Food Truck Friday
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange at 1930 E. Grant Road is getting in on the local food-truck action with a festival from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. Store officials tell us Animal Farm, MaFooCo, Street Delights, Pin Up Pastries, Seis Curbside Kitchen and many other food trucks will be there. The event will also feature a screening of Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, A Day's Pleasure and Sunnyside. Those attending the movies are asked to bring their own chairs. Admission is free; www.bookmans.com.
New: Chocolate Fox
The new chocolate business Chocolate Fox at 270 E. Congress St. is open, and there was even a basket of samples out on a recent evening. The shop, located behind Hub Restaurant and Creamery, deals only in the highest quality of chocolate, and donates all the money made to local charities. There is no retail space in the tiny 200-square-foot shop, but the artisan chocolates are currently available at Hub, and the plan is to make them available through the shop's small back window during special events like 2nd Saturdays; www.chocolatefox.com.
Another Paradise Bakery and Café
Another Paradise Bakery and Café location is opening in what used to be Austin's Old Fashioned Ice Cream at 6129 E. Broadway Blvd. The new location is being designed in the same manner as the store that opened on the corner of Oracle and Wetmore roads last year. There will be seating for 90 inside, and room for 40 more in the patio area. Expect the same extensive menu of baked goods alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings galore. The new location is expected to open in late March.
Expect to see some fresh herbs showing up at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails at 135 S. Sixth Ave., thanks to a freshly planted garden near the parking lot. ... Don Pedro's Peruvian Bistro at 3386 S. Sixth Ave. has a new lunch menu. ... 1702, the beer pub at 1702 E. Speedway Blvd., has started brewing its own beer; there was one house-made porter on the menu on a recent visit. ... There's a new juice bar at Sonora Sno-Cones at Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida del Convento. ... A new Filipino restaurant called Adobo Island has opened at 2023 S. Craycroft Road. More next week.