Jack Allen's Kitchen coming to Cedar Park; Via 313 pizzeria coming to Round Rock and more March updates

Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)
Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)

Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)

Read business and community news from March from the Central Texas area.

Leander-Cedar Park

Jack Allen's Kitchen restaurant coming to Cedar Park

Jack Allen’s Kitchen is coming to Cedar Park.

The Austin-based restaurant’s fifth location will be located in the now-closed Logan’s Roadhouse building at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. The restaurant is expected to open in late summer.

Central Austin

Austin FC to hold watch party for 1,000 fans at Long Center for inaugural match

Austin FC and its fans will be able to watch the team’s first-ever match in history by the shores of Lady Bird Lake.

The newest Major League Soccer franchise announced March 22 it is hosting an official watch party at the Long Center for its April 17 debut game against Los Angeles FC.


Heirloom Custom Woodworking builds hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces

After searching for jobs with custom furniture makers in the area and coming up short, Mark Cramer said he decided to open his own business—Heirloom Custom Woodworking—in 2018 where he specializes in custom, hand-made large furniture pieces.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Texas Beef Traders opens in Lakeway offering customers a ranch-to-table experience

Texas Beef Traders opened March 16 in Lakeway Town Center at 2127 Lohmans Crossing Road, Ste. 310, Lakeway, offering customers a ranch-to-table experience. The family-owned shop sells locally sourced, high-quality beef products hand selected by nearby Hill Country ranchers.

New Braunfels

Jewelweed Esthetics now open in New Braunfels

Owner Michelle Hemminger has worked as a licensed esthetician for 25 years and offers advanced facials, full-body waxing and lash lifts. The new business also sells Eminence Organic Skin Care and Dermastart products.

Northwest Austin

Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls set to debut first storefront in The Domain later this spring

Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls will open its first storefront May 29 in the North Austin shopping center at 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 106, Austin. Owner Sianni Dean, a 22-year-old entrepreneur, last year moved the company from New Jersey to Austin in order to sell sweet rolls out of the kitchen at Midtown Live in East Austin.

Round Rock

Via 313 pizzeria to expand into Round Rock in 2021

Pizza lovers, rejoice: Via 313 will open a location at 2111 N. I-35, Ste. 380, Round Rock, next to Tumble 22.

The restaurant specializes in Detroit-style pies and serves pizza, salads, appetizers and desserts as well as houses a full bar, co-owner Brandon Hunt said.


Family-run Huahuasco Grill Mexican Cuisine serves up Southern Mexican flavors in Pflugerville

Jose Leon said it was always his mother Bertha’s dream to own a restaurant. Last March, that dream became a reality with the opening of Huahuasco Grill Mexican Cuisine in Pflugerville.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

AquaBrew Brewery & Beer Garden sets up shop at former Hops & Grain location in San Marcos

AquaBrew Brewery & Beer Garden, which celebrated five years in business March 16, has relocated to 110 E. MLK Drive, Ste. 130, San Marcos, at the former Hops & Grain location.

Southwest Austin

Torchy’s Tacos will open new South Austin location this fall

Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos will open a new restaurant in the Southpark Meadows area this fall.

According to Edible Inc., which is handling public relations for the taco chain, the company has leased a space at 8601 S. Congress Ave., Austin, adjacent to The Oaks at Slaughter H-E-B near the intersection of Slaughter Lane.

Taylor Girtman, Amy Rae Dadamo, Iain Oldman, Ali Linan, Lauren Canterberry, Kelsey Thompson, Brian Rash and Nicholas Cicale contributed to this report.


COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 129 new COVID-19 cases between May 10-12

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Capital Metro bus
Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

Capital Metro has increased the frequency of several bus routes for Austin FC game days at Q2 Stadium.

Auto Detail Pros
Auto Detail Pros moves to Leander from Northwest Austin

The business offers auto detailing, ceramic coating and paint protection film.

Dell Children's Medical Center North campus groundbreaking
Ascension Texas breaks ground on first children’s hospital in Williamson County

The 187,000-square-foot, four-story hospital is scheduled to open in November 2022 with 36 beds dedicated to emergency pediatric care.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Mike Harmon headshot
Cedar Park names Mike Harmon as new police chief

Mike Harmon has served as the interim police chief since Feb. 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Leander bookstore
Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences closing Leander bookshop

The Leander bookstore will close May 13 and relocate to Denton.

Sun City is located in Georgetown. (Courtesy Hunter Pontious)
Williamson County sees $14.6B year-over-year increase in taxable value

Chief Appraiser of Williamson Central Appraisal District Alvin Lankford presented preliminary Williamson County taxable values to the Commissioners Court on May 10.