We had many peaceful mornings at the old Azul coffee shop in East Austin. Til one morning when we related the sombre news that TJ’s Seafood was being consumed by fire as we’d rode by on the way to get our morning cup.

The lady who owned the coffee shop burst into laughter and made a joke about how it was probably from the greasy fryers.

That left a bad taste in our mouth. Azul closed years ago and was followed by Shuck Shack, a rare failure from the tigress of Rainey Street, Bridget Dunlap.

Now Kathryn Weatherup is preparing to open a branch of her Weatherup bars in the lovely old structure.

Expect craft cocktails and perhaps some seafood and beef on the menu. Let’s hope she hires an Austin chef to guide her through the foodways of Central Texas with a capable hand.

To wit: there had better be queso on the menu and we want our totopos fried from scratch tortillas.

Bridget Dunlap http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/9/22/Austin-Daily-PhotoSpy-Edition-Bar-IlegalMaximn-Patron-Saint-Of-Gamblers-And-Drunks-9232011

report on Weatherup http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/kathryn-weatherups-new-east-austin-bar-is-dead-serious-about-your-cocktails-and-the-ice-that-keeps-them-cold/

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