News of the new and of the old; plus, a recipe you'll want to hold on to

News of the New

Congratulations to Paul and Beth Petersen, owners of Little Texas Bistro (214 N. Main in Buda, 312-5828) on the birth of their daughter Ella, who arrived last week at 8 lbs., 1 oz., and 21 inches long. Kudos are also in order for chef Ryan Sampson, for being made a partner in the new Enoteca Vespaio (1612 S. Congress) set to open later this summer. The late spring brought an onslaught of business openings and new outlets to established ones. Longtime Austin hotel concierge Tony Ingargiola has a new venture, riding the current wave of tea popularity with Chado Tea Market (3663 Bee Caves Rd. Ste. 4-D, 306-0224), a new West Lake shop that carries 70 varieties of tea and a lovely selection of tea accessories... Pronto Italiano (3620 RR 620 S., 263-7404, is the new quick casual lake-area eatery from the same folks who own Hill Country Pasta House (3519 RR 620 N., 266-9445)... Up in Pflugerville, look for Minerva Indian & Asian Market (3407 Wells Branch Pkwy. #775, 246-1400), a new ethnic market with products from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and more... The newest English-style public house in town is Sherlock's Baker St. Pub and Grill (9012 Research, 380-9443, a chain outfit that offers English pub grub along with burgers and tacos, also darts and live entertainment... The "Wurst" barbecue in Texas is available in the Four Corners area near Lake Travis now that Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q (7709 FM 620 N., 250-8002) has opened a fourth location near that busy intersection... Pizza lovers in the Gracy Farms neighborhood are pleased about the recent opening of the newest Mangia Pizza (12001 Burnet Rd., 832-5550), where they can get Mangia pizza, pasta, beer, and more.

News of the Old

1975 was a very good year in Austin. It brought us a real French bakery in Sweetish Hill, the original County Line Bar-B-Q in an old gamblers' road house, the challenging innovation of Fonda San Miguel restaurant, and the first location of the Cedar Door bar, a couple blocks west of the Capitol. Each of these storied businesses has grown and changed over the years, but none of them has racked up mileage like the Cedar Door, (Second & Brazos, 473-3712,, a determined watering hole that has survived four changes of location in 30 years. Current owners Steve and Heather Potts invite all former and current customers to help them celebrate the "Day of the Door" on Thursday, May 26, with live music, drink and appetizer specials, and commemorative martini shakers and T-shirts. Drop by for a famous Mexican Martini and toast the Door.

Cedar Door's Original Mexican Martini Recipe

In a 16-oz. shaker full of ice, combine:

1.5 oz. Sauza Gold Tequila

1.5 oz. Hiram Walker Triple Sec

Finish with freshly squeezed lime juice, a splash of orange juice, and sweet and sour.

Shake well and serve in a champagne glass with a salted rim, garnished with three olives on a sword pick and a lime wedge.

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