Openings/closings: Pinkberry to open in Westlake, Kome team opens Daruma Ramen downtown
Opening next week: Daruma Ramen, the newest restaurant from Kayo and Take Asazu, who run the successful Kome. The new restaurant, which will focus primarily on several styles of Kayo Asazu’s ramen, is at 612 E. Sixth St., next to Easy Tiger. 369-3897, darumaramen.com
Opening Friday: Pinkberry Westlake at 3300 Bee Cave Road, the first Austin-area location of the popular frozen yogurt chain that got its start in California. Franchise owners Kurt and Elisa Pederson of Lone Star Swirls plan to open a handful of Pinkberry locations in the area in coming year, but they’ll celebrate the opening of this first one with a party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. In addition to the traditional frozen yogurt option, the Westlake location will carry the story’s new Pinkberrygreek yogurt, which is a non-frozen Green yogurt. pinkberry.com/westlake
Chef change: Norbert Roesch has taken the position of executive chef at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. The native of Germany cooked at various Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before getting into the hospitality and hotel business, and since joining Hyatt in 1998, he has led its kitchens in locations around the world.
At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Olive & June, 3411 Glenview Ave., will host a fundraiser event for Phoenix Farms, a farm in Bastrop that is raising money to build a classroom/event space and commercial kitchen. After a cocktail reception, Edible Austin publisher Marla Camp will moderate a panel with chefs Jesse Griffiths of Dai Due, Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine, Shawn Cirkiel of Olive & June and Valerie Broussard of Trace. Tickets ($60 for VIP, $30 for general admission) at locavorenextdoor.eventbrite.com.
Palm Park, 711 E. Third St., is one of the most overlooked spaces in downtown Austin, but on Saturday, April 13, the Waller Creek Conservancy, the organization behind the redevelopment along Waller Creek downtown, will host a“fundraiser/friendsraiser” called the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Austinites will gather to enjoy the space and live music, learn more about the project and dine alfresco with their neighbors. You can bring your own picnic dinner, or you can go to the website, wallercreek.org/picnic and order baskets of food prepared by local chefs and restaurants, including Home Slice, Counter Culture, Jeffrey’s and Josh Watkins of the Carillon. There will be live music and Jack Sanders, a noted Austin artist/designer/builder, will create an installation with his team from Design.Build.Adventure.