Reopen: Sagra Austin, the Italian restaurant that lost its lease downtown last year has reopened at 1050 E. 11th St. serving many of the same dishes from chef/owner Gabriel Pellegrini. 535-5988, sagraaustin.net
Opening Saturday: Salt Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria, the brick-and-mortar meat store and restaurant at 1912 E Seventh St. from Ben Runkle and Bryan Butler, who have been running a charcuterie business out of a commercial kitchen near Niederwald for several years now. In addition to fresh cuts of sustainably raised beef, pork, lamb and chicken, Runkle and Butler will also sell their cured meats, including salumi, and beer and wine. In coming weeks, they’ll add hot sandwiches and other menu s items for sit-down and to-go dining. No phone yet, saltandtime.com
Opening this week: Pieous, an artisan pizza restaurant at 12005 U.S. 290 West, the former home of Cartwright’s BBQ. Owner Josh Kaner uses a wild yeast starter that has been active for more than a decade for his breads and wood-fired pizzas, but in addition to pies, he’s also serving house-cured pastrami sandwiches, salads and an array of freshly baked desserts, including chocolate chip cookies and blueberry pie. Craft beer and wine on tap. 394-7041, facebook.com/pieous
Open: Rosewood Community Market, a market and "food hub" at 1819 Rosewood Ave. that sells fresh produce, eggs, baked goods and other items from local farmers and producers, including Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Tecolote Farm, Winfield Farms, Coyote Creek Farm, Round Rock Honey, Texas Coffee Traders and Flour Bakery. 428-4262, facebook.com/rosewoodcommunitymarket
Open: Josephine House, the newest restaurant from Larry McGuire at 1204 W. Lynn St., in a small house next to Jeffrey’s, another McGuire project that will open in coming weeks. Chef Libbey Goldberg is in charge of the frequently changing menu. For now, the restaurant is only open for lunch and "afternoon cocktails and snacks" until 5 p.m., but they’ll add dinner service soon. 477-5584, josephineofaustin.com
Open: Dock and Roll Diner, 3595 RM 620, the second location of the food trailer that specializes in sandwiches, including its popular lobster roll. 924-1766, dockandrolldiner.com.
Chef news: Jeramie Robison has been named chef de cuisine at Uchi. Robison was formerly the sous chef at the restaurant and has worked for John Tesar at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
Back in business: Taylor native John Mueller will return to smoking some of the best meat in the state later this month when he unveils the John Mueller Meat Co on Feb. 20 at 2500 E. Sixth St. Mueller’s operation, which he describes as a "traditional butcher and smokehouse," will share a parking lot with East Austin bar Kellee’s Place. Mueller customers will be able to sit outside at picnic tables with a beer from Kellee’s or take their food inside the bar to avoid the elements.
Mueller will serve the meats (beef ribs, snap-case sausage, brisket) and sides (baked squash) that made him famous. In addition to serving hot meals, Mueller will also serve as a butcher shop and artisan grocery, selling handmade sausages, seasoned meats, homemade relishes and barbecue sauces.
John Mueller Meat Co will be open from 10:30 am. until sold out Tuesday through Saturday And Mueller promises to continue his famous/infamous brand of "customer service," and some free beer from the cook during those long waits.
— Matthew Odam
UPCOMING FOOD AND WINE EVENTS Tim Bartlett, the owner and namesake of Bartlett’s restaurant at 2408 W. Anderson Lane, died last weekend, and in honor of the longtime member of the Austin food community, the restaurant staff is closing for regular business on Sunday to host a memorial service from 1 to 5 p.m. that is open to the public. Customers can find out more details and leave condolences on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and in lieu of flowers, Bartlett’s family has asked that a donation be made to Child Protective Services.Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St., is celebrating its third birthday by giving away cheese plates starting at 5 p.m. until the cheese runs out at area restaurants every day next week. The line-up for participating restaurants is Easy Tiger and FINO on Monday, Hopfields and Swift’s Attic on Tuesday, Lenoir and House Pizzeria on Wednesday, Seedling Truck (at the Draught House Pub) and Max’s Wine Dive on Thursday and East Side Show Room on Friday. For the most up-to-date listing of the free cheese giveaway, go to antonellischeese.com/calendar-events.R.L. Reeves, who writes the popular Austin food blog Scrumptious Chef, has hosted more than half a dozen pop-up dinners in recent months, and on Saturday, he’ll return to Tamale House East, 1707 E. Sixth St., for a heritage pork dinner featuring dishes including porchetta, made with a pig raised at the Eden’s Cove Farm in Cedar Creek. Doors open at 6 p.m. Details at ScrumptiousChef.com.