Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Live Oak Barbecue closing

4:46 pm Jan. 29, 2015

East Austin’s Live Oak Barbecue is closing. Saturday will be the last day of service at the restaurant that opened in 2011. Owner Randall Stockton, who also owns Beerland and Sputnik on East Sixth Street,

Cat cafe coming to Austin?

3:37 pm Jan. 28, 2015

Austinite Rebecca Gray is trying to raise money for a cat café. What the? No, it’s not a café where the customers are cats. And it’s not a place that serves cats. (Thankfully.)

The Blue Cat

Counter 3 Five VII hires pastry chef

11:54 am Jan. 28, 2015

Counter 3 Five VII hired Sarah Prieto to serve as the upcoming restaurant’s pastry chef. Prieto arrives at the Congress Avenue restaurant from Uchiko, where she was pastry lead. The French Culinary Institute graduate has

Now open: Gourdough’s Public House Downtown

4:22 pm Jan. 27, 2015

Gourdough’s Public House opened at 209 W. Fifth St. this week. The donuts specialists got their start in a trailer on South Lamar Boulevard before moving to South First and then opened a trailer near

Italian restaurant Juliet coming to Barton Springs Road

11:10 am Jan. 27, 2015

Italian restaurant Juliet plans to open in mid-spring at 1500 Barton Springs Rd. The restaurant, housed in the former Romeo’s and Umami Mia Pizzeria space, will be helmed by executive chef Jacob Weaver. The Corpus