Openings/Closings: Hill's Cafe opens barbecue restaurant on Steck Avenue
¦ Open: Hill's BBQ Market, a new restaurant from the owners of Hill's Cafe, at 3301 Steck Ave. serving traditional barbecue favorites such as brisket, pork ribs and sausage, as well as out-of-the-ordinary sides including whipped sweet potatoes and an herb turkey salad. 298-1813, hillsbbqmarket.com.
¦ Open: Bert's Bar-B-Q, a second location of the locally owned barbecue restaurant at 907 W. 24th St., not far from the original location near the University of Texas campus that burned down in 2007. The location at 3563 Far West Blvd. is still open. 474-2613, no website.
¦ Open: Johnnye's East Texas Soul Food, a food trailer at 2015 E. Riverside Drive currently serving Southern favorites such as country fried chicken or steak tenders on nights that bands take the stage at the nearby Beauty Ballroom. Regular hours are coming soon, according to the website. 943-2985, johnnyes.com.
¦ Closed: River City Coffee, the coffee shop at 5400 Brodie Lane in Sunset Valley.
UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS
On Aug. 23, Man Up Texas BBQ is hosting a benefit at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 6610 N. Lamar Blvd., for the victims of the Aurora, Colo. shootings. "We've thrown previous benefits for Texas wildfire relief and Tuscaloosa tornado relief and feel compelled to try to lend a hand to the those affected by the tragedy in Aurora," website founder Drew Thornley wrote in a post last week.
From 5:30 p.m. until at least 7:30 p.m., a portion of the food sales will go to a fund that has been set up for the victims, and they'll also be taking donations at the door.
With live music from John Edward Baumann and cold refreshments from Saint Arnold Brewing Company. manuptexas bbq.blogspot.com.