Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina shutters, an update on the opening of Vincent's Sports Pub and 3 more things for South Austinites to know this week

Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina on Slaughter Lane appears to have closed. Its owner declined to confirm whether the restaurant will reopen.

Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina on Slaughter Lane appears to have closed. Its owner declined to confirm whether the restaurant will reopen.

The business landscape is shifting in South Austin, with one Tex-Mex eatery leaving and another moving in. Here's a few more things to know this week.



Meet the contractor who will oversee improvements to MoPac at Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue
On Friday, Jan. 12, residents will have a chance to meet the contractor who will improve MoPac at the intersections of Slaughter Lane and LaCrosse Avenue.

TxDOT invites the public to visit with team members from Webber, the group hired for construction, to learn more about the project. Work on the project is scheduled to begin this month.

The informal gathering will take place at the Circle C Community Center located at 7817 La Crosse Ave., Austin, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 12. Residents are encouraged to stop by at their convenience.






We Are Blood in critical need of Type O blood
We Are Blood is experiencing a critical blood shortage and is in need of donations, especially blood types O and O-negative, according to organization officials.

A recent press released stated donations during the holiday season were lower than anticipated, placing the Central Texas blood supply at a “dangerously low” level. Over 40 hospitals and medical facilities in a 10-county area depend on the supply of blood provided by We Are Blood. Donations are being accepted at any of the three We Are Blood physical locations or at various mobile drives.

 






Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden opens today on South Congress Avenue
Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden will open today, Jan. 8, at 121 Pickle Road, Austin.

The coffee and craft cocktail bar will be housed on an acre of green space and will feature a certified wildlife habitat, an herb and vegetable garden and a chicken coop.






Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina on Slaughter Lane appears to be closed
Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina South, located at 5900 Slaughter Lane, Ste. 550, Austin, closed Dec. 24, according to a manager, and does not appear to have reopened since. The owner declined to comment or confirm whether the restaurant is closed permanently. Torchy’s Tacos has confirmed plans to open a location in the same building.





Vocal neighborhood and environmental attorney enters race for Austin's District 8 City Council seat
Bobby Levinski, an environmental and neighborhood organization attorney who has been vocal in the CodeNEXT debates, officially filed for candidacy in Austin’s District 8 City Council seat race last week.

Levinski currently works as a staff attorney for the environmental nonprofit organization Save our Springs Alliance, where he has been vocal on issues such as CodeNEXT—the rewrite of the city’s land development code—and the possibility of Dripping Springs effluent discharge into Onion Creek.

Levinski joins Paige Ellis and Christopher Sexton as filed challengers for the District 8 City Council seat, currently held by Ellen Troxclair.






Permitting woes lead to 6-month delay in Vincent's Sports Pub opening
Vincent’s Sports Pub, the latest project from the owners of Moontower Saloon, has been pushed back until May due to city of Austin permitting delays, according to owner Josh Bumb. Once completed, the 2,499-square-foot pub, located in the Brodie Marketplace at 8916 Brodie Lane, Austin, will feature leather and wood accents, a large outdoor patio, Americana-style food and several TVs for patrons to enjoy sporting events.


By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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