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Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings allow businesses to reorganize their finances and attempt to continue operations. The strategy doesn't always work out (witness the recent closing of Downtown mainstay Katz's Deli), but the fall bankruptcy filing by the founders of the homegrown Mangia pizza chain appears to have the parent company on the road to recovery, even though it caused some confusion for longtime patrons. Company founder Jeff Sayers was in touch recently with info about the parent company's reorganization, which included closing the UT campus-area outlet. Three corporate-owned and -operated Mangia locations (8012 Mesa, 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd. #300 in Round Rock, and near Gate 12 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, www.mangiapizza.com) are still in business. The Mesa store now covers the delivery area once serviced by the Guadalupe store and has recently added a beer bar with 12 taps and a bar menu, plus a weekday happy hour from 4 to 7pm. Two other Mangia outlets (2401 Lake Austin Blvd. and 12001 Burnet Rd., www.mangiaaustin.com) are operated by licensee Whalefund ILP and weren't involved in the bankruptcy procedure. Both those restaurants continue to offer dine-in, carryout, delivery, and catering services. And the good news for local deep-dish pizza lovers is that all the Mangia locations will be selling their signature heart-shaped pizzas as treats for your sweet baboo, corporate client, or deserving employee this Valentine's Day.
And while we're on the subject of heart-shaped foods, the Texas Pie Kitchen (814-7743, www.texaspiekitchen.org) is taking orders for heart-shaped pecan, German chocolate-pecan, cherry, or chocolate-hazelnut pies ($16). Place orders by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm Tuesday, Feb. 8.
Both Central Market stores encourage you to say yes to decadence during their Chocolate Festival, Feb. 9-15, with delectable chocolate samples throughout the stores and an inviting array of chocolate products that includes everything from the expected (truffles, cakes, cookies, mousses, bonbons, and bars) to the unexpected (beer and body-care products). My favorite sample from the recent media gift pack is a heavy glass milk bottle filled with Silly Cow Farms hot chocolate mix ($4.99).
All local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlets (www.coffeebeanaustin.com) are supporting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians by selling $1 wristbands between Feb. 4 and 15, good for a 10% discount on all prepared beverages during the month of February.