Barbecue Restaurant House Park Bar-B-Que will reopen in fall 2022

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After the House Park Bar-B-Que barbecue restaurant was damaged by fire in late 2020, the nearly 80-year-old business is being rebuilt, as KXAN reports. Matt Sullivan plans to reopen the Clarksville spot in the fall.

Backstreet’s back (with a burger)

Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean visited downtown bar Casino El Camino and he loved his burger during the band’s concert that night on June 13.

El Pasoan-Jewish-American-Chinese Dish Collaboration

Jewish restaurant El Pasoan JewBoy Burgers has teamed up with Chinese delivery restaurant Tso to create two specials this month. Oy Vay Guey rangoons are made with green chilli picadillo, grilled onions and a non-crab cheese blend. Rangoons are only available from Tso’s three Austin locations. Next, the Tso Rangoon burger is made with a beef patty covered in rangoon crab stuffing, wonton strips and a sweet chili sauce. The burger is only available at JewBoy Burger.

The Oy Vay Guey ranges of JewBoy and Tso.
Tso

Queso applicants apply here

The annual Quesoff queso contest is accepting applicants at this time. There are four categories – meat, spicy, vegetarian and joker – plus a prize for best of the show. Interested persons should email queso@mohawkaustin.com. The event, which benefits the Central Texas Food Bank, will take place on Saturday, October 8 at Mohawk.

Upcoming Attractions

South Austin’s Phoebe’s Diner is expanding with a third location this summer. It is located at 12001D Burnet Road in the North Burnet-Gateway area from July. The new restaurant will feature its own cocktail menu that will be different from its two other locations (also downtown), as well as a private dining room and wraparound patio with TV screens.

Texas-based Mediterranean restaurant chain Shawarma Press is opening its next new location in Georgetown. It is located at 620 South I-35, Suite 400 inside Walmart starting in April. This is the company’s fifth location in Texas, led by Dallas residents Sawsan Abublan and Dr. Ehap Sabri.

Chef’s mix

Chef Amanda McGraw joined the Austin location of the New American restaurant and Tiny Boxwoods import to Houston in May. The Southeast Texas chef had worked at the restaurant’s original Houston location outside of culinary school, as well as locations in Chicago, Salt Lake City and other Houston restaurants.

Staff reshuffling

Culinary community the Cook’s Nook has a new Director of Culinary Operations starting this month. Chef and activist Adrian Lipscombe, founder of the black farmer advocacy group 40 Acres Project & a Mule Project, will oversee Cook’s food services, including its new initiative, Mosaic Meals, an affordable meal delivery service.

Delayed opening

Alas, the opening of Chi’lantro’s new location in South Austin on Brodie Lane has been delayed. It aims to open a bit later in June.

Temporary closure of food trucks

The Daisy Coffee Co. coffee truck temporarily closed its location on Menchaca Road on June 12. There are plans to move eventually.

Austin Bar Awards

Publication Squire announced its picks for the best new bars across the country, and Austin’s Tiki bar Tatsu-ya made the cut.

Applications for the wine sector program

Wine asbl Lift Collective is launching a program to help underrepresented people in the wine industry. The Lift collective entrepreneurship program will provide money, resources and networking for six months. Applications are accepted until Sunday July 31 and selected candidates will be notified by the end of August.

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