Two Austin-born and -based restaurant firms introduced out-of-state restaurant openings and expansions this month.
First, Hai Hospitality — the mother or father firm of Japanese restaurant Uchi, and so forth. — is opening one other Uchi in Scottsdale, Arizona in late 2023. There are additionally plans to open Uchiko in Plano, Texas in 2023; Uchiko in Denver, Colorado in 2024, and Uchiko in Miami Seaside, Florida in 2024. There’s already an Uchi in Miami Seaside, and plans for Uchi in Los Angeles.
McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality (MML) — the mother or father firm of many Austin eating places equivalent to Jeffrey’s and Sammie’s — took over the longtime family-run Louis Swiss Bakery in Aspen. The corporate will function in partnership with proprietor Jill Soffer (who truly purchased the bakery in June 2021) as of December 2022. MML bakery and pastry chef Jennifer Tucket will oversee the baking facets. This sounds much like what MML did with Austin’s Swedish Hill Bakery née Sweetish Hill Bakery. MML additionally operates a location of its seafood restaurant Clark’s and Mexican restaurant Las Montanas in Aspen.
Celebs love Uchi
Actors and couple Alison Brie and Dave Franco talked about how a lot they loved a meal at Uchi this week whereas making an look on Fox 7 this morning. Franco mentioned it was “one of many best meals we’ve had in a really very long time.”
H-E-B seafood trick
Do you know that, should you purchase seafood at H-E-B, you may get it steamed and seasoned free of charge? This off-menu secret was revealed by TikTok consumer @Lucystylezz.
Austin culinary college students can practice at a longtime restaurant
Mexican restaurant Fonda San Miguel is sponsoring a scholarship program at Austin Neighborhood Faculty’s culinary arts division in honor of co-founder and chef Miguel Ravago, who died in 2017, as reported by CultureMap Austin. Proprietor and co-founder Tom Gilliland gave ACC $10,000 for the scholarship, which additionally provides its recipients the chance to coach within the restaurant kitchen and be mentored by Fonda cooks Carlos Monroy and Blanca Zesati.
Wanna date a chef?
Austin chef Saine Wong, who runs the counter at Eater Austin Award-winning restaurant Toshokan, is one in all Austin Month-to-month’s most eligible singles of 2023.
Central East Austin bookstore and wine bar Classic is quickly closing this week for renovations. It’ll be closed from Tuesday, January 31 via Tuesday, February 7.
Central Texas meals award nominees
A number of Central Texas meals merchandise and drinks made the finalist listing of the Good Meals Awards this 12 months. This contains Beerburg Brewing’s Yaupon Roggenbier and Vista Brewing’s Hive Thoughts collaboration honey ale within the beer class; Madhu Chocolate’s saffron milk within the chocolate class; Better Items Roasting’s Sumatra Ribang Gayo pure within the espresso class; and the Meteor’s !El Meteoro! Sauces, the tremendous inexperienced cremosa and the Pablo’s smoky rojo, are within the pantry class. The winners will probably be introduced in April.
Monitoring Austin openings
Oregon-based cafe chain Dutch Bros. Espresso opened its second Austin location at 9605 Menchaca Street in far south Austin in mid-January, as reported by Neighborhood Affect.
Former Crimson River music venue/bar Crimson Eyed Fly/Sidewinder is now a brand new membership bar referred to as the Reduce, as reported by Chronicle.
New brewery tour firm in Central Texas
Northeast-based brewery tour firm chain Metropolis Brews Tour is opening its Austin location this week. The primary excursions begin on Wednesday, February 1, and taking part breweries embody Independence Brewing, Household Enterprise, Beerburg, and Celis. The Austin chapter is being run by Jeff St. Andre, who went on a tour in New York and wished to open one in his hometown. There are two tour choices, the Sip of Austin and the Authentic Brew, every comes with tastings.
Monitoring Austin restaurant occasions
The Wine and Meals Basis is internet hosting its common Massive Reds and Bubbles occasion subsequent month. There will probably be a complete wine and food-tasting setup with wine pours and bites from Austin eating places. It advantages nonprofit City Roots and takes place on Thursday, February 9 on the Truthful Market from 7 to 9:30 p.m. VIP tickets are already offered out, however common admission tickets are $150 for members and $190 for non-members.
The Texas Hill Nation Wineries is internet hosting one other passport occasion the place folks should purchase a passport permitting entry to free wine tastings and bottle reductions all through the wine area. The Wine Lovers Passport Occasion runs from Monday, January 30 via Thursday, February 24. Two tickets are $100 and particular person tickets are $65.