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In the news: Homebrew supply store opens in South Austin

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

August is supposed to be a slow month in food, but it’s been a whirlwind of food news in the past few weeks.

Poodle Dog Lounge up on Burnet Road is now The Aristocrat Lounge, and John Kelso tells us what changes new owner Randall Stockton has in mind for the beloved dive bar.

Whataburger is expanding its partnership with H-E-B, adding four condiments to the quickly growing line.

Carl’s Jr. was attracting a different kind of spotlight earlier this month with a press conference that featured both a scantily clad model and the Texas governor that now has much bigger challenges to deal with.

Matthew Odam continues his The Feed To Go series with a culinary dream trip to San Francisco that included stops at the French Laundry, Bar Tartine, Mission Chinese Food and Flour & Water.

Royal Blue Grocery opened its fifth market downtown, and Sugar Mama’s opened its bakeshop on Manor Road. Coal Vines closed due to unpaid rent, and Fort Worth star chef Tim Love announced he’s opening his first restaurant in Austin in the former Kenichi space.

Planning a Labor Day daytrip? Odam highlights restaurants worth trying at more than a dozen small towns around Austin.

Odd Duck, Qui and Thai-Kun, one of the East Side King trailers, are on Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants list. (I think somebody has a crush on Paul Qui.)

Like beer and running? Together? Pam LeBlanc tells us about the Austin Beer Run Club.

Austin’s own Joelle Cousins won the TEXSOM award for the best sommelier in Texas at the 10th annual conference last week.

My favorite tortilla chip company, El Lago, might be heading out of business, but South Austin just got its first homebrew store: SoCo Homebrew near Hill’s Cafe on South Congress Avenue.

Even gun show attendees think that having alcohol at gun shows in Texas is a bad idea.

Arianna Auber shares her favorite cocktails on tap around Austin, from the gin and tonic at Blackbird and Henry to the Moscow Mule at Odd Duck.

In a cool story about how uShip supports entrepreneurialism within its company, we got to hear more about plans from their chef, Hannah Casparian, to open her own bakery, called Hannah, next year.

Moses Vasquez, the patriarch of the Tamale House family, passed away last week at the age of 90.

The Goodnight, The Loop Restaurant & Bar and Paggi House are being sued forunpaid taxes.

The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival is taking place this Sunday at Fiesta Gardens.