spot Franklin is going on its yearly break starting at the end of the month. It will be closed from Monday, July 26 through Thursday, August 5.
Texas Winery William Chris Expands Vineyard
Hye winery William Chris bought Hoover Valley Vineyard in Burnet, Texas earlier this month. This purchase adds 55 acres of vineyard acreage within the Texas Hill Country to William Chris’s portfolio — before the purchase, William Chris managed 28.5 acres across three estate vineyards. William Chris will keep existing operations employees on staff to tend to the 13 varieties of grapes on the property. There are also plans for a new tasting room onsite, to open in 2022.
50 Years of Posse East
Campus-adjacent bar Posse East is celebrating its 50th birthday on Saturday, July 24. The bar will have food and beer specials, giveaways, and a charity raffle between 2 and 7 p.m. Posse East was opened in 1971 by a chemical engineering student at U.T.