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Now open: Juice, noodles, barbecue, gelato and more

Matthew Odam

Former Artz Rib House proprietor Art Blondin has set up shop in Florence. Art’s Ribs & BBQ opened at 212 Main St. in a 100-year-old stone building.

Coffee shop Café Ruckus opened this week at 409 W. 2nd St. near City Hall.

Gelateria Dolce Neve opened at 1713 S. 1st Street on the increasingly popular strip of road home to Bouldin Creek Cafe, Lenoir and El Chile.

The shop, owned by brother and sister Marco and Francesca Silvestrini, and Francesca’s fiancée Leo Ferrarese, serves gelato made daily with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, organic fresh milk from County Line Dairy from Earth, Tex., with no artificial flavorings, preservatives, or thickeners added.

The Dolce Neve uses a “mantecazione verticale” method to make gelato, which owners say incorporates air in a natural way, creating a creamier consistency. (

Chinese-Indian fusion restaurant Sauce N Spice is now open at 2000 Guadalupe St. (

Xian Noodle opened at 1801 E. 51st St. C370 in the Mueller HEB development. The restaurant specialized in a half-dozen hand-pulled noodles as well as a variety of sushi rolls. (

Local organic juice, smoothie and natural foods purveyors JuiceLand have opened at 2422 FM 620 at Lohman’s Crossing. It is the store’s seventh location in Austin. The Lakeway location will offer the same drinks and food as the other JuiceLand spots, and also serve as a fresh juice cleanse pick-up center.

“Lakeway, you just got served! We are all really looking forward to getting to know all the eager folks that have been watching and waiting,” JuiceLand owner Matt Shook said. “Our all star-manager Annabelle was living out there because she loves the lake so we figured we just shorten her commute by a half hour every day.”