New spirits wizardry at the Alamo Drafthouse, a food court recovery at Highland Mall, and more food news
Now for a lightning round of local restaurant news: Stewart Scruggs and Mark Paul last week announced the upcoming opening of their new BC Tavern (11715 Bee Caves Rd.) in the former Zoot space. It will feature comfort food done well and a full bar Monday through Saturday evenings... Shawn Cirkiel's the backspace (507 San Jacinto) has added a daily happy hour until 6:30pm with half-price antipasti, beer, and wine... I've recently heard from some brave entrepreneurs who opened new eateries in the Highland Mall food court (6001 Airport) of all places. ACC Culinary alums Annette Rhode and Carson Nunez are the proud owners of a new made-from-scratch pizza joint called Sauced. Also look for authentic Peruvian food from Susana Osorio at La Chaparrita while you're there... Trace at the W Hotel (200 Lavaca) has reopened after the falling glass mishap, and its previously announced bargain Social Interactive Playtime menu will now debut in the Living Room bar on Monday, July 18, 3-6:30pm... Carlos Rivero's El Chile Restaurant Group has repurposed one of its outlets to create the new El Alma (1025 Barton Springs Rd.). The fun, casual El Alma will be under the direction of working partners General Manager Israel Prado (also beverage director) and Executive Chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas. Mexico City native Alcocer-Thomas describes the cuisine as "the foods that I like – fun, casual food I grew up eating." Her approachable take on Interior Mexican food should be very enjoyable with one of Prado's signature cocktails on El Alma's inviting rooftop patio and a spectacular view of Downtown.
Austin filmmaker Christian Remde's Twelve Films Project includes a documentary on award-winning chef Bryce Gilmore and his use of 100% local ingredients at the Odd Duck Farm to Trailer (www.vimeo.com/24363443). See "That Time of the Month," Screens, to read more about Remde and his films.