New American restaurant Oasthouse opens in South Austin
Co-owners and chef brothers Amir Hajimaleki and Ali Hajimaleki opened the second location of their new American restaurant Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar in South Austin on Wednesday, December 15 at 5701 West Slaughter Lane. It shares a space with Hajimaleki’s other new restaurant, Keepers Coastal Kitchen, specializing in seafood, which opened in July. On the deck, the same menu as the original Northwest Restaurant, which means steaks, pastas, salads, and sausages (although there is no brunch at the moment). The two restaurants have taken over the former North by Northwest brewery space. The hours are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Sunday to Wednesday, then from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday; take out orders are available.
Under the aegis of the Hajimalekis brothers are also the new American restaurant District Kitchen (with two locations) and the Shortie’s pizzeria / sandwich shop. Next comes the Persian restaurant Roya, which does not yet have a fixed address.
Downtown club temporarily closes out of COVID-19 precaution
As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19 and the omicron variant, downtown Cheer Up Charlie’s bar and club has decided to temporarily close for 14 days starting Thursday, December 16. According to the Instagram post, co-owners Tamara Hoover and Maggie Lea have decided to temporarily close and avoid operating a crowded bar so they can keep their customers safe and can reopen with a new air filtration system. to help lessen the spread of the virus.
They’ve canceled concerts and events, but still pay each artist and will re-rent everything at a later date. To help support staff during the temporary shutdown, the bar shared its Venmo account so people can send donations for the team. The plan is to reopen after Sunday, December 26 to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Travis County’s COVID figures do not indicate an increase at this time.
Austin nonprofit announces culinary grant winners
The winners of the Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s annual grant program were recently announced. The eight winners are the sauce company Connie’s Jo’s All Purposes Sauces to help with development, label design and website (owner Connie Jo Kirk received two grants); Multicultural Coalition for Refugees non-profit; Cultured Carrot Avocado Oil and Fermented Food Company; Dripping Springs Bakery Abby Jane Bakeshop; the juice company Jeany’s Caribbean Elixirs; gardening and cooking organization Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability; Ninja Pig Farmer’s Market booth; and educational farm Barking Dog Farm. The non-profit organization provided a total of $ 37,000 in grants. This year’s honorable mention was the non-profit Good Apple fruit and vegetable delivery.
Impossible Foods opens delivery restaurant in Austin
In early December, plant-based food company Impossible Foods opened several new delivery restaurants in Texas, including two in Austin. The Impossible Shop menu features the brand’s burgers, sandwiches, sausages, nuggets and breakfast burritos. Everything is available through third-party delivery services DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Postmates. All food will actually be prepared in the stores of the Californian restaurant chain Dog Haus. There are two locations in Austin: one at 8023 Burnet Road in Wooten and the other at 5610 North I-35 in North Loop. Other cities in Texas include San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.