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Rebecca Rather opens the Pink Pig near Fredericksburg; Texas Sake opens tasting room

Addie Broyles
Rebecca Rather’s new restaurant, the Pink Pig, opened in early November near Fredericksburg. She’s serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a 19th century structure east of the Hill Country town the chef/cookbook author has lived and worked in for years.

Open: The Pink Pig, Rebecca Rather’s newest venture near Fredericksburg. Rather, one of the most noted chefs-cookbook authors in the area who ran the now closed Rather Sweet Bakery & Café for a number of years, has transformed a 19th century log structure at 6266 U.S. 290, just west of Wildseed Farms, into a restaurant and wine bar with a large outdoor seating area, where she’s serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as to-go picnic lunches. (830) 990-8800,

Open: Texas Sake Kura, the tasting room inside Texas Sake Co., the state’s first sake company, at 5501 N. Lamar Blvd. After a grand opening celebration this Saturday, the sake makers will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays for tastings. RSVP for a tasting and find out more about the product by calling 772-1282 or visiting

Open: Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, a pizzeria at 13187 Fitzhugh Road, next to Jester King Brewery. The mostly outdoor but covered space will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through the end of the year, and the owners hope to add additional days and operating hours after the first of the year. 633-5118,

Opening Monday: Austin Java, the newest location of the locally owned coffeeshop at 3110 Windsor Road. In addition to coffee and lunch, this location will also offer a full bar and expanded menus. 474-5282,

Closed, for now: Uncle Billy’s at Lake Travis has closed for the season, and during this off season, the owners are working on a new concept for the location near the Oasis complex. The Barton Springs location remains open.


  • Communities in Schools of Central Texas will host its 17th annual Food for Thought fundraiser on Nov. 29 at Circuit of Americas, the facility that just hosted Austin’s first Formula One race. This will be the first charity event at the newly opened track and it will help raise money for the nonprofit that provides dropout-prevention services to more than 6,000 students in 54 area schools. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 29, guests can sample food from more than 20 area chefs, including El Alma Cafe y Cantina, Chez Zee, the Carillon, the Driskill Hotel, Hudson’s on the Bend, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Congres, Judges’ Hill, Siena Ristorante Toscana and Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill. Tickets cost $250 and are available at or by calling 464-9762.
  • The League, 1310 RM 620 in Lakeway, is hosting a Movember benefit dinner on Tuesday in support of the grass-roots charity project that raises money and awareness for men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer. You can make reservations for the five-course dinner ($65, including cocktails) at or by calling 263-3279.