In this issue, we have soft-opens, reopens, and no opens. Easing into 2021 is proving harder than we thought it would be. But first…
Some Austin vegan businesses closed for a snow day, Sunday, January 10. We hope you got out and had some fun! According to WeatherNation.com, “Austin’s last measurable snowfall was back in 2017, which seems like decades ago at this point. It was the biggest snowfall to hit the area since 2010, and only the third time measurable snow fell in that decade.”
But as much fun it is to enjoy a snow day, let’s remember that January is one of the slowest months of the year for many vegan shops (darn new year’s resolutions). And of course, this challenge is on top of a previously challenging pandemic year. Oh, and Austin moved to Stage 5 in response to rising COVID-19 cases. In other words, maybe slack on those resolutions a bit this year and help the vegan community out with some hearty takeout orders instead.
In other news (segue), we’re going back a couple of weeks because we’ve been on vacation (sorry, not sorry). So without further ado.
In Austin Veg News
Binge Kitchen, a restaurant based in San Antonio, soft-opened on December 21. They’re known for southern-styled comfort food.
You can find Lick It Up Austin tacos at Dear Diary Coffeehouse starting Monday, January 11.
Milky Way Shakes has moved back to online ordering only.
Sweet Ritual, goes back to curbside only, too.
Speaking of Sweet Ritual, they’ve collaborated with Eclipse Foods on some unique flavors for Veganuary.
SCOOP: Counter Culture will be rolling out a weekly meal plan. (Hello, resolutions! Welcome back!) But if you don’t want to miss out, they recommend you sign up for their newsletter.
Bone-a-fide Vegan Bistro will reopen Thursday, January 14. They also have a new phone number, so be sure to update your phone’s contact entry or Rolodex (Do people still use these?).
Bouldin Creek Cafe extends its Sunday hours.
There’s a new food trailer with a familiar vibe in town: Arlo’s Southern Style. The menu is still in the works, but you can expect bar-V-que entrees and sides. They’ll also have some classic hand-held foods for a traditional Arlo’s experience.
Capital City Bakery has new extended hours.
BrunchBird teases Instagram with a vegan yolk, hinting toward more upcoming menu surprises.
Sundaze’s small trailer inspection has expired, but they’re still serving up goodness at their southern location.
Ol’ Soul Creole soft-opened Saturday, January 9.
Bruja’s Brew Kombucha is switching up its offerings and hours to focus on wholesale kombucha. They will open on weekends with their classic kombucha and tuna sandwitches, plus macarons.
Phresh Eatz is taking a break from farmer’s markets, but you can still place personal orders.
The Wandering Vegan seeks vegan artisans for an upcoming market.
La Calaca Bakery is postponing orders for a bit. They are still accepting preorders for January 16.
Austin Veg in the Media
Gati makes Eater Austin’s list in “Austin Dining Experts Pick Their Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2020.”
KXAN’s Studio 512 featured Counter Culture in last week’s “TAKEOUT TUESDAY: Counter Culture.”
Sweet Ritual shares the spotlight with Eclipse Foods in The Austin Chronicle: “Prohibition Creamery Closes, Sweet Ritual Ramps Up, and You Want Even More, What, Pizza?”
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