Dojo Sake Bar and Izakaya has opened at 9070 Research Blvd. The restaurant features a menu of fried (tomato croquette, chicken kara-age and kewpie shrimp), steamed (whitefish, drunken clams) and grilled (pork cheek and spinach) dishes, along with limited sushi offerings and both a miso and vegan miso ramen. In izayaka tradition, the Dojo serves a variety of alcohol (wine, sake, beer, sake-based cocktails and liquor) and is open very late (2 a.m. during the week and 2:45 a.m. on Friday and Saturday). The Dojo celebrates its opening with a party at 8 p.m. Saturday that includes a teppan cook-off, sake tasting, sake carafe painting and origami lessons. Tickets to the party are $5 and $10 for the sake blind-tasting event and can be purchased at DojoMatsuri.Eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the event will go to the Dell Children’s Medical Center. (DojoATX.com)
Briarcliff Bistro and Bacon Bar is now open at 108 Pace Bend Road near Pace Bend Park. The restaurant serves classic (potato skins) and non-traditional (pineapple-stuffed jalapenos wrapped in bacon) bar appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches (like their Infamous BLT, which features 10 slices of bacon). Oink. The restaurant has a full bar and is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. (Facebook.com/Bacon.Bar.And.Bistro)
Momo Korean Cuisine & Sushi is now open at 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 119, in the former Maharaja Indian Cafe. The restaurant, which serves sushi and Korean dishes such as bulgogi and bibimbap, is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch and 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (512-249-9122)
Purveyors of sinful, stuffed burgers, Your Mom’s Burger Bar is now open at 705 U.S. 290 in the Oak Hill Centre at the corner of William Cannon Drive. This second location of Your Mom’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. (EatAtYourMoms.com)
Torchy’s Tacos reopens its renovated 2801 Guadalupe St. location on Thursday. The Austin-based taco-slingers are celebrating the unveiling with a raffle offering a grand prize package of giveaways from local businesses such as Tiff’s Treats, Wheatsville Co-op and Vulcan Video worth $1,600. To enter the contest, customers must visit the new location during business hours on Sept. 19. In addition to the raffle, Torchy’s will give free breakfast tacos (one per person) to all customers between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on opening day. (TorchysTacos.com)
Chef Will Packwood has left his position as executive chef at the Inn Above Onion Creek. Packwood, who was named a Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine magazine in 2001, has previously worked at Emilia’s, 7 and Cibo.