Jane Ko, the founder of Austin’s original food and lifestyle blog A Taste of Koko, is using her platform to help a local restaurant get a leg up during the pandemic. Koko has teamed up with local restaurant 101 By Tea Haus on Airport Blvd. to host The Koko Pop-Up: a limited-time pop-up featuring menu items inspired by Taiwanese night markets, paying homage to Koko’s heritage while supporting a locally owned restaurant.
Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve had hundreds of restaurant owners and service industry reach out to me for help. I launched Hundred for Hospitality in late March, raising over $15,000 for local restaurants and providing thousands of meals to service industry workers. However, Asian restaurants have been hit the hardest during this pandemic so I felt this need to step up again. When I walked into 101 by Tea Haus and tried their food, I felt like I was back home in Taiwan and I want to share that experience with Austinites. I hope my pop-up will not only help our local restaurant industry but more importantly, break the stigma on Asian culture during this pandemic by having people enjoy Taiwanese food. For me, the best way to get to know a culture is through its food and I’m excited to share that experience through the Koko Pop-Up.”LOCAL BLOGGER, JANE KO
The Koko Pop-Up encourages visitors to “Eat, Drink + Be Happy.” The pop-up kicks off today, Thursday, October 8th, and will be running daily from 11:30 am to 8 pm.