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

Events: Austin Oyster Festival, February 28

11:29 am Feb. 17, 2015

The third annual Austin Oyster Festival takes place February 28 at Carson Creek Ranch in East Austin. The event, helmed by Eddie V’s executive chef Chris Bauer, will feature raw, grilled, roasted and fried oysters,

Iguana Grill on Lake Travis closes

2:49 pm Feb. 16, 2015

Iguana Grill closed yesterday after 20 years in business. The Mexican restaurant that offered spectacular views was opened in June 1995 by Waterloo Ice House partners Scott Hentschel and Ted Karam and made a name

Launderette opens February 19

5:46 pm Feb. 13, 2015

Chefs Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki will open Launderette on February 19. The restaurant, currently hosting a few friends-and-family dinners, will eventually be an all-day café serving an eclectic mix of cuisine, with dishes

Fino closing at the end of March

1:42 pm Feb. 10, 2015

Emmett and Lisa Fox will close their Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Fino at the end of March. The culinary couple, who also own Asti in Hyde Park, opened the restaurant in 2005. The restaurant has proven a