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Vandals on camera, plus Dai Due nears opening day

By Virginia B. Wood, June 6, 2014, Food

After the creepy episode of vandalism captured on video at La Barbecue over the weekend, pitmaster John Lewis is offering a whole rack of beef ribs with no wait in line to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest. For more information and to view the video, go to

Jesse Griffiths is excited that the debut of the brick-and-mortar location of Dai Due (2406 Manor Rd.) is just a few weeks away. Since the butcher shop and restaurant will maintain his dedication to local sourcing, he's been busy choosing local beers and Texas wines (made from only Texas grapes), pickling like crazy to put up seasonal crops such as cucumbers for the coming year, developing recipes for seasonal sodas and aguas frescas, and choosing a team of professionals who share his vision about both food and hospitality. So far that team includes general manager Caroline Forbes, chef de cuisine Andrew MacArthur, bar manager Justin Chamberlain, maître d' Clinton Tedin, pastry chef Abby Love, and chefs Morgan Angelone and Jason Dodge.

Speaking of 2406 Manor Rd., Sugar Mama's Bakeshop owner Olivia O'Neal advises us there have been some construction delays and now it's looking as though the eagerly anticipated opening of her shop in that building could be mid-July. Jodi Elliott's Bribery project has also been delayed, but she's staying in the baking groove making wedding cakes. Contact her about that at For more immediate sweet refreshment, check out the Frozen Rickshaw (502 W. 30th), where owner Apphia Mann serves handmade mochi ice creams, sorbets, and Asian beverages in a variety of flavors, outside the Burlap Bag Tuesdays through Saturday evenings.

Owners of the new-ish SHED Barbershop & Supply (2210-H S. First) advise us they are providing local craft beer on tap and in cans as one of the many amenities for their clientele... Ashley Cheng reports that dim sum service launches this Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm at the new Chinatown (2712 Bee Caves Rd.). Look for old favorites and new dishes on the menu... Kudos to Austin's Half Step (75½ Rainey) for being nominated in the Best New American Cocktail Bar category at the Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Spirited Awards, to be handed out at the annual convention in NOLA in July... We're also pleased to note that a panel of judges from has recognized the distinctive and award-winning fries from Austin's own Hyde Park Bar & Grill (4206 Duval St.; 4521 West Gate) in a list of the "15 Best French Fries in America." We've known that for years!

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