IMPACT ROUNDUP: Eco-friendly hotel concept opens 50th location near The Domain

The Chick-Fil-A at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane was demolished March 7. Franchise owner Jeff Glover said a larger and more efficient location will be built and reopen in late summer. The Chick-Fil-A at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane was demolished March 7. Franchise owner Jeff Glover said a larger and more efficient location will be built and reopen in late summer.[/caption]

Home2 Suites by Hilton opened its newest hotel April 16 near The Domain and TopGolf Austin, bringing its eco-friendly concept to extended stay guests.

Director of Sales Emily Tittle said many items, including the carpet, flooring in the gym and even the chairs, are made from recycled materials. Each of the hotel's 135 suites has its own recycling bin, and the hotel also has solar panels.

"Our concept is innovative, modern and bright," Tittle said. "We want our guests to feel like they can live here and feel comfortable."

Amenities include an outdoor patio with a firepit, saline pool, gym, free laundry services and complimentary breakfast. Tittle said the hotel has partnered with TopGolf to offer guests room service through TopGolf's kitchen.

The hotel chain is planning a grand opening celebration May 21 to celebrate the concept's 50th location. General Manager David Bohac said all Home2 Suites employees will participate in a day of giving called 50 Acts of Kindness. Employees at the new Domain location will volunteer with Keep Austin Beautiful.

For more information call 512-339-2400 or visit www.austinnorthnearthedomain.home2suites.com.

Other Impacts


NOW OPEN—Memory-care provider Autumn Leaves celebrated its grand opening April 15 of its first location in the Austin area at 10025 Anderson Mill Road.

The facility has 46 beds and 42 patient rooms with four themes, such as western and gardens. Autumn Leaves provides care for residents who have Alzheimer's disease, dementia or other forms of memory impairment. The 27,803-square-foot facility has two dining rooms, a salon, kitchen, family room and courtyard. Families of residents have keycard access 24/7 and may eat with residents at no extra cost. 512-487-5243. www.autumnleaves.com/communities/northwest-austin

CLOSED—Chick-fil-A's location at 10901 Research Blvd. at Braker Lane temporarily closed March 7 for demolition. The restaurant will be rebuilt with a larger and more energy-efficient facility. Franchise owner Jeff Glover said he plans to reopen in late summer. www.chick-fil-a.com/brakerlane
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.