- By Matthew Odam American-Statesman Staff
Beloved Austin dive bar Lala’s Little Nugget now shares a patio with newly opened Stubb’s Bar-B-Q at 2207 Justin Lane in Crestview. The famous barbecue restaurant will smoke its meat at the original 801 Red River St. location and deliver it to Lala’s, where it will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. In addition to barbecue plates, Stubb’s will also serve nachos, BBQ sliders and Tex-Mex tacos.
Stubb’s has been expanding in recent years, opening at the Mean Eyed Cat just west of downtown and at Graceland Grocery in Oak Hill. Stubb’s, Mean Eyed Cat and Graceland are operated by FBR Management, which also owns and operates six other restaurants and bars around town, and FBR principal Matt Luckie and partners own and operate Lala’s.
The question is: Will these ancillary Stubb’s locations be able to stay open? At the end of 2015, One World Foods, which owns Stubb’s barbecue sauce, sued Stubb’s Austin Restaurant Co. for trademark infringement and wanted the non-Red River outposts closed, or in the case of Lala’s, never opened. Stubb’s Austin Restaurant Co. filed a countersuit this year claiming there was no deal in place that kept them from expanding. Luckie had no comment when asked about the legal status of the restaurants.
Malaga Tapas & Bar closed its doors Sunday. One of the early movers in the Warehouse District downtown, Austinite Greg Schnurr opened Malaga in 1998 and moved the restaurant to its Second Street District location about eight years ago.
“In a growing city filled with the entrepreneurial spirits of new private business owners, an abundance of new concepts are gracing Austin’s vibrant culinary scene,” Malaga co-owner Barret Brannam said in a statement. “Malaga is proud to have been at the forefront of such proven and popular culinary traditions, earning its title as Austin’s original Spanish tapas bar. Thank you Austin for all your support over the years.”
The extended Malaga family suffered an emotional blow last month when former partner, chef and general manager Alejandro Duran died of a heart attack in California.
Some of the area’s best chefs will auction off special dinners on Sept. 14 at a Chef’s Table event benefiting Water to Thrive, a nonprofit organization that delivers clean, safe water to millions in rural Africa. The collection of talent at the event at the Brodie Homestead (5211 Brodie Lane) includes David Bull (Second Bar + Kitchen), Ned Elliott (Foreign & Domestic), Wolfgang Murber (Fabi + Rosi), Andrew Wiseheart (Chicon) and more. The evening features appetizers, wine and beer and, the main event, silent and live auctions. Up for bid are special packages from the chefs, including six hours of in-kitchen training from the new Second Bar + Kitchen at the Archer Hotel, along with dinner for 10 on a terrace suite, a night at the hotel and more; an eight-course charcuterie dinner from Ben Runkle of Salt & Time; and a completely customized experience with Chicon executive chef and co-owner Wiseheart. Tickets range for $45 for individuals to $150 for a pair of VIP tickets and can be purchased at ChefsTableAustin.org.
One of the best restaurants in town is getting into the barbecue game for a night. Bryce Gilmore and his crew at Barley Swine, along with Odd Duck co-chef and partner Mark Buley, are hosting a barbecue pop-up at their restaurant at 6555 Burnet Road on Sept. 11. The meal will cost $45 per person and includes platters of smoked meat, sides and desserts while supplies last. The dinner starts at 5 p.m., and Barley Swine is not taking reservations.
Austin City Limits Music Festival attendees will have a new option for barbecue at the ACL Eats food court this year, as Micklethwait Craft Meats will be serving at the two-weekend festival at Zilker Park. The first-time ACL vendor is joined by other newcomers Bananarchy, Way South Philly and Wholly Cow, which could give P. Terry’s a run for its burger money. There are still general admission tickets for sale for both Sundays of the festival. For tickets and a complete list of the more than 25 vendors participating in ACL Eats, visit aclfestival.com.