Winebelly Shutters, Via 313 Shudders, Rosen’s and Rosita’s Go Brick-and-Mortar, Huckleberry Has a Moving Experience…: all the news that will thrill your taste buds – Food

Here’s some of what’s happening in Austin’s food scene, pulled from numerous PR posts, words on the digital street, and even the occasional (verified) IRL eavesdropping.

Uh, tequila lime pie ice cream? OMG, Lick, are we in love?

Yes, it’s your Culinary news buffet for the second week of January 2022, where local industry and entangled communities are doing their best to prevail against the continuing pandemic and the various societal upheavals that result.

Uh, speaking of which…

A group of workers at Via 313 Detroit-style local pizza chain protested for COVID and job protections, claiming store management suspended them for delivering a petition seek sick leave, hazard pay, enhanced COVID safety protocols, and more. Much of this stuff has happened over the past couple of years, everywhere, and your perspective may depend on which side of the boss/worker equation you’re on. Who is trying to bullshit whom, specifically? [SPOILER ALERT: Take a look at human history, citizen.] For more information on this particular Via 313 point, check out our new food editor (!) Melanie HauptThe cover here.

And remember: It’s always been hard, working the restoration, and these fershlugginer ‘ronas don’t make anyone’s job easier…

And wine belly, this food and drink venue in Oltorf & South First has closed permanently, according to a sudden announcement on their Facebook page. Sad? You bet we are sad. “It really is a neighborhood wine bar,” noted the the Chronicleit is Kate Thornberry in this 2013 review. “The service is knowledgeable, quick and genuinely friendly.” And now Winebelly, like To continue and Blue Dahlia and the Magnolia Cafe on Lake Austin Boulevard and so many others in these dark times, are gone…

In happier news (and that has nothing to do Moreover to our list of events for Central Market Citrus Festival), the cold confectionery specialists at Licking honest ice cream just got out a new range of winter citrus flavors containing vitamin C rich orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime ingredients. This is a beautiful line of immune boosting, baby, creamy suspension fructose available all over town. And we’ve heard that eating the best ice cream is a sure sign of good fortune; so if you’re running out of Lick, you’re probably out of luck…

Bagel, bagel, bagel, they made you some dough… and they did it well, at Rosen’s

And what about some Following good news? Rosen’s Bagel Co., launched in 2017 as a frequent pop-up concept by bagel-badass Tom Rosen, will open its long-awaited brick-and-mortar store in 11101 Burnet #100, just outside the field near Austin FC Stadium on Thu 13 Jan. And they had the good sense to commit Tiny House Coffee Roasters to run their coffee program. Bonus: The space benefits from an interior designed by Liliane Steckel, who did better half, Austin Eastciders, and Bird Bird Cookie looks so good. We dare to say: Yessssss! Note: This Rosen’s hours of operation will be Thurs-Sun, 7am-12pm (or until all hot and fresh bagels are used up)…

Also you know Al Pastor of Rosita on Riverside has been serving tacos since 1985, right? Tacos, margaritas and other staples and enhancements of a life well lived in Texas? They recently acquired a brick and mortar building (Previously Church Chicken) next to the parking lot where their food truck has been for decades. Yes: Rosita’s, now bigger and better! The place is at 1801 Riverside, to be specific, where plans are underway to add a mural (depicting strong Latin women from our past, FTW) to the wall alongside their drive-thru…

Uh oh, geographic switcheroo: The Beloved Lingonberry food truck – we mean, we definitely love the names Davis Turner and crew serve from this rolling epicenter of sea-derived goodness – permanently relocated from North Austin Brewing circle and parked amidst the busy surroundings and live music of the Far Out Lounge at 8504 S. Congress

In Austin’s ever-changing backstory, it’s like Uchiit is Tyson Cole is the king of sushi and Aaron Franklin is the bbq king, to the right? We’re not trying to defend that anyway, atm, just acknowledging some sort of general consensus. And of course the acclaimed Cole/Franklin collaboration – this Asian smokehouse called Loro on South Lamar – is like the best of both culinary worlds. Good now. Shit if Loro don’t party national popcorn day on Wednesday, January 19, by offering Confit Kettle Corn, tossed with togarashi and sea salt, then topped with their charred briskets. Sounds like a perfect appetizer for under $5 – but now we’re almost whining “Why can’t he all day will be National Popcorn Day? ”

Also, speaking of sushi? Hey, sometimes it’s on wheels.

And sometimes your own wheels are all you need for a culinary-enhanced weekend away from the madding crowds of our city — at Bee Cave, say, or on Lake Travis. When you’re not treating yourself to a stylish stay in the heart of downtown, of course. Note: If now seems like a sketchy time, consider booking months in advance, for after- crossed fingers – this cursed pandemic is running out of steam…

Now eat as well as you can, tip like it’s going out of style, and beware of Omicron’s shenanigans.

Joshua B. Speller