A360blast: openings, closings and coming soon
¦ Open: Swift's Attic, the much-anticipated restaurant at 315 Congress Ave. from the powerhouse team of Mat Clouser (M2, Rabbit + Hat supper club), Zack Northcutt (Mulberry, Haddington's) and pastry chef Callie Speer (Parkside) is opening Monday, but all this week, they've been hosting a soft opening featuring small plates of some of their dishes. 482-8200, swiftsattic.com
¦ Open: Mel's Meals, the ready-to-go meal delivery and pick-up company opened its third location at 1208 N. Interstate 35 in Round Rock. They will host a grand-opening celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. April 25 with live music and cocktails. 512-383-5194, melsmealsaustin.com.
¦ Reopen: The Belmont. After closing suddenly last year, new owners took over the location at 305 W. Sixth St. and reopened it just before South by Southwest. The renovated space is now a music venue and bar, and though the owners plan to add some food eventually, it will not be the focus. thebelmontaustin.com
¦ Open: Schlotzsky's, 8300 FM 620 North at Four Points.
¦ Open: Blenders and Bowls, a cafe inside Wanderlust Live yoga studio at 206 E. Fourth St. serving juice and açaí bowls. 805-453-4524, blendersandbowls.com.
¦ Closed, for remodeling and management change: Jeffrey's, the venerable Clarksville restaurant closed April 14 for a few months while Larry McGuire's team renovates the inside and he nails down a new menu. 477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com.
¦ Closed, for renovations: Popular South Austin pizza joint Mercury Pizza has closed temporarily for renovations and updates, including a new patio, according to Blake Moffitt, head of culinary operations. Mercury Pizza is located catty-cornered from Black Sheep Lodge and Cindie's Lingerie at 2107 Kinney Ave., near the intersection of Lamar Boulevard and Oltorf Street. Moffitt, who worked as chef de cuisine at 34th Street Cafe in 2008 and 2009, oversees the menu and management of the small house that is putting out some of Austin's best (and biggest) pies. Mercury, which also serves hot submarine sandwiches and calzones, closed shortly after Easter, and Moffitt says he hopes to have the place reopened by late May. Once updates are complete, Mercury Pizza will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. In addition to his role at Mercury, Moffitt owns Blake's on 6th, a sandwich and salad spot that also serves breakfast, located at 1221 W. Sixth St., and produces cheese and caters under the moniker Artisanal Elevated Goods.
UPCOMING FOOD AND WINE EVENTS
¦ Satay, 3202 W. Anderson Lane, is hosting a traditional Thai New Year dinner Friday and Saturday that will feature a number of off-menu dishes from owner Foo Swasdee. The dinners start at 6 p.m. and cost $29.95 per person. Call 467-6731 for reservations.
¦ Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas is hosting a two-day fundraiser Friday and Sunday that starts with a wild game dinner at the Hyatt Regency Austin Downtown on Friday night and continues on Saturday with a clay shoot at the Dahlstrom Ranch in Buda. The Shooting Stars Wild Game Dinner Austin Clay Shoot will feature special guests Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer and KASE 101's Bama Brown. Tickets to the dinner ($75) and information about participating in the shoot at austinshootingstars.com.
¦ Stiles Switch BBQ is hosting a washer tournament and block party starting at 1 p.m. Saturday with three bands, including Lucas Hudgins and the First Cousins, food and kid activities. Registration for the washer tournament ($30 a team) starts at 11 a.m. stilesswitchbbq.com
¦ You can support local businesses and the environment as a part of this year's third annual Give 5% to Mother Earth campaign. More than 120 local businesses, including dozens of restaurants, will donate 5 percent of their sales Saturday to the Hill Country Conservancy, Tree Folks, Texas Land Conservancy, Clean Water Fund, Sierra Club and Friends of Barton Springs Pool. You can find a list of participating vendors at AustinGive5.com.
¦ Whole Foods Market's Do Something Reel Film Festival starts with a screening of "The Apple Pushers" at 5 p.m. Sunday, which is Earth Day, at the Alamo Slaughter. Proceeds from each $25 ticket will benefit the Sustainable Food Center. dosomethingreel.eventbrite.com.
¦ The League Kitchen and Tavern, 1310 FM 620 in Lakeway, is hosting a five-course Dinner of The Decades at 7 p.m. Tuesday to raise money for Maggie's Hope, a local nonprofit that helps families with autistic children. Each course will feature a dish that invokes a decade of the first half of the 20th century. Menu and tickets ($75) at 263-3279 or leaguelakeway.com.
¦ At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fonda San Miguel, 2330 W. North Loop Blvd., is hosting a South African wine dinner that will pair four courses of Fonda classics such as lobster mango ceviche and venison in mole amarillo with wines from importer Cape Classics. Reservations ($75 per person) at 459-4121. FondaSanMiguel.com.
¦ The Austin Food & Wine Alliance, the beneficiary of the Austin Food & Wine Festival, is unofficially kicking off the food-filled weekend with its own event April 26. The Live Fire! event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Salt Lick Bar-B-Que Pavilion and will feature a number of chefs from Austin, Naomi Pomeroy and Adam Sappington of Portland, Ore., and San Antonio's Jason Dady cooking over fire pits. Tickets ($75) include food, wine, spirits and beer samples. austinfoodwinealliance.org.
¦ To raise money for the HOPE Farmers Market, the Homegrown Revival is hosting a supper club dinner at 7 p.m. April 29 at 414 Waller St., the home of the farmers market. Using vegetables from Johnson's Backyard Garden, chef Sonya Cote's dinner will revolve around the theme "Salt Seeks Pepper." Tickets ($65) at thehomegrownrevival.com.
¦ Eleven Plates & Wine announced last week that it had hired a new head chef: California native Joe Anguiano, formerly of Uchi, who has worked at a number of high-end restaurants in New York and Spain.
Additional material from staff writer Matthew Odam.