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Austin Vegan Cheese Shop Is Pitching to ‘Shark Tank’

Plus, Rainey Street bar Little Brother is temporarily closing, and more news

A bunch of cheeses.
Vegan cheeses from Rebel Cheese.
Rebel Cheese
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Mueller vegan cheese shop and deli Rebel Cheese will be on Shark Tank this week. Co-owners and co-founders Kirsten Maitland and Fred Zwar will appear on the show, pitching their vegan cheeses to the hosts for investment. The episode airs on Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m. To celebrate, Rebel is hosting a watch party at South Austin brewery Fast Friends Beer Co. There’s also a box special named for the show, with a variety of the cheeses that the judges tried.

Maitland and Zwar opened Rebel in 2019, with their house-made vegan cheeses, as well as vegan meats and sandwiches.

Temporary downtown bar closure

Hella fun tiny bar Little Brother is going to temporarily close on Rainey Street this month because it’s been impossible for the bar to operate with all of the construction and scaffolding happening on the changing street. Its last-day-of-service-for-now will be on Sunday, December 17. It’s also going to host an off-site farewell party on Monday, December 18 at East Austin bar the Low Down Lounge with their drinks and beers, plus food from its food truck Bummer Burrito and co-owner Matthew Bolick’s pop-up Bad Larry Burger Club, starting at 6 p.m. Bummer Burrito food truck will relocate to a location to be announced later. Little Brother’s coffee counterpart on South Congress will remain open.

Austin restaurant collaboration events

Austin food truck Cuantos Tacos is teaming up with the Eater Award-winning restaurant Ramen del Barrio on a collaboration Japanese noodle bowl. The result is the tonkotsu campechano ramen, made with the restaurant’s broth and the food truck’s suadero and longaniza, plus crunchy tortillas and more. It’ll be available on Sunday, December 17 starting at 11 a.m.

Asian Southern restaurant the Peached Tortilla and food truck Brooklyn Breakfast Shop will be hosting a collaborative brunch this weekend. Dishes include the biscuits and gravy with a Sichuan pork white gravy and biscuit; the orange chicken bun; and cocktails like the rye flip and boozeless egg creams. The proceeds will be going back to the Brooklyn Breakfast Shop, which had launched a GoFundMe campaign in October to help it stay in business.. It takes place at the Peached Tortilla in the Allandale neighborhood on Sunday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Restaurant holiday vacation

And after Ramen del Barrio’s Cuantos Tacos’s collaboration, the restaurant will be taking a holiday break from Wednesday, December 20 through Tuesday, December 26. It’ll reopen for service on Wednesday, December 27.

The Peached Tortilla

5520 Burnet Road, , TX 78756 (512) 330-4439 Visit Website

Little Brother

89 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 305-3133 Visit Website

Bummer Burrito

89 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 305-3133 Visit Website

Rebel Cheese

2200 Aldrich Street, , TX 78723 (512) 382-0048 Visit Website

Brooklyn Breakfast Shop

7800 South 1st Street, , TX 78745 (737) 293-7878

Cuantos Tacos

1108 East 12th Street, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Ramen del Barrio

1700 Farm to Market Road 734, , TX 78754 Visit Website