Business openings and more: Latest community news from Central Texas

Fuego Latino Gastropub is relocating from Round Rock to Georgetown in August. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fuego Latino Gastropub is relocating from Round Rock to Georgetown in August. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fuego Latino Gastropub is relocating from Round Rock to Georgetown in August. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

New Latin restaurant coming to Georgetown Square

Fuego Latino Gastropub is coming to the Georgetown Square in August. The restaurant is relocating from Round Rock and will be located at 704 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, replacing Greenhouse Craft Food, which permanently closed its Georgetown location May 4.

Salt Lick BBQ temporarily closes Driftwood restaurant after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Salt Lick BBQ announced June 6 that its Driftwood location at 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, will be closed temporarily after an employee who was working at the restaurant June 5 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Austin restaurants look toward post-pandemic future at Kitchen United Mix on Burnet Road

Kitchen United started in 2018 in Pasadena, California, and now has four additional locations—Chicago; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Austin. Joy Lai, Kitchen United's chief marketing officer, said the model helps restaurants looking to offset the loss of dine-in business by expanding takeout, but this change in the way people eat started long before the pandemic.

Here are black-owned restaurants to support in Northwest Austin

Would you like to support restaurants and dining establishments owned by black proprietors in Northwest Austin? Here is a list of local restaurants for you to buy from.

Circle C based McLane Family Dental has been open for 10 years

McLane Family Dental celebrates 10 years in the Southwest Austin community in June.

Austin Gastroenterology opens new endoscopy center

Austin Gastroenterology opened a new endoscopy center June 5 at 3944 S. RM 620, Bee Cave.

KO's Cafe expands to offer family-style meals to Dripping Springs community

KO's Cafe, the in-house eatery at Hospital Housekeeping Systems, expanded to offer meals to the wider Dripping Springs community in March.

Paddywax Candle Bar closes North Austin location in Domain Northside

Do-it-yourself candle shop Paddywax Candle Wax closed its location in Domain Northside at 3210 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. 110, Austin, according to the company's website.

UPDATE: Georgetown's Palace Theatre reschedules 'Grease' showing

The Palace Theatre has rescheduled its planning showing of "Grease" out of respect for scheduled protests over the weekend, the theater announced June 5.

The screening of the film will now be held June 13 and 14, it said.

New Braunfels parks to reopen playground facilities June 5, Landa Aquatic Complex June 10

In accordance with the latest safety guidelines issued by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Report to Open Texas, New Braunfels reopened playground, playscape facilities and additional park amenities on June 5.

EVO Entertainment Group taking over former Sky Cinemas in Dripping Springs

Sky Cinemas, which permanently closed May 18 at 166 Hargraves St., Ste. A100, Dripping Springs, will reopen July 1 as EVO Cinemas.

Nonprofit Helping Hands of Georgetown opens permanent location

Previously working remote and mobile in vans, Helping Hand of Georgetown opened a permanent location June 1. The nonprofit provides basic services including food, clothing, an introduction to avenues of employment and connections to available social services for the underserved, working poor and homeless in Georgetown, according to its website.

LIST: Here are black-owned businesses you can support in Georgetown

Would you like to support black-owned businesses in your community but do not know how? Here are some local businesses in Georgetown.

Nicholas Cicale, Iain Oldman, Jack Flagler, Ali Linan, Amy Rae Dadamo, Olivia Aldridge and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.


Crawfish season,  from mid-January through June, is the busiest time at Shoal Creek Saloon. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shoal Creek Saloon brings a piece of New Orleans to Austin

COVID-19 has dealt the Shoal Creek Saloon a blow, but owner Ray Canfield is hanging in there and said he was prepared for a disaster. He just thought it would be another flood, not a virus.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended for emergency authorization use by FDA

This is the third COVID-19 vaccine that has been approved for emergency authorization use after those produced by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company Moderna.

Josh Frank, owner of Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in for more than a decade, holds up a Blue Starlite-branded mask. (Photo by Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Long-time Austin theater Blue-Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In takes on new life in pandemic

Drive-in theater Blue Starlite found itself in a unique position in 2020: After more than 10 years as a small business “just getting by,” demand for drive-in movies exploded, owner Josh Frank said.

The University of Texas Radio-Television-Film department will be offering virtual camps this summer. (Courtesy The University of Texas)
2021 Central Austin summer camp guide: 44 options including virtual and in-person offerings

Our list of camps happening in Austin this summer includes options focusing on academics, arts, sports and language.

Samsung's proposed $17 billion chip-making plant would dwarf other recent megaprojects that sought tax incentives in the region.
Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.

A new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could help expand vaccination availability in Travis County, according to local health officials. (Courtesy Pexels)
Johnson & Johnson vaccine could mean additional supply, easier distribution rollout in Travis County

If approved, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be a valuable weapon against the ongoing pandemic, according to local health officials.

Austin ISD students will begin the 2021-22 school year Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at Austin ISD’s newly approved calendar for the 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD trustees have approved the academic calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Winter storm damage could prevent 10 Austin ISD campuses from reopening next week

Austin ISD students are scheduled to return to classrooms March 1 for the first time since Winter Storm Uri.

A tree's branches fell on a car in North Austin in the midst of Winter Storm Uri in February. With downed tree limbs and burst water lines causing property damage across Austin, the city has directed additional funds into programs to help some homeowners with emergency home repairs. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Still in crisis mode, Austin City Council initiates recovery following winter storm

With 200 to 400 apartment and condo complexes in Austin still without water, City Council is aiming to direct aid and relieve some of the financial burden felt by residents following the devastating winter storms.

Photo of a knife cutting through brisket
La Barbecue heads to new home on East Cesar Chavez Street

The popular barbecue joint will move to its new location in May.