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East Side King to open brick-and-mortar on Dec. 4; Tiff’s Treats expands to Round Rock

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Motoyasu Utsunomiya, left, and Paul Qui inside the new East Side King that is opening inside the Hole in the Wall in early December.

Opening Saturday: Tiff’s Treats, the first Round Rock location of the Austin-based cookie delivery company at 117 Louis Henna Blvd. To celebrate the opening, the company is hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit Foster Angels of Central Texas, a non-profit that helps fill basic needs of kids in the foster care system. Throughout the day, they’ll sell chocolate chip, snickerdoodle or oatmeal raisin cookies for $3 a dozen (cash only, limit six per person) with $5,000 going to the nonprofit. The store will open for regular business starting Sunday. 808-4300, cookiedelivery.com

Opening Tuesday: East Side King, the first brick-and-mortar location of “Top Chef” winner Paul Qui’s popular Asian street food trailers, which he started with fellow chef Moto Utsunomiya. Located inside the Hole in the Wall at 2538 Guadalupe St. near the University of Texas campus, the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays. The Hole in the Wall has added Japanese beers on tap, sake and shochu to complement the food. 302-1470, eskaustin.com

Open: Via 313, the second location of the trailer that serves Detroit-style pizza, at 8504 S. Congress Ave., next to Red Shed Tavern. 435-1079, via313.com

Reopen: Sobani Kitchen, Bar and Patio has reopened after renovations to both the interior of the restaurant at 1700 RM 620 North in Lakeway and the development of a new menu that blends “casual American comfort fare along with Japanese-inspired dishes” from executive chef and Austin native James McMillan, who has spent a number of years at Houston restaurants including Brennan’s Restaurant and Rattan Pan Asian Bistro. In addition to the new food menu, the restaurant has revamped its beer and wine selection to include many locally crafted beverages. 266-3900, sobani620.com

Reopen: Cutie Pie Wagon, the pie trailer from Austinite Jaynie Buckingham, has relocated and reopened at 1209 S. First St. 552-8319, cutiepiewagon.com

Expanded: Roppolo’s Pizzeria, which Austinite Marc Roppolo founded in 1984 and has a number of downtown outlets, has more than doubled the size of its location at 316 E. Sixth St. and added a beer and wine bar. 476-1490, roppolos.com

Closed: Casa Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina at 1000 S. Lamar Blvd. has closed to make way for the mixed-use retail complex that will be built there this winter. The four other area locations remain open. casagarcias.net

UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS

The next Texas legislative session doesn’t start for another six weeks, but the organizers of the newly formed Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus, spearheaded by representatives Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) and Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), are hosting a kick-off reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road. Chefs Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic, Shawn Cirkiel of Parkside and Olive & June, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo and Tink Pinkard of Off the Fly will serve bites alongside beverages from Rogness Brewing Company, Genius Gin and Balcones Distillery. Tickets cost $100 a person or $175 a couple, and you can buy them at texasfoodcaucus.org or by calling Bonnie Bacarisse at (917) 239-9027.

Henri’s, the cheese, wine and charcuterie shop at 2026 South Lamar Blvd. is hosting a beer and cheese pairing class with Jester King Brewery at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $50 and are available by emailing info@henrischeese.com or calling 442-3373. henrischeese.com

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane, is hosting a kid-friendly event with Houston author Gracie Cavnar, who has published her second “Eat It! Food Adventures with Marco Polo” book. The books chronicle the journey of a young boy who gets to explore food all around the world as he travels with the famed merchant. The event on Sunday ($35, which includes a copy of the book, Argus cider for the adults and light bites to eat) will give children the opportunity to explore the East Austin farm and try their hand at making homemade pasta and kale salad. For tickets and information, go to farmhousedelivery.com.

The Driskill Hotel is kicking off its 12 Days of Christmas celebration with a tree lighting event from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Every day through Dec. 16, the hotel at 604 Brazos St. will host evening choir performances with complimentary sweet treats and apple cider from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as special events each night including a gingerbread house-making contest on Dec. 6, awkward family photo sessions on Dec. 7, breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8, high tea on Dec. 9, a comedy trio called the Three Wise Men on Dec. 10, a fruitcake exchange on Dec. 11 and a 12-course meal on Dec. 12 (12-12-12, for those of you who keep track of those things). For information and reservations, call 391-7039 or visit driskillhotel.com.