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Lutie's Austin dining room. Photo courtesy of Lutie's

The redeveloped Commodore Perry Estate, tucked in Hyde Park off of Red River Street, is worth the wait if you're lucky enough to snag a reservation.

Driving the news: The historic mansion, designed in 1928 for cotton businessman Edgar "Commodore" Perry, was transformed into a boutique hotel and membership club last year.

🌿 Take a walk through the stunning garden, which features 11,000 square feet of manicured bushes, pops of pink flowers and a marble fountain. Don't miss the pool on the western edge of the lawn, dotted with bright yellow umbrellas and chairs.

🥂 Sip on a cocktail at Lutie's Austin, the hotel's jewel box dining room. Try the Indigo Kick for a taste of the waning days of summer: vanilla-infused vodka, blackberry basil shrub, local honey, lemon and ginger beer.

The estate bread and salad at Lutie's Austin. Photo: Nicole Cobler/Axios

Lutie's menu is made up of shareable plates. I started with the estate bread — a salty, crunchy outside gives way to a warm and fluffy center. The bread is paired with a layered brown and cultured butter mixture (probably my favorite part of the meal). I added a salad with grapefruit, goat cheese and fennel.

  • For the main course, I shared the Yonder Way Farm pork with pickled cabbage and creamer peas.
  • For dessert, try the beeswax creme caramel with burnt honey.

You probably won't immediately find a reservation on OpenTable because seats are booked solid for the next three months.

  • Pro tip: I set alerts for multiple days and happened to glance at my phone when a table magically opened.

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A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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