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Obituary Watch: Jim Hasslocher, Founder of Jim’s Resteraunts, Dead at 93

A tiny morsel of restaurant news: Jim Hasslocher, the man who founded the Jim’s Restaurant chain, has died at 93. As far as mid-American chain restaurants that serve breakfast go, I like Jim’s a bit better than Denny’s, and there’s … Continue reading

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The Salt Lick Sues The Salt Lick

Dispatch from the BBQ Wars: Salt Lick BBQ is picking a legal fight with a Georgia company it claims is infringing on its name and reputation. In a lawsuit filed in Texas’ Western District U.S. Court, the Driftwood restaurant chain … Continue reading

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July 25, 2015: Hill’s Cafe

Hill’s Cafe 700 S Congress Ave (Austin, 78745) (512) 851-9300 Restroom Rating: 1.5 (Guys, when one soap dispenser is broken, and the other is off the wall and lying on the sinktop, your men’s room needs attention….) Lawrence’s Comments Hill’s … Continue reading

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Our Short Regional Nightmare May Be Approaching An End

Blue Bell ice cream to begin test production this week. Hip hip, hooray! If all goes well, they expect to have product back on store shelves by Labor Day. Also, billionaire Sid Bass has made a “significant investment” in Blue … Continue reading

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Don’t Order the Chong Chin Chicken at Asia Cafe

For twenty years worth of the Saturday Dining Conspiracy, I’ve had good dishes and bad, but never before until this past Saturday had I just sent a dish back as completely inedible. The Chong Chin Chicken was described as seasoned … Continue reading

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Blue Bell Recalls ALL Products

“Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products from the shelves after more ice cream samples tested positive for a life-threatening bacterial infection.” The voluntary decision, announced Monday, is the latest and most sweeping development to plague the … Continue reading

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Austin Quiznos Closings

Between Delaware Subs, Schlotzsky’s and Firehouse, I haven’t eaten at a Quiznos in quite a while. So it was a surprise for me to find that almost 3,000 Quiznos stores have closed and the company filed for bankruptcy protection last … Continue reading

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September 20, 2014: Pour House Pints and Pies

Pour House Pints And Pies 11835 Jollyville Rd (Austin, 78759) (512) 270-4740 Lawrence’s Comments This is essentially a sports bar that serves pizza. The pizza was pretty good (but could have used more cheese to hold our “four meats plus … Continue reading

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Artz Rib House Founder Art Blondin Dies

Longtime Austin restaurateur and champion of live music Art Blondin has died. An employee discovered Blondin upon arriving for work at Blondin’s Art’s Ribs & BBQ in Florence, Texas, on Saturday morning. An autopsy Monday will determine the cause of … Continue reading

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