P. Terry's Taco Ranch opens on Hwy. 290, city historic landmark commission approves demolition of Graffiti Park in Central Austin and more for South Austinites to know this week

P. Terry's Taco Ranch opened in South Austin Jan. 24 and announced that it will now be serving beer and margaritas.

P. Terry's Taco Ranch opened in South Austin Jan. 24 and announced that it will now be serving beer and margaritas.

On Monday, the city's historic landmark commission approved the demolition of a popular tourist attraction in Central Austin known colloquially as "Graffiti Park." Here are a few more things to know this week.



P. Terry's Taco Ranch now open in South Austin
P. Terry’s Taco Ranch opened Jan. 24 at 5033 W. Hwy. 290, Austin. Everything from the queso and guacamole to the tortillas and salsa are made from scratch in the on-site kitchen, according to owner Patrick Terry.






Austin's Historic Landmark Commission unanimously approves demolition of Graffiti Park
On Monday, Jan. 29, the Historic Landmark Commission unanimously approved the demolition of the concrete walls and slabs at Graffiti Park with a vote of 8-0. The item provoked no discussion from the commissioners.

The graffiti-smothered area, officially known as the HOPE Outdoor Gallery, opened in 2011 to muralists following a South-by-Southwest event. The concrete walls and slabs that evolved into a public canvas were leftovers from a failed multifamily development from the 1980s.

According to a press release sent out late last year, the HOPE Outdoor Gallery will move to 9507 Sherman Road, on Carson Creek Ranch in east Austin, close to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport—a considerable distance from its current central Austin location.






Capital Metro approves president/CEO contract, new leader starts March 7
The new leader of the Capital Metro transit agency starts his job March 7, just in time for one of the city’s largest events, the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals, which runs March 9-18.

Capital Metro’s board of directors approved a contract with Randy Clarke on Jan. 29 to serve as general manager and president/CEO with a base salary of $285,000.






Sky Cinemas celebrates soft opening week with free popcorn, discounted food specials and more
Sky Cinemas, a 14-screen theater that offers blockbuster and art house films, opened Jan. 26 in Belterra Village,166 Hargraves Drive, Ste. A100, Austin. To celebrate the theater’s soft opening week, guests who purchase a movie ticket between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1 will be treated to a complimentary small popcorn and soft drink. Discounted food will also be available.






Be on the lookout for 10 stories to follow in 2018 as part of our Annual Community Guide
Over the weekend, mailboxes across South and Southwest Austin were filled with Community Impact Newspaper's January edition and the inaugural Annual Community Guide.

In this edition, readers can review stories that made headlines in 2017 as well as those that are slated to have major updates in 2018.

 


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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