Ribs, Hops, and Sharp Objects

Food News: Barbecue, Beer, Axe Throwing Is Coming to Sawyer Yards

Plus, the Southern Smoke Foundation raises more than $100,000 during its spring festival.

By Timothy Malcolm May 14, 2019

1201 Oliver St. will soon have a few tenants—beer, barbecue, axes, and cider.

There will soon be a few more reasons to eat and drink at Sawyer Yards. Developer Lovett Commercial announced Monday that a 65,000-square-foot warehouse in the creative arts district (at 1201 Oliver St.) will have three new food and beverage tenants. They include Urban South, a New Orleans brewery opening its first Texas outpost; Fainmous BBQ, which specializes in Tennessee-style 'cue (pulled pork, dry and wet ribs, vinegar-based sauce) and has a location in Westbury; and City Orchard, a hard-cider outfit sourcing apples from the Great Lakes area. Joining these concepts will be Urban Axes, a place to go when you want to throw some axes against a wood block. The concepts should be ready to go by the fall. 

Some kitchen changes have been made at the Azuma Group, the hospitality company that runs Kata Robata and Izakaya. Specifically, chef Jean-Philippe Gaston is moving from the executive chef role at Izakaya to that same position at Kata, where he'll be working with chef Manabu "Hori" Horiuchi. Meanwhile, Cyrus Caclini makes the jump from sous chef at Kata to executive at Izakaya. He'll slowly integrate his ideas into the Izakaya menu, adding Filipino flavors while highlighting street food from across the world.

I'll Have What She's Having, an organization that advocates for and provides training and resources to women across the food and beverage industry, raised more than $8,000 for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast on May 5 at its inaugural Lucky Cat Brunch, which brought together female chefs and food and beverage professionals to celebrate women. About 100 people attended the event at Ralph Smith Studios.

Ziggy Gruber, one of the brains behind Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen, has opened Kenny & Ziggy's Cakeworks, a wholesale bakery at 8147 Long Point Road. Cakeworks will be devoted to cakes and pies, along with orders by other restaurants; in the future, Gruber hopes to move other desserts to the new space. Marilu Cortina assumes the role of bakery manager; she'll run a staff of six at the bakery.

CityPlace, the mixed-use district in Springwoods Village, has executed a lease agreement with Common Bond Café & Bakery. This will be the second location of the popular cafe, based in Montrose, and it joins a development that will also include a new Island Grill, a Star Cinema Grill, and other retail and service.

The Southern Smoke Foundation announced it raised $163,000 for its emergency relief fund from the inaugural Southern Smoke Spring festival. That weeklong event included a city-wide steak night at acclaimed restaurants across the city, a dinner led by Chris Shepherd and Austin's famous pitmaster Aaron Franklin, and a preview of Chris Cosentino's new Italian restaurant Rosalie, slated to open this fall at the C. Baldwin Hotel.

The Union Kitchen is expanding with a Cypress location. The new outfit of Paul Miller's successful elevated American hang will be at 9955 Barker Cypress Road at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake. It replaces Jaxton's Grill House & Bar on the waterfront of the lake.

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