Fareground Announces Level Up Bar

Fareground, managed by ELM Restaurant Group, announced today that construction will begin on Level Up, the bar located on the highly-visible street level corner of 2nd St. and Congress Ave. Designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the opening of Level Up allows the team to engage customers all the way from the street to the plaza and into the Food Hall and will feature crafted cocktails and curated food items from Fareground vendors.

Fareground additionally announced that Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is set to depart on December 31, 2018. Antonelli’s plans to focus on the retail aspect of their business. Fans are still able to visit their Hyde Park location located at 4220 Duval St. The space currently occupied by Antonelli’s already has a new tenant confirmed, which ELM plans to announce soon.


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Velvet Taco’s Blood Orange Sage Kick Ass Margarita

Velvet Taco, the funky, fast-casual restaurant known for creating tacos with international flavors, introduces the Blood Orange Sage Kick Ass Margarita, available December 17, 2018 through January 6, 2019.  The Blood Orange Sage Kick Ass Margarita begins with Velvet Taco’s original Kick Ass Margarita, that’s then topped with a seasonal, homemade blood orange sage puree, and garnished with a fried sage leaf. The new margarita will be available all day, every day, in addition to the restaurants original Kick-Ass Margarita. Both beverages are made in-house daily using fresh fruit.  Please visit www.velvettaco.com to find a location near you!


Wedding Oak Winery to Relocate Tasting Room in Fredericksburg

Wedding Oak Winery is relocating its tasting room in Fredericksburg, Texas. In preparation for the move, the winery has ended its lease with Wildseed Farms and will close its tasting room at that location. The last day of operations for the Wedding Oak Winery at Wildseed Farm will be December 31, 2018.  With its primary winemaking operations in San Saba, Texas, Wedding Oak Winery is committed to making it easy for people to find and purchase its wines with additional retail wine operations. Our new 8,500 square foot hospitality complex in Burnet, TX, will be open in Spring 2019. Once permitted, the new Fredericksburg tasting room on U.S. Route 290 will also open in Spring 2019.


Pluckers to Host Holiday Lunch for River City Youth Foundation

Pluckers Wing Bar is excited to announce that they will spread holiday cheer by providing lunch for families from the River City Youth Foundation at the Pluckers Rio Grande location this Christmas Eve.  As in years past, employees from the Rio Grande, South Lamar, and The Linc locations will donate holiday gifts for children.



Walton’s Holiday Foodie Finds, Sweets + Treats

Tis the season for holiday cookies, gingerbread, specialty cakes and yule logs!  Walton’s has something for every sweet tooth!  New winter holiday menu items are now available from Walton’s Holidays To-Go catering! In addition to our thyme-rubbed airline turkey breast, try our beef tenderloin or bone-in sliced ham!  Pair with green beans almandine, mashed herb & garlic sweet potatoes, or cranberry, apple & pecan cornbread stuffing and finish it up with one of our signature sweetie pies, spice bundt cake or cherry-topped cheesecake!


Cookbook Bar + Cafe Launches Happy Hour

Cookbook Bar + Cafe in the Austin Central Library has officially launched Happy Hour, available Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy live music with Aubrey Hayes every Friday starting at 5 p.m.  The full happy hour menu includes $3 Local Cans, $4 House Wine, $5 Tito’s Cocktails, $4 Snacks (and complimentary fried chickpeas with a snack purchase).


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Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill Announces Closure

ATX Brands announced today it will be closing its final Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill location at 214 E. 6th Street, in Austin, Texas, and reopening as BBG’s on Thursday, December 27. The new concept, BBG’s, will serve as an elevated sports bar and kitchen, centered in the heart of downtown Austin on famous 6th Street.  Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill invites you to celebrate the end of an era with them during the last 12 Days of Bikinis starting now through December 23.


Urban Roots Approved for Second Farm in Southeast Austin

Austin City Council has unanimously approved a long-term lease arrangement for Urban Roots to develop an additional farm site in southeast Austin.  This wouldn’t be possible without Mayor Steve Adler, the entire City Council, and especially Council Member Delia Garza for her leadership and for welcoming the youth-led farm into District 2.  Over the coming months, Urban Roots will dig right into southeast Austin by conducting thoughtful, youth-led community engagement to cultivate neighborhood relationships and learn how the new farm site can meaningfully serve community interests and needs.


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Gather ‘Round Anthem’s Pupu Platters this Holiday Season

Rainey Street’s newest, Tex-Asian hot spot, Anthem, is excited to announce the addition of Pupu Party Platters, joining their menu on December 17th. Defined as an assortment of American Chinese or Hawaiian appetizers, the varietal Pupu Platters at Anthem further add to the concept’s convivial dining experience.  Catch up with friends and family this holiday season over one of three different platters available. Serving four to six people each, Anthem’s Pupu Party Platters have a little something for everyone.



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