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Restaurant openings, closings and coming soon

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Open: El Naranjo. When Oaxacan chef Iliana de la Vega and her husband, Ernesto Torrealba, opened El Naranjo trailer two years ago, they knew that eventually they'd open a full-fledged restaurant in the house at 85 Rainey St., tucked in the Rainey Street neighborhood downtown. Austinites got a taste of her tacos, empanadas, moles, guacamole and molotes and knew why it was such a big deal that the Latin American Cuisines specialist at the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio had decided to plant her restaurant in Austin, not in the Alamo City. After much renovation on the building, de la Vega and Torrealba have opened El Naranjo, which means "the orange tree," for dinner and late-night drinks and botanas, or snacks. 474-2776, elnaranjo-restaurant.com.

Open: 4.0 Cellars, a tasting room/winery project at 10354 E. U.S. 290 between Stonewall and Fredericksburg that is a collaboration between three Texas wineries: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery and McPherson Cellars, which are all far from the U.S. 290 wine trail, one of the busiest in the state. In addition to selling and offering their wines for sampling, the winemakers are collaborating on several wines, including a sherry, that will be sold under the 4.0 Cellars label. (830) 997-7470, fourpointwine.com.

Open: Phatso's Cheesesteaks, a food trailer at 1209 S. First St. from Pennsylvania native Walter Underwood, who is serving Philly cheesesteaks on bread from the famed Amoroso's Bakery in Philadelphia. 709-4915, phatsoscheesesteaks.com.

Open: Rita's Ice Custard, the newest location of the dessert franchise, at 6001 W. Parmer Lane. 996-8436, ritasfranchises.com/parmerlane.

Open: Cow Bells, a food trailer at 1620 E. Riverside Drive selling breakfast and lunch, including burgers, sweet potato fries, tater tots, mini corn dogs, homemade cherry lemonade and raspberry iced tea. 576-8855. Search "Cow Bells Austin" on Facebook.

Open: Counter Culture, the brick-and-mortar location of the vegan food trailer at 2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. Owner Sue Davis says that the space has allowed them to expand their menu, including a number of locally brewed beers and organic and sustainable wines. She hopes to add a garden soon and will be hosting a grand opening celebration on May 30. Check out the website for details. 524-1540, countercultureaustin.com.

Open: Black Lodge Coffee, a coffee-and-doughnut stand at 701 Tillery St., serving coffee from Ritual Roasters in San Francisco. blacklodgecoffee.com.

Open: How Do You Roll?, two new area locations of the build-your-own sushi roll restaurant. One is at 11521 RM 620, in the Plaza Volente shopping center, and the other is at 420 University Drive in San Marcos. The restaurant plans to have a grand opening celebration for the Plaza Volente location on Saturday. Since Austinites Yuen and Peter Yung founded the fast-casual franchise in 2008, the company now has more than 10 franchises in four states. 506-9797, 393-2221, howdoyouroll.com.

Open: Qdoba, the third Central Texas location of the Mexican restaurant chain at 1445 E. Whitestone Blvd., in Cedar Park. 528-5576, qdoba.com.

Opening today: Con' Olio Oils & Vinegars, the second location of the store that sells olive oils and specialty vinegars, at 215 Lavaca St. Like the first location opened by Austinites Jeff and Tabatha Conarko in the Arboretum in late 2009, the downtown location will also offer tastings, classes and pairings. They are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. today followed by an opening reception. 495-1559, conolios.com.

Name change: After a trademark infringement dispute with a restaurant franchise that operates nine Izzo's Illegal Burrito restaurants in Louisiana and Alabama, Izzoz Tacos is changing its name to Mellizoz Tacos in coming months. mellizoztacos.com.

Closed, for now: Gumbo's of Round Rock, 901 Round Rock Ave. "Due to a long-standing dispute with the landlord coupled with the costs of maintaining an historical building, we have made the decision to re-locate," owners Denise and Shuler Page posted on the website. "We will re-open at a new location to be announced at a later date." gumbosroundrock.com.

UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS

¦ Who says South and East Austinites have all the fun? The North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 W. Anderson Lane, which is home to food trailers including Snarky's, Genuine Joe's, Big Fat Greek Gyros, the Dog Pound and Michi Ramen, is hosting a grand opening party from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday with live music and food. thenaty.com

¦ At the Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Fiesta Gardens on Friday and Saturday, you'll find a number of food vendors, including Mellizoz Tacos, La Fantabulous Taqueria, Vert's Kebap, Bestwurst, Serrano's, Port-A-Café, Handshakes, Gold Star Kettle Corn, and Mom & Pops paletas. The VIP area will include additional tastings from Papi Tino's, Takoba and El Sol y La Luna. Tickets and details at pachangafest.com.

¦ From 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, join wine-lovers and environmentalists participating in the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project to help clean up Lady Bird Lake. For six years, Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation have teamed to coordinate cleanups around the country, and following the volunteer session, participants will celebrate at Aussies Grill & Beach Bar from noon to 2 p.m. Information and RSVP at BeachRescue2012.com.

— Addie Broyles