Tapas and wine bar Winebelly opened softly last week and will have its grand opening Thursday. The restaurant, helmed by chef Buulinh Liu, is located at 519 W. Oltorf St. in the space once occupied by coffee house The Green Muse. In addition to their wine selection, the restaurant, which is owned by the Tran family that owns Vietnamese restaurant Hai Ky, offers a menu of bar snacks (cured white anchovies and crispy pig ears), charcuterie (chicken liver mousse and pork rillettes), and a host of tapas (charred summer vegetables, roasted octopus, brick chicken, lamb ribs and more). Winebelly is open from 3 p.m. to midnight. In related news, the 2000 Guadalupe St. location of Hai Ky has closed. The Oltorf, Bee Cave and Spicewood Springs locations remain open.
School House Pub opened at 2207 Manor Rd. The new project from the owners of Mi Madre’s has a large draft beer selection and specialty cocktail menu and serves pub grub such as burgers, macaroni and cheese and fried deviled eggs with chorizo. School is in session 3 p.m.-midnight, Monday through Friday and until 1 a.m. on Saturday.
Lake Travis staple Carlos’ ’N Charlie’s will close after Labor Day weekend. The restaurant says the ongoing drought conditions have taken a huge bite out of their business. They will serve food and drinks through Sunday, with live music from Rat Ranch. Beginning Monday at 2 p.m., the restaurant that has been in business for 20 years will host an auction to sell off remaining service wear and memorabilia.
Thai Kitchen at 3437 Bee Cave Rd. closes its doors Saturday after 20 years of business. The restaurant owned by the Seneewongs family still operates a location at 3009 Guadalupe St. near the University of Texas.