Open: Austin Ale House, a gastropub at 301 W. Sixth St. from the owners of Venice Ale House in Venice Beach, Calif., Tom Elliott and Spoon Singh, who is also the founder of Kona Brewing Company. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant features an "organic farm-fed menu" and bar with about 40 craft beers on tap. Chef Emilio Oliva will be in charge of the kitchen, and L.A. mixologist Ryan Brunelle is in charge of the craft cocktails. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and this week, they are hosting a number of bands in the back bar area. 480-9433, theaustinalehouse.com
Open: Flour and Vine, a restaurant at 300 S. Lamar Blvd. serving locally sourced comfort food from chef Tony Clevenger, the former Hugos chef who stayed on as the restaurant transitioned to this new concept. Another twist, from the website: "Our singing waiters thrive on creating a theatrical environment taking on a role reversal from waiter to a performer." 474-4846, flourandvine.com
Open: Pizza Delight, a pizza, sub, wings and salad restaurant at 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd. in Round Rock. 827-3300, pizzadelighttx.com
Opening next week: Taste, a food trailer at 2610 Guadalupe St. from local chefs Alejandro Duran of Malaga, Fern Sharman, and Scot Loranc of the Central Market Cooking School. 703-7703, facebook.com/TasteTheFoodTrailerAtTheLocal
Moved: Food trailers Wright Bros Dairy (522-3048, facebook.com/WrightBrosDairy) and Guac N Roll (660-0234, guacnrollaustin.com) have both landed at 414 W. Third St. for at least the duration of SXSW and possibly beyond. Wright Brothers serves a creamy soft serve with a variety of toppings, including toasted hemp seeds, and Guac N Roll specializes in out-of-the-ordinary guacamoles and salsas.
Chef change: Scott Mechura has taken the executive chef position at Mansion at Judges’ Hill.
The second annual Wimberley Civic Club chili cookoff will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lions Field Pavilion in Wimberley. Tasting tickets cost $5 a person. Live music from Simply Wright, Gypsy Moon, Arley Blankenship & Friends, Perry Raybuck, and Ken Strange and Ken Hudspeth. All proceeds go to the civic club, which supports the work of 25 area nonprofits and organizations.