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.


A previously released proposal for the former HealthSouth property's redevelopment from Aspen Heights Partners centers on two towers containing a range of community benefits. (Courtesy Austin Economic Development Department)
Agreement between Austin, Aspen Heights Partners outlines benefits to be included in redevelopment of former HealthSouth property

As previously outlined by City Council members, the tower project is set to include community benefits such as affordable housing, local businesses, a live music venue and public open spaces.

Photo of shoppers eyeing a table of books
Texas Book Festival announces in-person and online events this fall

The annual festival will have a hybrid model this year after going virtual in 2020.

Raising Cane's sells chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and more. (Courtesy Raising Cane's)
Raising Cane's to open 2nd Cedar Park restaurant; Tacodeli coming to Circle C and more Central Texas news

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

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Photo of an H-E-B store
H-E-B makes curbside services free

Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived on purchases of $35 or more. Orders worth less than $35 will have a $2.95 "small basket surcharge" attached.

I-35 at US 183 interchange
Watch for nightly lane closures on US 183 as TxDOT builds new I-35 flyover

TxDOT will close the northbound US 183 main lanes and frontage roads on an alternating basis beginning May 17.

Photo of a girl weariing a mask and backpack
Austin ISD: mask policy to remain after new CDC guidance

The district said it would continue to require masks at least through the end of the current school year.

I-35 delays
Early morning I-35 delays expected May 15 as TxDOT finishes demolition of US 183 ramp in North Austin

TxDOT will close mainlanes on I-35 in North Austin early in the morning of May 15 as it demolishes a ramp.

The city of Austin's Smart Mobility Office has partnered with Ford on self-driving vehicle initiatives. (Courtesy Ford Motor Company)
Austin's transportation department paving the way for rise in autonomous vehicle traffic

Several private companies are working on autonomous vehicle initiatives in Austin in addition to the city's own smart infrastructure planning.

Goodfolks plans to open in late July to early August. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New restaurant coming to Georgetown; new Hutto community to have nearly 1K lots and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

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.