Closed but soon-to-be-returning Indian restaurant G’Raj Mahal will preview its revived menu during Austin’s Levitation Music Festival. The restaurant will serve in the festival’s main space for the first time, Levitation Lounge, at 809 East Sixth Street. Food will also be served with Zee’s Wiener pop-up hot dog system. It runs from Thursday 26 October to Sunday 29 October from noon to 7pm each day. Lounge access is available via complimentary RSVP.
G’Raj founder and executive chef Sidney Roberts started the restaurant as a food truck in 2009 and then turned it into a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Rainey Street in 2014. G’raj’s lease expired in January 2020, but the landlord allowed her to run the restaurant until July 2021, when it closed. In July 2022, Roberts announced that he would bring G’Raj back with the Present Tense Hospitality restaurant group (Salt & Time, Rosen’s Bagels) at a new location in Blackland at 2207 Alamo Street. The opening date is currently unknown.
Roberts expanded with another Indian restaurant Mumtaz Market on South First in 2020, but it closed in 2022 to become a new pizzeria operated by Present Tense, Dovetail Pizza that year.
Formwork for coffee
Austin coffee shop All Gimmicks is closing in North Austin. His last day working in the Fairweather Cider space will be Sunday, October 29. The team plans to still operate pop-up cafes, as well as reopen at some point in another location.
Tracking the opening of hotel bars
Another day, another downtown bar: The Cambria Hotel Austin Downtown opened its new bar, the Limestone Rooftop, last week on October 20 at 68 East Avenue. The Rainey District Bar is located on the 16th floor of the hotel with indoor and outdoor spaces, a global food menu (lamb chops, braised beef cheeks with pomegranate and feta, grilled octopus and cocktails, and plans for live music and DJs.
Track food events in Austin
Closed Austin food truck Fil N’ Viet is hosting a bao cooking class and dinner with pop-up Gan Bei Gals this week. The event features a class from Fil ‘N Viet co-owners and chefs Kevin Truong and Rosie Mina-Truong where people will learn how to make steamed and stuffed bao. Then people will be able to eat those bao, plus East Coast oysters, whole roasted lechon and halo-halo during the four-course dinner. Tickets are $200 and takes place on Tuesday, October 24th from 6:30-9:00pm at Made In Studio.
Bar Toti in the Blackland neighborhood hosts Austin restaurant Bufalina for an Austrian wine event with Bar Toti COO Celia Pellegrini and Bufalina Wine Director Rania Zayat. Inspired by Austrian wine taverns, buschenschank, the event will feature wine, charcuterie and snacks from Bar Toti’s Fermín Núñez and Bufalina’s Brooks Wilson. It takes place on October 24, Tuesday, from 5 to 10 p.m
New American restaurant District Kitchen is celebrating its tenth birthday with two parties this week. Both will feature an all-day happy hour, food specials, live music and giveaways. They take place on Tuesday, October 24th and Saturday, October 28th in South Austin.
The Texas Farmers Market will once again host its silent auction this fall, benefiting the nonprofit’s Farmer Assistance Fund and its BIPOC Farmer Scholarship. It runs from Monday 23 October to Sunday 19 November. It will end with SlicedA style food competition where participating chefs Philip Speer of Comedor and Colter Peck of Elementary will cook dishes based on previously unknown ingredients. It’s happening at the Mueller location at the farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m