🌱 Desert Door Residency Winners + Two New Restaurants in Austin

Hey, Austin! We’re catching up with you all to start this Thursday, March 31 on an enlightened note. These are the most important things happening today in Austin.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny and pleasant. High: 81 Low: 53.


Here are today’s top stories in Austin:

  1. Big Medium and Desert Door Texas Sotol have announced a open call for second annual Desert Door residency “earlier this year”, and recently three winners were announced, and all are from Austin! Local artists are Jieun Beth, Elizabeth Hudson and Jesus Trevino, who “will each receive a $1,000 stipend and complete a week-long residency at the Desert Door Ranch in West Texas.” Additionally, a group exhibition of their work “will take place in November during the citywide Austin Studio Tour event.” For more information on each of the artists, please visit: (glass tire)
  2. Two new restaurants, Austin’s Gray Market and Diner Bar Austin owned by Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano, opened in downtown San Antonio recently this spring. The Gray Market “is a fast-casual food outlet that offers groceries as well as grab-and-go items like po’boys and fried chicken.” The Diner, which opened in Savannah, “offers dishes such as roasted whole king salmon browned with mashed sunflower seeds, as seen in the original,” but “recalibrated with redfish and heat hot peppers in his Austin outpost”. The Gray Market is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the Diner Bar is open Monday through Sunday with breakfast hours from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. located at 501 Brazos Street. For more visit: (austin monthly)
  3. “SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners,” recently named Harlow Beauty and Hair Salon, located at 6009 Burnet Road, one of 200 companies in SALON TODAY! SALON TODAY 200 is “a landmark competition that brings together industry performance data, creates a forum for owners to share business best practices, and celebrates salons for their business acumen.” This year’s focus has been on “recovering to business in 2021 and rebuilding efforts for 2022”, due to the challenges small businesses have faced over the past two years due to COVID-19 . In February, this year’s winners were announced through SALON TODAY’s online announcements and social media, and they were also featured in their Spring 2022 publication issue. On Sunday, May 15, “the winners will be celebrated in Nashville…at an awards dinner at the Data-Driven Salon Summit, a hands-on, peer-driven experience that provides insight into benchmark data and best practices to help salons identify new opportunities commercial.” For more information and to make an appointment in Harlow visit: (EIN News)

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  • The Austin Central Library, located at 710 W. César Chávez St., will be closed to the public Thursday, March 31 until 2 p.m. If you need library services earlier in the day, please visit one of our other amazing branches at https://library.austintexas.gov/locations.” (Facebook)
  • Do you like looking for clues and solving puzzles? So join our Hancock team as we journey through a virtual escape room! Help us figure out how to escape before time runs out! The free event is aimed at 11-14 year olds and will take place on Friday, April 29. Register on austintexas.gov/parksonline and for more information call 512-978-2335.” (Facebook)
  • Austin Parks and Recreation is hiring now lifeguards 15+ and summer camp staff 16+! Earn over $15 an hour plus a $500 Summer Completion Bonus! Summer camp staff may choose to work for outdoor nature adventure camps (which include kayaking, biking and rock climbing), cultural and arts camps, inclusion and adaptation programs and summer playground camps. Opportunities with the Aquatic Department include cashiers, swim instructors, pool lifeguards, and open water lifeguards that start at $16.25 per hour. Learn more and apply today at austintexas.gov/summerjobs.” (Facebook)

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Gabriela Couvillion

About me: I am a working mother of two adult sons and a lifelong resident of San Antonio. I received a BA in Spanish from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and in my free time I immerse myself in creative writing. Thanks for reading Patch, and please let us know if you have any news and events that our readers might enjoy!

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