The Digest: Bar Louie, Komé, Beer Week, openings
By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 10.25.11
► In the works: Bar Louie is the name on a TABC mixed-beverage notice at 123 W. Sixth St. (above) in the former State Comptroller’s building. Bar Louie is a bar-and-grill concept headquartered in Addison near Dallas, with locations in more than 15 states.
► Open: Komé Sushi Kitchen, the brick-and-mortar Japanese home-cooking restaurant from Sushi-A-Go-Go trailer entrepreneurs Také and Kayo Asazu (pictured at left). 4917 Airport Blvd. 712-5700, www.kome-austin.com.
► Open: Estancia Churrascaria, the second location of the Brazilian all-you-can-eat steakhouse. At 10000 Research Blvd., Suite B. www.estanciachurrascaria.com.
► Open: The League Tavern & Kitchen, at the site of Ciola’s replacement Dominick’s, which closed earlier this summer. 1310 RM 620 S. in Lakeway. 263-3279, www.leaguelakeway.com.
► Open: Legend-in-the-making John Mueller’s JMueller BBQ trailer at 1502 S. First St. Open 11 a.m. until the barbecue runs out Tuesday-Saturday. 229-7366, www.jmuellerbbq.com.
► Open: A second La Boite Cafe trailer for baked goods, sandwiches and coffee downtown at Congress Avenue and 10th Street. www.laboitecafe.com.
► Closed: Chopsticks, a Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant at 6929 Airport Blvd. I wrote about the restaurant as part of my “Food of Airport Boulevard” series: Like so much of the Highland Village center, Chopsticks seems like a place that saw its better years a decade ago
► Ownership change: Restaurant management veteran Brian O’Neill has bought the 14-year-old Mirabelle restaurant from founder Michael Villim. The staff is staying on, and O’Neill plans to add Sunday brunch. “We want it to be your favorite neighborhood French bistro,” said O’Neill, who most recently has been general manager at Chez Zee. He’s also managed Max’s Wine Dive and Uchi. 8127 Mesa Drive. 346-7900, www.mirabellerestaurant.com.
► Chef change: James Corwell is out at Haddingtons. Chris “C.T.” Turgeon is in. Among the congratulatory notes on Twitter came this one from Foreign & Domestic: “Can't believe our old dishwasher is now the new Exec. Chef @haddingtons ! Congrats Chris 'CT' Turgeon, well played sir!” 601 W. Sixth St. 992-0204, www.haddingtonsrestaurant.com.
► Moving: The Warehouse District bar and restaurant 219 West has closed at Fourth and Lavaca streets in preparation for a November reopening at 612 W. Sixth St., the former home of Union Park. 474-2194, www.219west.com.
► In the works: The former Katz’s Deli location at 618 W. Sixth St. carries a TABC mixed-beverage application banner listing the Powder Room as the applicant.
► Event: Restaurant Jezebel, lost in a fire in 2010, is on course for a 2012 reopening in the Cirrus Logic building downtown. Until then, you can get a taste of what made Jezebel one of the city’s best restaurants with a four-course dinner hosted by chef and owner Parind Vora at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. The menu includes Cajun spiced wild boar, a salad of pumpkin and hazelnuts, lobster Wellington and bread pudding with bourbon ice cream. $120, BYOB. Location and reservations at www.jezebeldining.com.
► Event: Austin Beer Week runs through Oct. 30 with special tappings and events at the Draught House, Ginger Man, Flying Saucer, Billy’s on Burnet, Opal Divine’s and dozens more. Calendar at www.austinbeerweek.com.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)