Where did the ‘Ugly Betty’ cast party in Austin? (No really, where?)

The cast of "Ugly Betty" at the Ugly Betty Reunion After Party presented with Entertainment Weekly sponsored by Toyota at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
The cast of “Ugly Betty” at the Ugly Betty Reunion After Party presented with Entertainment Weekly sponsored by Toyota at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Update: One reader, who was there to see the photo taken, says the “Ugly Betty” cast is eating at Roaring Fork in America Ferrera’s tweet. Cheers!

Earlier: Austin welcomed more than a hundred television actors, writers, directors and producers this weekend for the annual ATX Television Festival, which celebrates the medium, its history and where its headed. But even in the midst of all that celebration, a star’s got to eat.

Couldn’t they do us a favor and at least tag what Austin restaurant they visited, though? The cast of “Ugly Betty” were reunited this weekend and, going by their numerous posts on social media, they had a great time. Yet none of them marked where they were. Going off of photos, we’re almost certain they took this picture at Parkside.

And maybe we just don’t dine at the same places as the rich and famous, but we couldn’t figure out where they were in these photos either.

While the “Ugly Betty” cast’s Austin adventure remains a bit of a mystery, more courteous stars shared the names of where they ate on social media. The cast of FX’s show “Rescue Me,” which includes Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi and Andrea Roth, dined at the upscale Jeffrey’s.

“State of Grace” actress Mae Whitman sipped on a Bloody Mary downtown at South Congress Cafe. 

Comedian Jim Gaffigan and the cast of “Night Shift” dove into the Austin barbecue scene. 

And following President Obama’s lead, “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal made his first stop at Torchy’s Tacos.


For Mother’s Day, we ask University of Texas students – Why do you love your mom?

This week was a busy one for University of Texas students – Friday was the last day of classes, finals are approaching and many are spending Sunday with their mothers. We took to the University of Texas of campus to ask people #WhyMom.



Freshman psychology major Daniel Spomer said he is thankful for his mother’s support, especially by letting him pursue the degree of his choice.


IMG_9332Weslie Onsando, a graduate student originally from Kenya, is studying film production at UT. Onsando admires her mother’s selflessness.


IMG_6679Freshman advertising major Matthew Johnson wanted to thank his mother Michelle for her constant support.


IMG_9330Graduating senior Areesha Ajani loves her mother’s strength and the example she sets for her. Ajani is a corporate communications major who will be working for Aon Consulting in Houston.


IMG_6676Andrew Bain, 21, will graduate in two weeks and head to medical school in Houston. Bain said his mother’s supportive nature is what he loves most about her.


Timothy Cole is a senior linebacker for the University of Texas football team. Cole wanted to thank his mother for her patience throughout his life. Cole is planning to attend graduate school to study advertising in the fall.

We ask people at Eeyore’s Birthday – why do you love Austin?

After a night of thunder and lightning, the sun came out just in time on Saturday for Eeyore’s Birthday. The annual festival in Pease Park featured live music, face painting and costumes. Locals, families and weekend visitors had plenty to say about why they love Austin.


College student Megan Hicks attends Texas State University in San Marcos but said she spends most of her time in Austin. Hicks and a group of friends were attending the festival for the first time.



A maypole is set up at the beginning of the festival.



Carly Suhr was enjoying the warm weather with Hicks. Suhr, 19, said she loves Austin because there is always something fun to do.



Abby Slatton, who is studying to be an aesthetician, likes the attitude of Austinites. Slatton and her friends were excited to watch the drum circles (below) that Eeyore’s Birthday is known for.





Garrett Rogers was taking in the sights and sounds of the festival for the first time. Rogers, who works in heating and air conditioning, enjoys the people he meets in Austin.



David Rodriguez attended Eeyore’s Birthday for the third time this year. Rodriguez said he cannot get enough of the food in Austin and that his favorite restaurant is Kebabalicious.



The 53rd annual Eeyore’s Birthday was  just one of the many things to do around Austin this weekend and part of what makes Christopher Marshall love the city so much.





Barbie Jabri (second from right) has been in Austin for eight years and is trying to convince her friends to move here. Jabri enjoys soaking up the warm, sunny weather the city is known for.


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We ask people at Zilker Park – why do you love Austin?

By Cody McCrary — Special to the American-Statesman

During our gorgeous spring weather, Zilker Park is an Austin staple for locals and visitors of the nature-friendly city. We went out to Zilker to ask people what their favorite thing is about Austin in our new #whyaustin series.


Taylor Skinner, a 22-year-old University of Texas student, takes her dog Tinsley to play at Zilker Park several times a week. Skinner, who was born and raised in Austin, said she enjoys the dog-friendly nature of the city and the food scene.



Mia Foos was spending the day flying kites with her daughter and said she loves that Austin is so kid friendly. Foos, who is pregnant with her second child, was due the day after we spoke with her.



Erin Beck and Macey Taylor said they like Austin because it is such a culturally diverse city that still maintains a small-town feel. Beck moved to Austin from Florida three years ago and works in sales at the Driskill Hotel. Taylor is an executive assistant at Kasasa, a wholesale financial services company headquartered in Austin.



Spencer Young, who attends Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, was in town taking in the sights and sounds of South by Southwest. The 17-year-old was enjoying the warm weather and playing guitar with some friends.




Lilith Chenaux, who was visiting from Houston, said the Zilker Dog Park is her favorite thing about Austin. Chenaux works at an animal shelter and was spending her day with her sister and her dog Pixie.



Amanda Costanzo was watching her sister’s dogs, Mabel and Ginger, while spending the day at Zilker. Costanzo, who works at the Whole Foods at the Domain, said she loves how cultured Austin has become in recent years.