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By Virginia B. Wood, April 7, 2006, Food

Considering the remarkable success of the Little Texas Bistro in Buda, I was very surprised when chef/owner Paul Petersen called to say he was closing up shop on April 1. It wasn't an April Fools' joke, either. Seems the cozy destination restaurant was a victim of its own success. "We've completely maxed out what we can do in this space, and we're having to turn people away every weekend," he explains. Petersen is working with an investor to bring the second incarnation of LTB into Austin sometime later in the year... Gelato maker par excellence Matt Lee is busy with his second shop. The new Tèo (500 Canyon Ridge Rd., 293-4306), is located inside the HEB at Tech Ridge and offers all the same wonderful gelatos, sorbettos, and a full menu of authentic Italian coffee drinks plus panini and bomboloni. There's even a convenient drive-through lane for gelato and espresso on the go... Michael Terrazas and the Starlite folks are currently transforming the former 7 location into their second restaurant concept. Look for the Woodland (1716 S. Congress), a contemporary American bar and grill, to debut in early summer with longtime Starlite sous chef John Wolfe on the range. We should also have news about what's happening with the original Starlite space on 34th Street any second now... During the month of April, each time guests at either Z'Tejas Grill (1110 W. Sixth, 478-5355; 9400 Arboretum Blvd., 346-3506) order the special Green Chile Pork Enchiladas, 50% of the purchase price goes to the Sustainable Food Center. The second bit of news is that Z'Tejas chefs will be presenting cooking demonstrations at the SFC's Downtown Farmers' Market (Fourth & Guadalupe) on April 15 and 22... Only seconds after the cast of MTV's The Real World moved out of their downtown Austin building, work crews stepped in to turn it into a restaurant. The Rio Grande (301 San Jacinto, 476-8300) is the first Texas outlet of a successful Colorado-based Mexican food chain founded by Texans Andre and Stephen Mouton and Pat McGaughran. The new eatery serves lunch and dinner, has a full bar and comfy patio, and offers valet parking... Just a few blocks to the west, the second location of Jo's Hot Coffee (242 W. Second, 469-9003) is a welcome addition to the Second Street District. They are currently open from 7am-9pm but expect to add later hours soon. Start the day with an array of pastries, coffee drinks, and breakfast tacos, or drop in for lunch or dinner, during which the menu features sandwiches, salads, burgers, and a few hot plates served with beer and wine. In true Austin fashion, Jo's is also booking some live music.

Event Menu :: April 6-13

Has the sweeping desert majesty of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia ever made you curious about Bedouin cuisine? Check out Alamo Drafthouse chef John Bullington's menu customed to the classic film, a leisurely six-course Bedouin and Egyptian feast for $50. Make reservations online at; Thursday, April 6, 7pm.

Participants won't have to worry about spilling their beer while navigating the course at the Choose Austin First Food Fest & 0.2K Run at Austin's Historic Farmer's Market (6701 Burnet Rd.). A large group of independent Austin businesses will set up booths around the market, and "runners" can complete the course sampling food and checking out brochures and products. Live Oak beer will be for sale; there will be live music and entertainment for the kids. Tickets are $10, and children younger than 12 get in free. A portion of the proceeds benefit the SIMS Foundation. Register online at or at the gate; Sunday, April 9, 2-6pm.

Representatives of Phillips Union Distilling are in Austin pouring samples of their smooth new blend of Kentucky bourbon and Canadian whiskey at different restaurants, bars, and liquor stores daily through April 15. For a complete list of dates and locations, go to

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