Black Star Co-op, Suerte's Este Pop-Ups, Swoop House, and – WTF, Conan's?
All the news that's fit to get your taste buds quivering
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
4:00PM, Tue. Aug. 11, 2020
Here’s your weekly Food News Buffet, culled from numerous PR releases, official posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdroppings.
So many cheers for ten years of beers, as the Black Star Co-op celebrates their first (and surely not their last) decade in business. The community-owned endeavor’s brought beer after beer after beer to our parched urbanscape since 2010, not to mention offering a fine array of noms to pair with those quality-crafted quaffs, and this weekend finally brings the pandemic-delayed celebration, featuring new collaborations like Black Is Beautiful (with Weathered Souls Brewing), Can’t Quit You V (with Blue Owl Brewing), and others made with Barrett’s Coffee, Srsly Chocolate, and more. They’ll release those brews on Saturday (Aug. 15), just in time for you to stock up and attend the “Virtual 10th Anniversary Prost!” online on Sunday at 2pm.
Hey – the Peached Tortilla, right? And how they were going to debut their new Fat City Stacks food truck of delicious sliders and so on at the Yard Bar last weekend? Well, they did, to much fanfare – but note that the opening was delayed a few hours because some desperate motherfucker (we’re guessing that last part) broke into Yard Bar earlier and heisted some stuff. Nothing too devastating, and the damages were minimal, but … daaaamn, people. If you’ve gotta break into a place, can’t you make it some stupid national chain instead of a doggo-friendly local fave?
You likely know that the renowned Suerte is set to open Este, a Mexican seafood restaurant, in 2021, in the former Eastside Cafe premises. But they won’t keep that space (or us) waiting for culinary goodness ’til then: While the transformation is underway, Sam Hellman-Mass and team are welcoming chef Max Snyder of Rogue Radish, chef Grae Nonas of Le Cowboy, and Ben McBride of Heritage Seafood Market onto the property for three unique pop-up concepts. Nonas’ Le Cowboy, already open (Mon.-Fri., 5-11pm) as you read this, is a modern-day spaghetti Western-inspired restaurant starring Italian classics like ricotta tortelloni, braised Romano beans, chicory salad, and more. And the other two foodmongers are coming soon.
It’s no secret that the Roosevelt Room is one of the smoothest and most expertise-stocked watering holes in this city. Nor is it clandestine information that cocktails to-go are a big new trend in these home-sheltering times. So you may already be getting your potent imbibables direct from that acclaimed joint – seven days a week, with pick-up between noon-8 pm and delivery between 4-8 pm. Well, newsflash: The Roosevelt is unleashing an all-night happy hour on Mondays and Tuesdays, offering 20% off on all cocktails for to-go and delivery. Note: You want to pre-order for those days, check their website on Sundays for the discount code.
We did promise “IRL eavesdroppings” in here, right? Thus did we learn, while attending the bountiful, lipsmacking delight of an outdoors-in-the-shade Sunday brunch at Swoop House, that we’ll be able to enjoy the likes of that meal’s pork carnitas entree again elsewhere. Because – as 2Dine4 Catering’s head honcho Stephen Shallcross vouchsafed – in addition to the Happy Foods high-end grocery station they’ve got going in their storied House on Gonzalez Street, 2Dine4 will be opening a new place (De Nada Tacos) next to their popular Sawyer & Co. diner sometime in the near … well, he didn’t say exactly when – but we’ll keep you posted.
And, for all you oenophiles, the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas has rolled out a sweet flotilla of new membership benefits, so now might be a good time to look into that … and sweetgreen, the “seasonal restaurant with the mission of connecting people to real food,” opens its first Austin location (1007 S. Congress) on Wed., Aug 12 … but, yeah, in the realm that partakes more of sorrow, perennial pre-pandemic meet-up joint and coffee bastion Austin Java has had to close three of their Austin area cafes, leaving only the one on Menchaca in operation (and damned glad to see you) … and the Chronicle’s recent Pie Fighters champeen Conan’s Pizza is going to permanently shutter their location on Stassney – unless that venue can be rescued by pizza fan and Austin-native-with-a-marketing-background Jeremy Shirk (who’s set up a Go Fund Me for just that reason).Okay? Okay. Now hang in there, citizen – this trip ain't over yet!