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Testing One's Mettle
Will Bridget Dunlap's new restaurant shine or tarnish on the Eastside?
Food Review  August 9, 2013, by Melanie Haupt
"...Bridget Dunlap, the Queen of Rainey Street, has ventured out of the Downtown entertainment district to stake her claim in the Eastside with Mettle, which seeks to define East Austin dining under the leadership of the impeccably credentialed chef Andrew Francisco (Vespaio, Olivia)...."

Tests of Mettle in Austin Hip-hop
Stop passive-aggressive and aggressively-passive mediocrity
DAILY Music  March 3, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...I hope that rappers will begin to draw swords. Tests of mettle are the next step in the evolution...."

You Gotta Have the Mettle
Legendary Texas doc 'Hands on a Hard Body' keeps on truckin'
Screens Story  April 19, 2013, by Leah Churner
"...... You gotta have the mettle..."

Heavy Mettle
Fact of Life
News Story  March 25, 1999, by Mike Clark-Madison


Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Fat rent-a-cops are just naturally funny, right? Comedian Kevin James snags his first onscreen solo lead with this merry mall mayhem.
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Film Review  January 23, 2009, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Give the character a goofy name like Blart and a dopey-looking mustache, and what more does a movie need to do to hit a home run? The film provides James with ample opportunity for knockabout physical humor, at which the comedian appears reasonably adept yet hardly capable of the surprising gracefulness of a fat comic master such as Jackie Gleason. The plot has Blart proving his mettle when robbers hijack the mall and he becomes the city cops' eyes and ears on the inside..."

Any Given Sunday
Stone's tale of a professional football team is full of excess, machismo, and a ripped-out eyeball.
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Film Review  December 24, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Lots of 'em. Any Given Sunday is Stone's Guy Epic, though if you're prone to less violent tests of a man's sporting mettle -- say, soccer -- you may come out of this wondering if you've been shorted in the testosterone department..."

Mulan
Ink flows, graceful as a winding river, etching title credits onto a cinematic expanse of parchment. The credits fade, and out of the mist a great wall looms, perched severely,...
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Film Review  June 19, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...And bloom she does, not a fragile hothouse blossom in a cultivated garden, but a strong and hardy wildflower in a cold and dangerous wasteland. As lovely and evocative as the scenes of Mulan's girlhood are, the film's action sequences where she proves her mettle are a visual feast of truly great proportions..."

Germinal
Set amidst the coal-mining French countryside of the 19th century, Berri's adaptation of the Emile Zola novel is a sprawling, lengthy (158 minutes), and thoroughly grim quasi-epic that tackles everything...
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Film Review  June 3, 1994, by Marc Savlov
"...Etienne, meanwhile, has become enamored with the idea of forming a workers collective, like the one recently created in Great Britain. Slowly, patiently, he sells his fellow miners on the notion and the descision to strike is made, a descision that will test the mettle of not only the Maheu clan, but also the miners and their bosses as well..."

So Much Beginning Where Sixth Street Ends
The arts-heavy complex at 507 Calles defines creative synergy
Arts Story  July 26, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If you're impressed by the sculpture suspended from the main dining room's ceiling at Mettle, Bridget Dunlap's new restaurant in the southwest corner of the refurbished warehouse complex at 507 Calles, you could walk across the wide hall to East Side Glass Studio and see what other wonders the artist Leigh Taylor Wyatt has created. You might have to scoot around a cluster of people in that art-filled gallery, though, because folks have crowded over from a beer tasting at the popular Hops & Grain Brewery just a little farther down the concrete-floored walkway..."

Synergy's Home Address: 507 Calles
July 25, 2013. 19 photos.
PHOTO GALLERY  July 24, 2013
"...Tubs of herbs ready to be harvested for Mettle..."

Chef Genealogy
Tracing culinary family trees to the roots of four local mentors
DAILY Food  September 16, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Andrew Francisco - formerly EC at Mettle, now co-owner of Aqua Crisps, a snack food company..."

Food-o-File
Mettle GM Daniel Brooks stakes a new claim at Papi Tino's old stomping ground
Food Column  January 17, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Longtime San Antonio and Austin hospitality professional Daniel Brooks (Vespaio, Mettle) has left his position as general manager at Mettle to begin creating Licha's Cantina (1306 E. Sixth) in the cottage that was formerly home to Papi Tino's..."

Mirai
Delightful anime explores growing up from a kid's viewpoint
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Film Review  November 30, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...Kun’s immediate reaction is goggle-eyed wonder at the arrival of his baby sister, but “firstborn syndrome” soon sets in as he realizes tiny, helpless Mirai is now his parents’ primary focus of attention. The little boy’s increasingly worrying paroxysms of sulky petulance test mom and dad’s parental mettle, especially after she returns to her (presumably) corporate day job and he commences working from home, keeping house and caring for the kids...."

The Luv Doc: Soberingly Preggo
Pot, like most drugs, is pretty fucking wonderful when used recreationally
Columns  April 20, 2017, by The Luv Doc
"...Truthfully you never know what it takes to sober someone up. He'll have several months to prove his mettle, and if he doesn't, your conscience is clear...."

The Take-Out
Food Column  January 7, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...Despite the abruptness, I don't think any of the shutters this year really shocked anyone. Of the latest batch, Congress was always a "mean to" dining spot, laV was plagued by high-profile personnel trouble, and Mettle never spent much time lurking on best-of lists..."

Food-o-File
New life at the old Tamale House
Food Column  October 23, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Carson Symmonds is now executive chef at Mettle (507 Calles), and his new fall menu is taking the kitchen in a new culinary direction with the addition of some international dishes. In addition, Bridget Dunlap's casual bistro has designated Mondays from 8pm until midnight as Service Industry Night, with 25% discounts on beer, wine, and cocktails, and a special happy hour menu...."

Food-o-File
An all-you-can-eat buffet of local food news
Food Column  July 17, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Mettle (507 Calles) celebrates their first anniversary with the unveiling of a new summer menu and a special happy hour on Thursday, July 17, from 6-8pm...."

Food Issue Extra Helpings: My Relationship as a Google Doc
Foodie favorites find an OCD home
DAILY Chronolog  February 10, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...We've had a pretty ridiculous amount of success with this system, with only one outright dud to date. But my favorite section of The List? That's the Fancy category, where we tuck the Quis and Mettles and Uchis of the world..."

The Austin Review's Launch Party Is GO
New indie journal releases itself with a night of readings & noms
DAILY Books  January 10, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...We heard that Mettle was among those catering the soirée!..."

Vespaio Is Still Buzzin' After All These Years
SoCo mainstay celebrates 15th anniversary tonight
DAILY Food  October 2, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Another interesting aspect of the Vespaio operation is that it has been a learning opportunity and proving ground for some of Austin’s best young culinary talent. Names of some Vespaio alums you might recognize are the following: Andrew Francisco, executive chef at Mettle; Jesse Griffiths, chef/owner Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club; Jason Dodge, executive chef at Pesche; Matt Clouser, executive chef at Swift’s Attic; Zach Davis, chef at Lambert’s; pastry chef Barrie Cullinan, owner of Amity Bakery; Daniel Brooks, general manager at Mettle; Brenton Childs, general production manager of Eastside Pies: Tom Micklethwait of Micklethwait Craft Meats: Sebastien Bonneau of Countryside Farm; Janelle Reynolds, Austin’s newest Chopped champion and co-owner of @tlarge personal chef service; Olivier Calmut of Justine's and Susan Shields and Nathan Baumann, owners of DiLux Catering. [image-5] [image-6] [image-7] [image-8]..."

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