Openings/closings: Clark’s Oyster Bar opens this week
Open: Verts Kebaps, the first brick-and-mortar location outside the University of Texas area, at 2438 W Anderson Lane, next to Hopdoddy Burger Bar. In coming months, the company plans to open five more locations, including one at 11521 RM 620 North in the next few weeks and another in the Hill Country Galleria later this fall. vertskebap.com.
Open: J&J BBQ & Burgers, the second location of the restaurant, which has been open in Cedar Park for five years. The new location, at 20520 FM 1431 in Lago Vista, is in the space that formerly housed Tug’s Bar-B-Que. jj-bbq.com.
Open: Kawa Asian Kitchen, a restaurant at 2900 N. Quinlan Park Road in Steiner Ranch, which formerly housed Fion Wine Pub & Bistro, serving Pan-Asian cuisine. 732-7278. Search “Kawa Asian Kitchen” on Facebook.
Open: The Egg & I, the second Austin location of the Colorado-based restaurant chain specializing in breakfast and lunch, at 14005 U.S. 183 North in the Super Target Shopping Center. To celebrate the opening, the restaurant is donating $1 from every Patriot Waffle to the American Widow Project. 250-3447, TheEggandIRestaurants.com
Closed: Braise, Parind Vora’s bistro on East Sixth Street. Vora’s Restaurant Jezebel is set to reopen on Oct. 31 in the Cirrus Logic building, 800 W. Sixth St.
Closed: Maria Maria, the Mexican restaurant at 415 Colorado St.
Closed: Joe’s Italian Cuisine at 9070 Research Blvd.
Closed: Scooter’s Coffeehouse at MoPac and William Cannon.
Closed, for now: Flying Falafel and Po Boys, the Mediterranean restaurant at 2001 Guadalupe St. According to the restaurant’s website, flyingfalafelaustin.com, their lease expired but they hope to relocate soon.
Chef change: Pastry chef Lindsay O’Rourke has joined the team at Noble Pig Sandwiches, 11815 RM 620 North. Most recently, O’Rourke, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, was in charge of the pastries at Huisache Grill and Wine Bar in New Braunfels.
Max’s Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto Blvd., is hosting the third annual Austin Cellar Classic on Friday and Saturday benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. On Friday Max’s chef Erica Beneke will prepare a five-course Reserve Dinner ($125, $225 a couple), followed by a grand tasting ($45, $100 for VIP) from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday during which guests can sample wines from around the world. Tickets and information at austincellarclassic.com.