Via 313 to open pizza restaurant in East Austin


Via 313 , the beloved slingers of thick, cheesy Detroit-style pizza, is upgrading its presence in East Austin. Brothers Brandon and Zane Hunt plan to open Via 313 at 1802 East Sixth St. before the end of March.

The new location, which takes the place of Collide (and previously Burn Pizza + Bar), will serve the same lunch and dinner menu as the other restaurant locations, along with a full bar. The restaurant will be open daily and offer call-in and online orders for takeaway.

With the arrival of the first East Austin location, the original trailer at Violet Crown Social Club (1111 E. Sixth St.) that opened in December 2011 will relocate, though the Hunts are not set on the next spot.

Now open

Confituras owner Stephanie McClenny has been delivering tasty preserves made with local ingredients to Austinites since 2010. Her efforts have nabbed awards, national attention and grant money from the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Now, she has a shop serving the preserves, jams and jellies on homemade biscuits. The menu includes locally sourced creations like cranberry-jalapeño jelly, pear jam with sage and honey, and spiced apple butter. The spreads are served on biscuits made with a blend of flours from locals Barton Springs Mill, and gluten-free options are available.

Confituras Little Kitchen is located at 2129 Goodrich Ave. just off South Lamar Boulevard. It is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Downtown denizens looking for quick and healthy meals have a new options. Mad Greens, the Colorado chain that opened its first Austin location at Domain Northside last April, has opened at 419 W. Second St. The shop, which fittingly took the place of the original Leaf, serves salads, wraps, pasta and grain bowls and fruit and vegetable juices.

Looking ahead

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew said last year when they announced their yet-to-be-named concept off U.S. 290 West that the restaurant would have a different name and not be an exact replica of the barbecue restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard. Those teases got a little clarification last week when owners announced that the Switch, which is working in collaboration with chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir, will serve Cajun specialties in addition to smoked meats. Duplechan, whose family is from Louisiana, says he intends to include gumbo, smothered pork chops, rice and gravy and dishes less frequently seen in Texas, like cush cush and daube. The restaurant, slated to open in March, is one of about two dozen exciting openings announced for Austin in 2018.

Closed

A relaxed haven for West Austin families looking for a low-key, family-friendly dinner hang, the Midway Food Park on Loop 360, home over the past four years to food trailers such as Dock and Roll, is closing.

The food court announced on its Facebook page that the final day of business would be Jan. 31 and that the location would then be converted to an event space opening in the spring.



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