Recent openings and more: 21 business and community news updates from Central Texas

The Haute Mess music festival, the last major music event to take place at Haute Spot, was held Nov. 9-10. (Courtesy Haute Spot)
The Haute Mess music festival, the last major music event to take place at Haute Spot, was held Nov. 9-10. (Courtesy Haute Spot)

The Haute Mess music festival, the last major music event to take place at Haute Spot, was held Nov. 9-10. (Courtesy Haute Spot)

Read the latest business and community event coverage in Central Texas.

Haute Spot in Cedar Park planning June 13 socially distanced concert

Haute Spot, an outdoor live music venue in Cedar Park, will begin its Summer Concert Series on June 13.

Barracuda announces permanent closure

Barracuda, a music venue located at 617 E. Seventh St., Austin, announced its permanent closure June 10.



Galaxy Cafe permanently closes its Steiner Ranch location

Galaxy Cafe permanently closed its Steiner Ranch location at 5145 N. RM 620, Bldg. C, Austin, in May following COVID-19 closures.

Kerbey Lane Cafe celebrates 40th anniversary in Austin

Kerbey Lane Cafe celebrated its 40th anniversary May 5. The Austin comfort food spot, which is open for dine-in, takeout and delivery, started at 3704 Kerbey Lane and has since grown to seven other locations in the area.

Photos: Check out the new South Congress H-E-B, which opened June 10

After almost five years of planning and two years of construction, H-E-B officially opened its newest store in South Austin on June 10.

Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy in Lake Travis area offers wide range of treatments

One of the best ways to treat arthritis, muscle pain, headaches and mobility issues, according to Barker Keith, is through physical therapy.

Dripping Springs working toward annual fireworks show

The annual Fire in the Sky fireworks show in Dripping Springs could be based out of Dripping Springs Sports & Recreation Park this July 4 as the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on mass gatherings have required organizers to revamp the community event.

Cherry Creek Catfish cooks 'old-style' recipes in Leander

Owner Danny Lenertz came to Cherry Creek Catfish for 16 years as a food salesman and consultant at the original Manchaca Road location. He became good friends with the owner and bought the restaurant in 2011 after the owner died. He brought his food and family restaurant experience to the South Austin restaurant, and he opened the Leander location in 2015.

Nomadic Dining ATX private chef service launches in South Austin

Nomadic Dining ATX, a private chef service, launched in South Austin on May 20. Based out of 1606 W. Stassney Lane, Ste. 1, Austin, the company is owned by chef Nicholas Hymel, who previously worked as a sous chef at South Austin restaurant Odd Duck and Central Austin’s Barley Swine.

Schlitterbahn to reopen June 13, new safety measures added

Schlitterbahn's season pass holders will be the first to give new health, safety and hygiene protocols a test ride when the water park reopens June 13.

Modern Muse Beauty Collective opens new location in North Austin

Modern Muse Beauty Collective opened the doors of its new location at 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 503, Austin, in mid-May.

TexARTS Academy will reopen with limited enrollment following three-month closure

TexARTS Academy announced in a June 8 press release that it will open its facility after a three-month shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. TexARTS' summer season will open June 15 and run through Aug. 14, according to the release.

Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Bee Cave set to open June 29

Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Bee Cave is scheduled to open at 16018 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave, on June 29.

Sharks Burger's second location now open in Leander

Sharks Burger, a Leander burger restaurant, opened its second location June 8. The new restaurant is located at 15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Ste. C100, and shares the same menu as the original Leander location, which is located at 12681 Hero Way W., Leander.

After 23 years, Café Josie announces permanent closure

Café Josie, located at 1200 W. Sixth St., Ste. B, Austin, will close permanently, according to owner Cody Taylor.

Mochas and Javas on Wonder World Drive in San Marcos temporarily closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Mochas & Javas announced June 9 that its San Marcos location at 102 Wonder World Drive, Ste. 406, San Marcos, will be closed temporarily after an employee who was working June 3 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Westside Community Center to reopen June 15, now offering additional classes and summer food service

On June 15, the Westside Community Center will reopen with limited hours of operation and limited capacity for fitness programming.

New fashion store opens in Georgetown

Boxed N Fashion opened in Georgetown on June 7 at 1217 Leander Road, Ste. 102, Georgetown.

ZZA Pizza + Salad banks its business model on customer options

Bee Cave resident Ryan McManus opened ‘ZZA Pizza + Salad with a business partner in December, just a few short months prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Grins Restaurant in San Marcos temporarily closes to quell concerns of coronavirus; no employees tested positive

Grins Restaurant, with a sign that says it is “World Famous Since 1975,” has temporarily closed its San Marcos business due to employee concerns of coronavirus.

Big Smile Orthodontics reopens in Round Rock following temporary closure due to coronavirus

Big Smile Orthodontics has reopened at 1025 Sendero Springs, Ste. 110, Round Rock, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19, Dr. Saba Asrar confirmed June 5.

Brian Perdue, Amy Rae Dadamo, Nicholas Cicale, Taylor Girtman, Warren Brown, Iain Oldman, Jack Flagler, Evelin Garcia, Lauren Canterberry, Ali Linan, Joe Warner and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.



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