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TABC says breweries have to shut down patios—again
(Pexels)

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on Wednesday clarified its guidelines after what the agency said was a misunderstanding about whether breweries could reopen their patios, a spokesperson told KXAN.


As a result, some local breweries—including St. Elmo in South Austin—shut down their patios for a second time after a brief period of reopening.



The clarification arrived less than a week after the TABC announced certain retailers could allow outdoor seating, which some local breweries took to include them. The TABC spokesperson told KXAN that the rule change only included those that make less than 51% of their revenue from alcohol sales.




The Texas Craft Brewers Guild tweeted on Thursday that the decision is "just the latest lack of leadership" from the TABC and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.



A survey conducted by the guild earlier this month found that one-third of Texas craft breweries believe they will have to close permanently in the next few months if shutdown orders do not change. Another third believe they won't last until the end of the year given the current conditions.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.