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Restaurant Matriarch Janie Martinez Dies at 90
Food at Matt's El Rancho was based on her family recipes
"...Janie Martinez, matriarch of one of Austin's best loved restaurant dynasties, passed away Saturday, June 1, at the age..."

June 4, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Mixed Drinks To-Go Sales Allowed in Texas
Gov. Abbott extends waiver in hopes of providing relief for businesses during pandemic
"...again closed bars to slow the resurgence of COVID-19, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued a new statutory waiver approved..."

July 3, 2020 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

Can TABC Really Lift a Restaurant’s License Over COVID Rules? It’s Complicated.
The experts weigh in on the challenges for both sides
"...The ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the recent return to..."

Aug. 18, 2021 News Post by Jessi Cape

Restaurant Flashbacks From the Frisco Shop
Last vestige of Nighthawk chain serves comfort food and memories
" 1953 as a diner offshoot of the Nighthawk Restaurants of innovative restaurateur and former local mayor Harry Akin...."

May 29, 2013 Food Post by Mick Vann

TRIO at the Four Seasons
Along with a name change, TRIO at the Four Seasons on Lady Bird Lake has reinvented itself in ambience, decor, menu, and wine list
"...the lake changed in name only, the hotel's flagship restaurant has thoroughly reinvented itself – ambience, decor, menu, and..."

Dec. 21, 2007 Food Review by MM Pack

Two-Wheeled Texas
Bikers' best bets on the highways and byways
"...Detour Bar & Grill Live music, Corvette Club, karaoke, Texas Hold ‘Em, and of course, Bike Night – so..."

June 13, 2008 Features Feature by Angela Armstrong

Gabriel Russ Receives $5000 Scholarship
Round Rock youth to pursue degree at Texas Tech
"...The Greater Austin Restaurant Association chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association presented Round..."

July 16, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

Hoover's Cooking Receives TRA Honor
Hoover Alexander, Alvin Walker named Restaurateurs of the Year
"...The Texas Restaurant Association held their annual Marketplace Convention in Dallas..."

July 2, 2015 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

It's a Wage Shortage – Not a Labor Shortage – and It Disproportionately Affects Women and Persons of Color
It's a complicated economic situation, but one easy solution is increasing pay for restaurant workers
"...If you type "restaurant workers" into any search engine, the revved up reckoning..."

May 28, 2021 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

Day Trips & Beyond: August Travel Updates
The latest on safe travel during the pandemic
"...The Texas Medical Association doesn’t directly address the dangers of going..."

Aug. 6, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Update: Ken Paxton Sues Austin Over New Year's Weekend Dine-In Limitations
Texas A.G. blasts COVID-19 orders as “shameless”
"...Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued Austin and Travis..."

Dec. 30, 2020 News Post by Beth Sullivan

Don't Ash, Don't Tell
The city’s smoking ordinance is rather lax in bars and restaurants, but hardly anyone’s complaining
"...five-year-old smoking ordinance. A nonsmoker and owner of Vic's Restaurant, Zuliani has been fighting the smoking ban since the..."

Oct. 8, 1999 News Feature by Mike Jasper

A Shared Vision
MM Pack reports on the combination of generosity and hard work that built the Institute of Hospitality & Culinary Arts at Travis High School.
" by I.T. Gonzalez; stone and concrete products by Texas Building Products; and concrete work by Juan Rangel &..."

Oct. 11, 2002 Food Feature by MM Pack

On The Lege
Knocking Out Hate
"...knockout. Loralei Gilliam, executive director of the American Family Association of Texas, was in a hearing room at the..."

March 19, 1999 News Column

Foie Gras Foe Foiled!
Police nab suspect in foie gras vandalism mystery
" connection with a vandalism incident at a Downtown restaurant that sells foie gras, a rich but controversial liver..."

Sept. 14, 2007 News Feature by Amy Smith

Are Austin Restaurants Too Small To Fail?
No, they’ll fail – unless they get the support they need
"...of friends, neighbors, and colleagues who work in the restaurant and bar industry need our help,” the AFWA honchos..."

March 23, 2020 Food Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Selling Pre-Packaged Foods Could Qualify Some Austin Bars to Reopen as Restaurants
"Creative things will happen" as Austin remains in Stage 3 phase
"...nightclub owner Bob Woody. Both the bars reopened as restaurants in late August...."

Aug. 29, 2020 Food Post by Kevin Curtin

How to Raise Worker Wages
Organize, arrive, persist, persist, persist
"...has little political traction in the U.S., and in Texas in particular. Business interests have waged a lengthy battle..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Jack Craver

Huzzahs for local restaurateurs, plus comings and goings
"...a bad way to spend the weekend... When the Texas Restaurant Association holds the President's Gala at their annual..."

June 13, 2014 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

The Flight of the Night Bird
Harry Akin opened for business on Christmas Eve, 1932, selling hamburgers for 15 cents apiece. Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood reveals how Akin turned his hamburger stand into Austin's former restaurant empire.
"...of how he'd founded the very successful Night Hawk restaurant chain had passed into local legend. In the nearly..."

Jan. 26, 2001 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

"...of the newest member of Reed Clemons' San Gabriel Restaurant Group takes this place this week with an opening..."

April 10, 1998 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Where There's a Bill...
New Legislation Poses a (Not So) Minor Threat
"...a law," says Rebecca Herron, legislative aid to the Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, which Sen...."

Jan. 31, 1997 Music Feature by Andy Langer

What will Formula One's impact be on the local hospitality industry?
"...Last Thursday afternoon, the Austin chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association hosted an information seminar at Carmelo's with..."

Oct. 19, 2012 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Weird, Spooky, and Rich
David Dewhurst runs against everybody but money.
"...scuttlebutt that the majority of the members of the Texas Senate -- including a raft of Republicans with whom..."

Oct. 18, 2002 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Yes, Texas chileheads, your favorite time of year has arrived! Cuisines Editor Virginia B. Wood has the scoop on festival regulars and the upcoming chile activities in town.
"...Yes, Texas chileheads, your favorite time of year has arrived! This..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

"...breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the participating restaurants (see the ad on page 45 in this issue..."

Oct. 2, 1998 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Austin's culinary community rocks the Pies & Pigs fundraiser
"...newest kosher food trailer, located on the patio at Texas Hillel (2105 San Antonio) in West Campus...."

June 22, 2012 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Austin loses a leading foodie, at least for a while; plus, the French rule
"...member of the board of directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and founding member of the local..."

July 14, 2006 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

¡Más Comida!
Austin's newest restaurants are making 'mi casa es su casa' a way of life, one menu at a time
"...well-known for the caliber and sheer number of Mexican restaurants located in the city. According to Texas Restaurant Association..."

July 19, 2002 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Last Minute Valentines
"...Lots of hot little bits this week, folks. The Texas Restaurant Association (472-3666) joined businesses all over the country..."

Feb. 12, 1999 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

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