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Easter munch hunt: 8 local restaurants serving seasonal eats

(Carpenter Hall)

Spring is in the air and seasonal traditions—bluebonnets, Peeps, Easter bunnies and lambs—are on the mind. Easter Sunday is coming up this weekend and local restaurants are stepping up to the plate with takeout picnics, themed eats and whimsical cocktails.

With specials going on all weekend, you don’t have to limit your Easter celebrations to just Sunday. Aside from takeout order deadlines, only one restaurant on this list requires a reservation, though making a reservation is always a good idea.

40 North | 900 W. 10th St.

For a casual outdoor pizzeria day, celebrate Easter Sunday with a trip to 40 North for a seasonal brunch omelet pizza made with garlic, mozzarella, fontina, fried fingerling potatoes, charred shishitos, farm egg, fried rosemary and pancetta. Catch $9 frozen peach bellinis and $5 mimosas if you’re boozin’.

Carpenters Hall | 400 Josephine St.

Spring has sprung at Carpenter Hall and it shows through the floral-decked scenery. Showcasing a brand new brunch menu designed by Executive Chef Jefferey Hundelt, Carpenter Hall is serving up crab benedict, cold-smoked salmon, blood orange mimosas and more this Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Confituras Little Kitchen | 2129 Goodrich Ave.

This Easter, Confituras Little Kitchen has special sweet and savory treats to commemorate the holiday this year. Grab an Easter brunch picnic kit—which includes a half dozen of the biscuits that make this bakery famous, a fresh carrot salad, chevre and leek frittatas and some fresh strawberry poteet jelly—or one of the many seasonal pastries. If you donate $5 or more, Confituras will feed a member of the community. Place your orders as soon as possible for pickup on April 16 and 17.

Culinary Dropout | 11721 Rock Rose Ave.

Domain Northside’s Culinary Dropout is adding two specials to its menu this Sunday in honor of Easter: Croque madame with grilled tavern ham, aged Gruyere cheese and Mornay sauce, to be enjoyed with the Peep Show cocktail with guava, pineapple, sparkling wine and topped with a cute little Peep. Reservations are recommended.

Dai Due | 2406 Manor Rd.

It’s time for Dai Due’s traditional holiday feast—the “Easter Bunny,” a two-plus pound, partially deboned, whole rabbit stuffed with bacon, mushrooms, brandy, thyme and breadcrumbs. Don’t forget the biscuit kit, a few links of lamb and artichoke sausage and some rabbit demi glace for your Easter Bunny. Order for pickup on April 16.

Fareground | 111 Congress Ave.

Get in on the family-friendly action early at Fareground’s free Easter-eggstravaganza this Saturday, April 16. Complete with an egg hunt and Easter Bunny visit starting at 11 a.m. for the kids, the downtown food hall will have live music, festive cotton candy, popcorn and brunch specials until 5 p.m. RSVP here.

Hotel Magdalena | 1101 Music Ln.

Hotel Magdalena’s Summer House two-course Easter breakfast will be complete with an egg hunt and photos with the rabbit of the day, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Adult tickets include an espresso drink, peach bellini, bloody mary or mimosa, and everyone is invited to participate in the egg hunt, which includes a basket. Get reservations here.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ | 11500 Menchaca Rd.

Valentina’s will be closed on Easter Sunday but you can still get your BBQ fix this weekend. Have your choice of mesquite-smoked brisket, beef or pork ribs, mesquite-smoked barbacoa or lemon pepper chipotle chicken for the protein, add on some homemade flour tortillas and don’t forget about the banana pudding. Place your order online for pick up with reheating instructions on April 16–orders must be in before 5 p.m. on Wednesday and be above $100.

Vista Brewing | 13551 FM150 W

This Driftwood brewery is a bit of a drive but worth it to spend the day in the Hill Country. Vista Brewing is making for a casual Easter Sunday with a baby goat pop-up from 2-3:30 p.m. followed by live jazz from 4-6 p.m. for $19 per adult and $10 per child. Grab some hyper-local brews and pub food from the onsite Vista Grill while you’re there!


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.