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In the news: Restaurants open north, east, south and west

Addie Broyles

Lots of restaurant openings and closings this month. Smoke’n Hops, a barbecue restaurant and brewery, opened near Dripping Springs. Up north, Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya opened on U.S. 183 and the second Lucy’s Fried Chicken opened on Burnet Road.

In East Austin, Haymaker, from the Black Sheep Lodge family, has opened on Manor Road, not too far from the new School House Pub. Torchy’s has reopened on the Drag.

The Woodland closed on SoCo, but it will be transformed into Little Barrel & Brown. Around the corner, a new tapas bar called Winebelly has opened in the old Green Muse Cafe spot on Oltorf. You can always find the latest openings and closings on Matthew Odam’s blog, The Feed, or through his Twitter account, @odam or @TheFeed360.

Barley Swine is suing a similarly named Miami restaurant, and in Friday’s Austin360, Odam offered three trailer recommendations: Micklethwait, Dock and Roll and Conscious Cravings. (A lobster roll for $13? Count me in.)

In non-restaurant openings, Trader Joe’s is opening Friday and Wheatsville Food Co-op will open its store on South Lamar Boulevard within the next week. Stuffed Cajun Meat Market & Specialty Food Store, a popular destination for all things Cajun up on RM 620 North, has opened a second location in Sunset Valley.

In yesterday’s paper, I learned about a cool high school butchery class up in Florence from Claire Osborn, one of our Williamson County writers.

The Austin bloggers behind have written a new book on the history of Austin beer. They had a huge book launch party on Friday, but they are hosting a number of other book-related events this month.

With just a few weeks until the first phase of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, businesses, including restaurants, are scrambling to figure out what it means for them and their employees.