Austin Tequila 512 sues Kendall Jenner’s Tequila 818

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Austin-based liquor company Tequila 512 continues 818 Tequila – who happens to be possesses by Kendall Jenner – on alleged similarities between product names and marketing this week, as reported by TMZ. The website reports that the lawsuit points to similar labels — Tequila 512 was founded in 2015, 818 in 2021 — and both use names playing off area codes. The Austin-based company, founded in 2015, also raised these questions last year, as reported by KVUE. Tequila 512 share an image from the TMZ report on Instagram, writing that there was “no caption needed”.

TMZ Remarks that Jenner is not specifically named in the lawsuit and that a representative for 818 told the site that they are “reviewing the complaint and believe the allegations are without merit.”

Austin airport sells a lot of brisket and tacos

In 2021, Austin airport passengers ate/purchased 75,390 pounds of brisket and purchased 8,352 sauces and salsas at Salt Lick BBQ, purchased 4,367 sauces and seasonings at Franklin Barbecue (which is available in one gift shops) and ate/bought a combined 1,458,000 tacos from various taco vendors (Tacodeli at Jo’s Coffee), according to the City of Austin.

Lizzo searches for vegan tacos in Austin

Superstar Lizzo is going to be a featured speaker at this year’s South by Southwest, and wondered if Torchy’s Tacos had any vegan options. She is a notorious fan of the Austin-born taco chain.

Austin Area Restaurant Upcoming Attractions Tracker

A new Mexican restaurant will open in the mixed-use development of Hutto cooperative district some time this year. Jaime Fernandez, who runs Jalisco Restaurant & Bar (Austin and Buda) and Tequila Bar & Grill (Round Rock), runs this as yet unnamed restaurant.

Austin Picnik restaurant expands with third location along South First in March, as reported by CultureMap Austin. This will be part of the Willa mixed-use development.

South Congress restaurant offers free hummus to marathon runners

Chicago import Aba is giving away free hummus to Austin marathon runners next week. It will be available with proof of the bib from Sunday February 20 to Friday February 25.

Austin Culinary Events Tracker

Austin Food & Wine Alliance Beef Real shot event takes place in April after a two-year break. Participating restaurants and chefs from Austin include Franklin Barbecue, Edgar Rico of Nixta Taqueria, Fermín Núñez de Suerte, Evan LeRoy of LeRoy & Lewis, Bradley Nicholson and Susana Querejazu of Lutie, Jakub Czyszczoń of Garrison and others. Non-Austin chefs include Nicola Blaque of Jerk Shack and Laurent Réa of Brasserie Mon Chou Chou. It’s happening on Thursday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Camp Mabry. General admission tickets cost $125 and VIP tickets cost $175, which provide access to a separate part of the space with its own chef’s niche.

the Austin Oyster FestivalIt’s happening again this month too, with so many East and West Coast oysters, raw, grilled, roasted and fried, along with other seafood dishes, cocktails, a Bloody Mary bar, wine, beers and live musical performances. The event benefits Central Texas Food Bank. Oyster shells will be donated to the Galveston Bay Foundation Oyster Shell Recycling Program. It takes place on Saturday February 26 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown park at Place de la République. General admission tickets are $75, which come with seven vouchers for items; VIP is already sold out.

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