Amy’s Ice Creams giving away free ice cream on Tuesday

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The free ice cream promotion does not include this Mystery Box Sundae from Amy’s Ice Creams, which has Mexican vanilla and blackberry ice cream, nuts, hot fudge and whipped cream. (Kristin Finan AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

If you’re driving around this afternoon and evening, you might see lines of wide-eyed folks sprouting up all over town.  Just ahead of one of the first cold fronts of the year, Amy’s Ice Creams will do that thing where they annually cause mild pandemonium, giving away a free tiny ice cream with a topping or a small ice cream with a crush’n or topping to guests from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Scarlet Rabbit in Round Rock is closing

Round Rock will soon say goodbye to the Scarlet Rabbit, according to Dahlia Dandashi of the Statesman. The “Alice in Wonderland” themed restaurant that was opened by Greenhouse Craft Food’s chef Rob Snow and chef Rich Taylor (formerly of Quality Seafood) in the summer of 2014. The restaurant located at 410 W. Main St. in downtown Round Rock will serve its final meal on Mother’s Day.

The puerco al pastor at The Scarlet Rabbit has achiote pineapple braised pork, sweet corn rice, 50/50 tortillas, cojita, pepitas, slaw, cilantro and onions for $16. CRISTINA PENA/ROUND ROCK LEADER

“Round Rock has been an amazing home to the Scarlet Rabbit and its staff for the last three years,” owner Rich Taylor said in a press release. “Soon, there will be a new project to take our place in this wonderful space, so there will still be fun and interesting things to do downtown.”


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Now open: Sprinkles cupcake bakery, home of the 24-hour cupcake ATM

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Just when you thought the cupcake craze was losing steam in Austin, along comes Los Angeles-based Sprinkles. The cupcake bakery from Candace Nelson, a judge on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” opened over the weekend at 3120 Palm Way in the Domain Northside. In addition selling 50 flavors of cupcakes baked in small batches throughout the day, cookies and ice cream, Sprinkles also has a 24-hour cupcake ATM that distributes cupcakes around the clock.