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New champagne and caviar lounge comes to the Fairmont and other Austin food and drink updates

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Austin is filled with new restaurants and bars opening or expansions of well-loved local chains. Whether you're looking for a new place to grab a drink or are curious about which diner holds the crown as the best in Texas, this is the latest on the capital city's dining and drinking scene.

Room 725 Champagne & Caviar

Friday kicked off this semi-private lounge at Fairmont Austin. Promising a selection of Osetra caviar, exquisite champagne, live music and pre-embargo cigars, this space is primed for a luxurious evening. Reservations are required and it's open Fridays and Saturdays from 6-11 p.m.

Kelly's Irish Pub

The Dawson neighborhood in South Austin is welcoming a new Irish pub. Located at 519 West Oltorf Street, it'll be at the former site of tapas bar Winebelly. Eater Austin reports that Kelly's is set to open in three phases starting in November and ending around St. Patrick's Day.

Jo's Coffee

Jo's is starting renovations on a building at 5532 Menchaca Road next month, according to a filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The work is set to finalize at the end of the year, indicating that 2023 could bring yet another spot to grab breakfast tacos and turbos.

Electric Shuffle

Flaunting boozy brunches, craft cocktails and high-tech shuffleboard, Electric Shuffle is set to open in October. The London-founded bar already has a Texas site in Dallas' Deep Ellum, and CEO Gene Ball expressed excitement for the new Austin location. “The city is a hub for innovation and hospitality with a deep love of good vibes and great music while being home to some of the coolest and weirdest concepts in the world," Ball said. "We cannot wait for Electric Shuffle to be a part of this community and culture while adding our own little piece of uniqueness to the city”

Phoebe's Diner

The best diner in the state is a 1950s-inspired restaurant with locations on Oltorf Street and W 11th Street, according to Lovefood.com. "Everything's beautifully prepared, from the fried chicken and grits to the tastiest biscuits in sausage gravy," the food website wrote in their list. If you're in North Austin, you'll soon be closer to a Phoebe's site with the restaurant expected to open a location on Burnet Rd.

Russian Bistro Nazdorovye Inc.

The company behind Eastern European restaurant the House, which closed earlier this summer, appears to have a new project in the works in North Loop. Russian Bistro Nazdorovye Inc is listed as the owner on a permit for an address at 5201 Airport Boulevard, where the now-closed Sala & Betty was located. The House closed in early June after operating on East Fifth since 2012.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.