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

Gardner closing, will reopen soon as new concept, Chicon

10:56 am Feb. 16, 2016

East Austin restaurant Gardner will close on March 11, as partners Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart change their restaurant’s concept.

The veggie-centric fine dining restaurant will morph into Chicon, a more casual establishment akin to

Fact: Austinites will pay to have a cat café

2:00 pm Apr. 13, 2015

We first wrote about the possibility of a cat café coming to Austin back in January.

Since then, Austinite Rebecca Gray, the cat lover behind the idea, has pedicabbed during SXSW, sold T-shirts on the street and started a Kickstarter to raise money.

As of yesterday, she has reached her Kickstarter’s base financial goals, making Austin cat lovers’ dreams that much more real.