5 Lunchtime Links: Dog show favorites

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Rumor, a German shepherd, is shown in the ring during the Herding group competition during the 140th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rumor won the best in Herding group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

1. Who is favored in tonight’s dog show?

Which of the some 200 breeds of dogs participating in Tuesday night’s Westminster Kennel Club dog show will come out on top? Tune in tonight to watch all kinds of purebreds strut their stuff, including German Shepherd Rumor — currently ranked America’s No. 1 show dog. Only one German shepherd has ever won Westminster, but Rumor has 101 best in show titles under her belt… er, collar. She isn’t without tough competition however: Toy winner Panda the shih tzu and nonsporting champ Annabelle the bulldog promise no easy defeat.

2. Uchi group rebranding, bringing new concept to Austin.

The Uchi Restaurant Group has changed its name to Hai Hospitality and announced it will introduce a new concept to South Lamar next year. The group has not yet released any details about the new restaurant, but has already ventured outside of sushi and fine dining with the opening of restaurant Top Knot in Dallas earlier this month. The group’s new name comes from the Japanese word “hai” which translates to “heard.”

3. North West takes a stand.

Although her mother’s daughter, North West is not interested in releasing a book of selfies anytime soon. In fact, an Instagram video Kim Kardashian posted for all of her 60.6 million followers shows a defiant West demanding her mother put down the camera. “No pictures!” the toddler yells while reclining, clad in a fur coat. Considering the moment was taped and posted online, we don’t expect Kardashian is heeding her daughter’s request anytime soon.

4. Texas Craft Beer Club brings craft beer to your door.

It’s sort of like Birchbox or any other monthly delivery subscription, except it’s beer. The Texas Craft Beer Club sends four different beers from two different breweries to the front door of its subscribers each month. The beer-of-the-month club started by friends Marc Atnipp and Rob Banzhaf will also deliver beer merchandise, like koozies, and hopes to provide subscribers with beers they “might not run into on a regular basis.” The club has gained almost 300 members within its first month of business.

5. Gardner to close, reopen as new concept.

Veggie-specializing Gardner will close March 11 while owner Ben Edgerton and chef Andrew Wiseheart transform their restaurant into Chicon, a more casual establishment similar to their first restaurant Contigo. Chicon’s menu will be released later in March. Wisehart said the pair are excited to “make food for the every day,” and create a neighborhood-friendly restaurant. Chicon will have an outdoor patio and expand on Contigo’s ranch aesthetic.


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