Have you seen San Jac Saloon's doors? Because co-owner Pedram Amini is offering a $500 reward to whoever can bring his missing custom-made treasure back.
It's the wild, wild west for the 300 East 6th St. bar, where Amini checked in over last weekend, in preparation for the first Longhorn football game, only to be told by his employees that the doors had been lifted a few weeks prior.
Desperate to get them back, Amini said he used his photoshop skills to design a flyer that he plans to post all-around 6th Street.
"It kind of feels like a personal hit to have this taken from us, you know, it's not a small item," Amini told Austonia. "I figure someone's got it and either they'll just come hand-in-hat and give it back or someone knows who took it and they'll take me up on the $500 offer."
There are two sets of saloon doors at the bar: a functional version on the interior and a decorative set that is put out during business hours to adorn the outside. The decorative set was stolen because they were likely left out one night Amini said.
Made by artist and friend Owen Trogden, who has created a number of pieces for the five-year-old bar, the doors hold a special meaning to Amini. He says he isn't looking for trouble, he just wants to be reunited with the pieces.
Trogden is a "classic cowboy," according to Amini. (Bunkhouse Art and Design)
The bar doesn't have any leads on who might have taken the doors, which Amini said are solid wood and easily weigh 25 pounds.
"To us, they're valuable but to anybody else, they're totally useless," Amini said. "One theory is that someone was just drunk, having a good time, they wanted to take a souvenir. I'm not looking to harm the person who stole these things—if I can get them back, that's great."
In fact, Amini hasn't gone to the police yet because he is hoping that a good samaritan will return them. Amini said he isn't ruling legal enforcement out but he is cautiously optimistic that the doors will make their way home.
"I know that (police) have got bigger fish to fry. It's just not really something that's going to be on their radar, nor should it be, they've got bigger priorities than my saloon doors," Amini said. "Worst case scenario, this will be more business for my buddy Owen. Maybe we'll improve on the design but in an optimal world, we'll get them back and it'll be a really fun story."
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After months of speculation, a new report says political personality Beto O'Rourke is mulling a run for Texas governor that he will announce later this year.
Sources tell Axios the former congressman is preparing his campaign for the 2022 election, where he will likely vie for the position against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. The only other candidate that has announced he will take on Abbott for governor is former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West—no Democrats have announced they are running as of yet.
"No decision has been made," Axios reports David Wysong, O'Rourke's former House chief of staff and a longtime adviser, said. "He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state."
A new poll from The Dallas Morning News and University of Texas at Tyler shows O'Rourke is narrowing the gap between himself and Abbott's prospects for governor. In the poll, 37% said they'd vote for O'Rourke over Abbott, while 42% said they'd vote for Abbott.
Abbott has been in the hot seat due to his handling of COVID-19 and the signing of landmark legislation into law, including new abortion and voting rights laws; 54% of poll respondents voted they think the state is headed in the "wrong direction." Still, Texas hasn't had a Democrat as governor since the 90s.
O'Rourke's people-focused approach to the 2018 Senator race, which he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz, gave him a widespread following and many hoped he'd throw his hat into the ring since he said he was considering it earlier this year.
"We hope that he's going to run," Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, told Axios. "We think he'll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott because he's vulnerable."
Austin rapper Jordi Esparza may not have won the 2021 Red Bull Batalla, the world's largest Spanish freestyle rap competition, but for a spirited two rounds, the 22-year old Mexican native looked like he had every right to.
On Saturday evening in Los Angeles, the event itself looked like Cobra Kai meets Star Search with graphics adding a very Batman Beyond aesthetic. Over a dozen rappers hoping to represent the U.S. in the international round of the competition took to the stage with in-your-face jabs at accents, sexual orientation and odors, among other things.
This was Esparza's second rodeo; he had placed third at the 2020 National Finals, automatically securing him a spot this year.
However, things were different this year. He was not nervous about the contest. Unlike in 2020, when he made his Red Bull Batalla debut, the anxiety of the event led him to "feeling so bad."
Affecting a casual calm, the locally-based landscaper said he just felt "so relaxed, so happy" and primarily wanted to "enjoy everything."
Choosing his first-round opponent, Esparza, whose stage name is Jordi, elected to go against LA-based Boss.
Esparza freestyled an attack on his opponent's weight and cholo style of dress.
Boss—bracketing his Latin freestyle with English appeals to the crowd—mocked Jordi's lack of education, made fun of how clean Jordi's shoes looked and suggested that Jordi just came back from a Footlocker.
That first round went to Jordi.
But his next opponent Eckonn would prove to be his undoing.
Eckonn compared Jordi to Hannah Montana, while Jordi soulfully explained that he had learned from the best.
Esparza's verbal dexterity is matched by a rattling rhythm and a game face that is as mawkish as it is mockish. The overall effect is that of an underdog with bite.
Eckonn beat Esparza in that round with the overall championship going to Palm Beach-based rapper Reverse.
However, Esparza was just happy to be there. He recently told Austonia going to the finals again was a dream come true—a pinnacle that he said he won't know how to top.
With his nimble jabs and sneaky prowess, honed from pop culture and the swagger of a young working man hungry to be more, Jordi Esparza is just getting started.