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More tacos, less Thai food

By Virginia B. Wood, September 19, 2014, Food

Thai food lovers will be disappointed to learn that Pisit "Gene" Kobboon has lost his lease and will have to close Thai Passion (620 Congress) at the end of this month. "The landlord wants to turn this into offices. I've been getting lots of phone calls and emails from my unhappy customers all month," he told us this week. Kobbon will continue to operate his second outlet (9300 S. I-35 Ste. 140-A) at Southpark Meadows and is actively scouting locations for a new Downtown spot.

Entrepreneur Tiffany Larson recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $20,000 she needs to realize her local food truck dream of creating the Lolli Trolley – a mobile candy shop stocked with You + Me Candy, a wide assortment of lollipops, and retro goodies such as Zots, Necco Wafers, and Big Hunks. Larson has already secured a spot in this year's Trail of Lights festival in December and needs the investment to purchase, outfit, and stock her truck.

Elaine's Pork & Pie (2113 Manor Rd.) has added some new menu items along with happy hour specials and later hours. Enjoy happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 3-6pm with bargains on wine, beer, and light cocktails such as bellinis, mimosas, and lemosas. The shop will now stay open until 9:30pm Tuesday through Thursday as well as Sunday, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Nearby El Sapo (1900 Manor Rd.) has scheduled a series of weekly Tailgate Fiestas to coincide with UT games this fall. Drop by the convenient spot to enjoy games on the big flat screen, along with happy hour prices on appetizers and drinks such as the Burnt Orange margarita with chile mango horns.

Murph Willcott reports that work has begun on creating a landscaped outdoor dining garden with covered seating at Texas French Bread (2900 Rio Grande) which he hopes to complete just in time for the advent of consistently cooler weather.

Burnet Road will soon have a couple of new taco vendors with this week's opening of Uchi alum chef Casey Fannin's Fork & Taco (4801 Burnet Rd.) and the reborn Taco Flats (5520 Burnet Rd.) later this fall.

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