I love seeing the kind of camradarie it takes to pull off a multi-venue fundraiser like The House that Bars Built. Throughout the month of August, The Mean Eyed Cat, Rattle Inn, Star Bar, Lavaca Street Bar, the Gibson and the Dogwoo will donate a portion of proceeds on various nights of service to Habitat for Humanity, and in September, some of the employees will work together on said house.
Speaking of alcohol sales, the X Games helped push Circuit of the Americas to the top of the county's list for alcohol sales in June. COTA had the third highest sales in the state last month, behind Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and San Antonio’s AT&T Center, according to this story from Gary Dinges, our resident alcohol sales tracker. (Odd Duck landed fifth on that list, but follow-up calls to the restaurant indicate that the $350,000 figure might not be accurate.)
Another alcohol story from earlier this month that I failed to mention: Twin Liquors is facing a potential $500,000 fine in connection to an investigation earlier this year.
Our lead in yesterday's food section was about Celtic Seafare, the Dripping Springs-based cured salmon company that also hosts a lively Friday evening supper club.
More than 500 customers at the Chipotle in Sunset Valley had their credit card information swiped by an employee whom police have charged with a first-degree felony.
Humor columnist John Kelso is always on the hunt for crazed barbecue fans. Last weekend, he found one who lives in Toronto and goes to great lengths to get Central Texas-style 'cue.
In tomorrow's Austin360, Matthew Odam rounds up 14 refreshing dishes he's had at local restaurants this summer, including proscuitto-wrapped melon at Josephine House, larb sake at Titaya's, cold noodles at Chen Z and the shrimp fajitas at Polvo's.
A recent Lake Travis High School graduate and server at the Oasis died in a car accident on the way to her first semester at college last week.
St. Philip, the soon-to-open pizzeria and bakery in Sunset Valley, will debut some of its baked goods at Saturday's Sustainable Food Center's Farmers' Market in Sunset Valley. Philip Speer will be hosting a liquid nitrogen ice cream demonstration at 11 a.m.
If you're looking for more food fun this weekend, don't forget about Metier Cook's Supply's grand opening on Sunday. Also, In.gredients, 2610 Manor Road, is hosting its second anniversary party from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday with food from Tiny Pies, Third Coast Coffee, Happy Hemp and Hopper Bars, as well as a special anniversary brew from Hops & Grain. Live music, a petting zoo and live screen printing, too. Free admission.