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What’s new: Savory Spice reopens at Barton Creek

Addie Broyles

The “reimagined” Jeffrey’s reopened earlier this year, and in his review on Friday, Matthew Odam says that though the restaurant has come a long way from where it was when Larry McGuire and his team bought it, but the restaurant might be reaching too far in the past to stay relevant with Austin diners. Also on The Feed, Odam has the details on two new Asian restaurants, including another ramen spot on U.S. 183, Franklin Barbecue appearing on the cover of Parade magazine, and a new restaurant called Olamie that is opening in the former Sagra space. (Its chefs are hosting pop-up dinners in August and September at various restaurants around town to start spreading the world.) In other opening news, the long-awaited Arro and Bufalina opened their doors last week.

In non-restaurant openings and closings, Tea Embassy has closed its tea room and shop in the historic Campbell-Miller house at 900 Rio Grande St. to focus on online sales. You can find hundreds of teas, as well as accessory products like teapots, strainers and mugs, at

Mel’s Meals founder Melissa Sterns announced last week that she was closing her prepared meals company, and Austin’s first Savory Spice Shop, owned by Karen Aboussie, has reopened in Barton Creek Square across from Old Navy. The original location on West Sixth Street closed earlier this year, and the new location (512-524-1093, is open during mall hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

I’m still missing the vibe of the original Mean Eyed Cat, but Emma Janzen says that the West Fifth Street bar is going to reopen this fall with both barbecue and booze. Janzen also gave this solid recommendation of Hi Hat Public House, which has some of the best prices on locally brewed beer in the city.

Andrea Ball wrote one of my favorite stories in the paper yesterday about a couple in San Marcos who are selling their bed-and-breakfast that they’ve operated for the past 29 years. There are a few food ties in the article, but it’s just a gem of a story that put a smile on my face.

With Ramadan well underway, Juan Castillo went to the North Austin Muslim Community Center last week for an open house iftar — or fast-breaking meal — and wrote this heart-warming story that has some excellent photos from staffer Rodolfo Gonzalez (above).