San Francisco shop Midnite Bagel is currently slinging bagels in January at Zilker neighborhood hotel the Loren. The month-long menu includes bagels in flavors such as plain, everything, buckwheat-black sesame, and cinnamon-raisin paired with cream cheeses like jalapeno, plain, and scallion. There are also open-face sandwiches such as one with smoked salmon and another with vegetables like onions and sprouts. Then there are the bakery’s breads (buckwheat black sesame, pumpernickel), and baked goods and snacks like granola, buckwheat banana muffins, and everything cookies.
Midnite founder Nick Beitcher had worked at essential San Francisco bakery Tartine and then started the shop in pop-up form in 2018. He opened a short-lived physical bakery and now sells bagels out of its commissary kitchen and at farmers market stands.
Midnite Bagel’s Austin pop-up started on Monday, January 1, and will run through Wednesday, January 31. Its hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until everything is sold out, daily. This is part of the hotel’s pop-up series, where restaurants and chefs are taking over its cafe for month-long residencies. It kicked off with New York City bakery Milk Bar in December 2023. A portion of the pop-up’s proceeds will go to the hotel’s nonprofit Loren Roots Imperative, which involves offsetting carbon footprints.
Raising minimum wage petition
Staffers of Austin cafe mini-chain Jo’s Coffee are petitioning their employer, Bunkhouse Management, to increase their minimum wages. Currently, employees earn the bare minimum federal and Texas-level wage, which is $7.25 per hour, and the staffers are seeking an increase to $10 per hour, to keep up with inflation and increasing costs in the city. Bunkhouse oversees hotels in Texas, California, Kentucky, and Mexico, including Austin’s Carpenter Hotel, Hotel Magdalena, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, and Austin Motel.
Tracking Austin closures
It seems as though East Austin bar Lucky’s closed sometime in October 2023. Its Instagram account notes that it’s “permanently closed.” The 1050 East 11th Street bar opened in January 2023; previously the address was home to the Italian restaurant Sagra, which closed in 2016.
Austin Vietnamese restaurant Pho Thaison is going to be closing down its Vietnamese food truck Pho Craft in East Austin this month. Its last day of service at 3307 Oak Springs Drive will be on Sunday, January 28 with a party. The family is closing the truck because they were informed that they’d “no longer have [their] current space,” per the Instagram announcement, which includes an elaborate two-level treehouse-esque dine-in setup.
Seeking bar historic zoning
Tracking Austin food events
Magazine publication Garden & Gun is hosting a Charleston-themed dinner with celebrated Southern chef Vivian Howard in Austin this month. The event — dubbed A Lowcountry Supper — will include a multiple-course meal by the chef, as well as whiskey cocktails and wines, plus a live performance by Mel Washington. The dinner takes place at Quince on Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $300.
The City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability and nonprofit Planted Society, and the Better Food Foundation tagged a bunch of local restaurants to offer vegan food specials throughout January. This is part of the Plant-Based for the Planet initiative highlighting the impacts of sustainable dining. This includes Cedar Park Mediterranean food truck Fez and its sweet potato and eggplant arrays and the falafel sabich; far south Austin Latin food truck Plantain Bar’s sweet plantain arepas and caramelized sweet plantain masa empanadas; and Rosedale South Indian truck Dosa Shack’s crispy avocado uttapam and uttapam sandwiches; among many others.