New Austin Pizzeria Hires Exclusively Via Snapchat

East Austin is a place of controversy these days. If it’s not landlords demolishing their tenants’ pinata shops without warning and calling the business owners “cockroaches,” it’s anti-gentrification pranksters putting “exclusively for white people” stickers on local businesses. And if it’s neither of those things, then it’s this: A pizza place is hiring its staff exclusively via Snapchat

In a listing spotted by eagle-eyed Eater Austin editor Meghan McCarron, forthcoming East Austin pizza joint Pizzabelli has taken to Craigslist not to actually recruit the staff that will serve what they claim will be “the largest selection of toppings, crust, prosecco and Italian cocktails in the country,” but merely to inform prospective pizzamakers and servers that if they want a job that will presumably pay them somewhere in the neighborhood of what every other friggin’ restaurant pays, they need to apply by sending a video to the company’s Snapchat account

SXSW 2015: Meet Some Faces Of The SXSW Economy

Taylor Mowrey Burge and her husband, Austin Burge, are having a baby in September. That’s an expensive proposition for anyone, but especially for people who work in the service industry. Taylor works with Coté Catering. Austin runs a coffee business that sets up shop at farmer’s markets and other events, and he does landscaping on the side—and they’re going to pay for all of their baby-related expenses with money that they make during SXSW. 

“Next week, I’m going to write a check to our midwife to pay for everything up front,” Taylor says as she walks down Sixth Street to a space above El Sol Y La Luna that, for an 8-day stretch of SXSW, is the Camel Lounge. “Otherwise, we’d be setting up a payment plan.”

SXSW 2015: The State of the Brands

As the substantial roar of SXSW Interactive and SXSW Film give way to the sustained, yowling, five-day-long, banshee-like shriek that is SXSW Music, the question, “Is SXSW 2015 a tipping point for the festival” starts to sound downright silly. Take a look at the streets of Austin, which have been packed for the past four days and will only get busier over the next five, and the question really becomes, “Does it even matter?” Kanye’s coming back, y’all—how can SXSW’s health be in question when you’ve got Kanye? 

Blue Bell Issued a Recall After Three Deaths Were Linked to the Brenham Creamery

Bacteria found on a single production line in Blue Bell’s Brenham creamery has been linked to five illnesses, resulting in three deaths, that have occurred over the past year in a Kansas hospital. As a result, Blue Bell issued the first recall in the company’s 108-year history on Saturday.

The bacteria that was found on the production line in Brenham is called Listeria monocytogene, which is usually transmitted through contaminated food, especially dairy products. The illness it causes is called listeriosis, which developed in the five patients. The Blue Bell outbreak is the first one of 2015.

The five reported cases of listeriosis all occurred in a single hospital, Via Christi, in Wichita, Kansas, and all of the infected patients were older adults, a group at higher risk of severe listeriosis complications. Each of the affected patients was already in the hospital for unrelated issues, and symptoms of the bacterial infection started developing between January 2014 and January 2015, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control.

The Alamo Drafthouse Will Allow Select Teenagers to Attend Without a Parent, Starting This Year

As the Alamo Drafthouse’s plans for expansion continue, the Austin-based chain is in the process of adding theaters in Corpus Christi, Laredo, and El Paso—which would bring the number of Texas cities they’re in to nine. And part of the expansion process involves maintaining the theater’s famously strict rules: no texting, no talking, and no seating if you arrive late for a screening. 

One rule they’re abandoning, though, is the strict eighteen-and-up age policy. While teenagers have been restricted from visiting the Drafthouse without a parent since the company’s inception, a thread on Reddit earlier this year changed the company’s perspective on its no-teens policy.

Is GameStop the Next RadioShack?

The death of RadioShack was a long time coming. Seemingly every year the company didn’t go bankrupt was a surprise, at least since 2005, when market forces and shifting consumer behavior sent the company spinning through CEOs at a breakneck pace (six in ten years). The writing on the wall was clear: if one-time retail behemoths like Borders, Blockbuster, and Circuit City can’t compete with online retailers, how on earth could there still be a friggin’ RadioShack? 

Austin Tech Bros From #BeSomebody Are Losing the Fight They Picked Against Local High School Students

The Austin tech start-up #BeSomebody—stylized like that, with the hashtag in the name—is built around an idea that makes a certain amount of sense. The company makes an app (with the same name as the company) that, when you cut through a bit of gibberish about “passionaries” and “finding your passion” and stuff, offers an attractive interface for connecting people who are interested in learning something with people who can teach them that thing. It’s like a prettier Craigslist for things like tuba lessons.

Is that a million-dollar idea? Well, considering that someone literally gave them a million dollars to pursue it last year, we would be forced to say yes. However, just because the company was able to secure seven figures in seed funding doesn’t mean that the message and worldview presented by its leadership is going to resonate universally.

Whatever Happened to the San Antonio Raiders?

It was late July, and the sun was shining in Texas. The NFL season was still months away from starting, and the snark was heavy that the Texans would be terrible once more. As for the Cowboys, nobody expected so much as a winning season, let alone a deep playoff run. It was, in other words, the perfect time for speculating that the new favorite team of everybody who donned the Spurs’ silver and black would be the NFL’s Raiders, whom the San Antonio Express-News had revealed were in what appeared to be serious talks to relocate their franchise to the Alamo City. 

But that was July, and this is February, and the latest plans out of the Raiders franchise suggest that, despite the reasonable argument that San Antonio was ready to host an NFL franchise, the city was once again just a bargaining chip. Always the pro sports bridesmaid, never the pro sports bride. So San Antonio’s bid to lay claim to the silver-and-black jewel of the NFL appears to be dead. What happened? 

Demolished East Austin Piñata Shop Is the New Center of Austin's Gentrification Debate

The gentrification of East Austin is a well-told story and hot-button subject. The 1928 Austin master plan placed most residents of color on the east side of the city (beyond what is now I-35). The current property tax structure in Texas, however, makes it difficult for longtime residents to keep their homes as taxes go up while wages don’t. And the basic cultural forces that have made hipster havens out of neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, in Dallas, and Lower Westheimer, in Houston, are at play. 

Elefant Press

One of the many posters hanging in the Deep Ellum studio of Elefant Press says it all: “Art Is Work.” The quote—from famed graphic designer Milton Glaser—rings especially true as Fernando Gonzalez moves about his shop, hand-cranking the Vandercook printing press again and again or mixing ink to get the perfect Pantone shade. Gonzalez, a former ad-agency art director, got his start in letterpress printing in 2010, with a small tabletop press in his apartment.


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