Dallas expansions and Austin retractions
As more successful Austin restaurants expand into the Dallas market, one of their most trusted local purveyors is expanding right with them. Homegrown companies like Snap Kitchen and Tacodeli are accustomed to exemplary service from Farm to Table, a distributor of locally grown produce, grass-fed meats, and pastured eggs and dairy. Founder John Lash's relationships with Central Texas farmers and ranchers make it possible for him to distribute their goods to over 200 restaurants and seven school districts in Austin and surrounding areas. In preparation for this next expansion, Lash has been busy getting to know growers in North Texas and developing a warehouse facility and staff in Dallas to service restaurants such as Nonna, CBD Provisions, FT33, Bolsa, and Blind Butcher.
Speaking of expansion, Matt Shook's JuiceLand juggernaut has opened 10 stores in the past three years and now employs more than 200 people in 16 outlets. Shook's newest shop at 4526 West Gate services Southwest Austin with the same quick online ordering system. The shop is stocked with an array of fresh juices and smoothies, an ever-expanding line of vegan and gluten-free prepared foods, as well as a complete grab-and-go cleanse program.
Chef and owner Jesse Griffiths advises us the last component of Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club (2406 Manor Rd.) is finally in place this week, with the completion of the dining patio and a fully functional outdoor kitchen and grill behind the restaurant. The shaded area comes complete with misters and provides seating for 20 guests. Griffiths says the patio hosted its first private party this week and will be utilized for private parties, beer and wine dinners, and other small supper club events, as well as extra seating for the eatery.
Everyone from farmers' market managers to club owners to restaurateurs has the same story to tell about the financial damage done by nine weekends of rain in May and June. Carla Jenkins says vendors in the eagerly awaited new Texas Farmers' Market at the Domain have had a very difficult time building sales there after opening with nine rainy Sundays. Brass House (115 San Jacinto) co-owner Jason White says that even though he's learned a lot about running a leaner operation this spring, the loss of nine weekends of sales made it impossible for him to pay the $18,000 a month rent on his two Downtown spaces. In addition, all three Austin outlets of Z'Tejas Grill filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, citing rent as one of their outstanding debts.
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