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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

City officials, financiers, foreign dignitaries, beer aficionados and possibly a princess will be rubbing elbows this weekend at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Mort Subite, a new downtown pub – and recipient of help from the city’s Family Business Loan Program – that promises to be Austin’s “only Belgium beer pub with imported and hard-to-find Belgium brews,” according to an announcement from the city about the event. As must be true for any Belgian-style pub worth its salt, the guest list for the dedication ceremony includes Didier Reynders, Belgium’s deputy prime minister and minister of foreign and European affairs, who is in town with Belgium’s Princess Astrid on a “mission to develop trade ties between Belgium and Texas,” according to the city’s announcement. Reynders will be speaking at the ceremony, as will Mort Subite’s Jim Houchins, Kevin Johns of the city’s Economic Development Department and Shasi Wilson of ABC Bank. The schmoozing begins on Sunday at 4 p.m. and takes place at Mort Subite, 308 Congress Ave.

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