Honky-tonk culture lives on in Southwest Austin and more: 20 news and community updates from Central Texas

Last Chance Bar & Dancehall held its soft opening last August. After weathering the storm of COVID-19, it will celebrate a year in business with a grand opening in July. (Courtesy Last Chance Bar & Dancehall)
Last Chance Bar & Dancehall held its soft opening last August. After weathering the storm of COVID-19, it will celebrate a year in business with a grand opening in July. (Courtesy Last Chance Bar & Dancehall)

Last Chance Bar & Dancehall held its soft opening last August. After weathering the storm of COVID-19, it will celebrate a year in business with a grand opening in July. (Courtesy Last Chance Bar & Dancehall)

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Last Chance Bar & Dancehall gives new life to a classic Texas space in Southwest Austin

A daughter of the country music industry, Teresa Parker grew up around classic Texas dance halls and honky-tonks. Now, she works to see that culture live on with Last Chance Bar & Dancehall, which she owns with her husband, Karl.

Bee Cave business owner launches fundraiser for the Austin Humane Society

Kim Ortiz Dog Portraits & Boutique located at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave, launched a pet calendar contest for Austin and Lake Travis-area residents. Since launching her portrait business, Kim Ortiz has raised more than $17,000 for local animal rescues. This year, funds will benefit the Austin Humane Society.



ACL Live announces socially distanced Fourth of July concert

Nine Austin performers spread out among five stages downtown will perform on the Fourth of July in a live music performance hosted by Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater.

Round Rock Christian Academy to open new 50,000-square-foot facility

Round Rock Christian Academy is set to open a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Round Rock in August, representatives from RRCA confirmed in a June 12 email to Community Impact Newspaper.

Gambuzzas Barbershop opens second location in Cedar Park

Gambuzza’s Barbershop opened its Cedar Park location June 15 at at 5001 Toll 183A, Ste. G400, Cedar Park.

This is the second-ever location for the joint venture between Frank Gambuzza, founder of Gambuzza's Barbershop in Tennessee, and Gordan Logan, the founder and CEO of Sport Clips Haircuts, according to a June 15 news release.

Curious Chords Music Studio continues with virtual lessons

Jenny Sandoval opened Curious Chords Music Studio as a home-based music studio in 2007 with 20 students and a love for music.

Now 13 years later, Curious Chords has music lessons for almost every music instrument, employs 15 music teachers and teaches more than 300 students.

Novita Spa on the Georgetown Square under new ownership

Novita Spa and Medical Rejuvenation Clinic on the Georgetown Square is now under new ownership. The business was taken over by Rich Ryan, who also owns Halina Spa in Round Rock, in early June.

New Braunfels' small-business grant program now accepting applications

New Braunfels’ small-business grant program is now accepting applications from businesses with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees.

Amid bankruptcy filing 24 Hour Fitness permanently closing two Northwest Austin locations

Nationwide gym chain 24 Hour Fitness announced June 15 it is permanently closing more than 100 of its gyms nationwide as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including two locations in Northwest Austin.

Previous owners of Pflugerville's Winners BBQ will open new restaurant in Bee Cave

Bee Cave will see the addition of a new barbecue restaurant this summer. Lone Star Jacks BBQ is gearing up for a tentative July 4 grand opening at 3620 S. RM 620, Bee Cave.

Center Pointe Pilates celebrates 5 years in business in Round Rock

Center Pointe Pilates celebrated five years in business June 1. Center Pointe Pilates offers private lessons and small group sessions focusing on the classical Pilates techniques that aim to increase strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness.

Binge Kitchen aims to promote health with its vegan eatery

When Yarnisha Lyons first opened Binge Kitchen in 2017, she was still a student at Texas State University balancing classes and managing her vegan eatery with the intent to promote health and wellness.

Three years later, she has a brick-and-mortar in San Marcos and has recently expanded her wellness mission into San Antonio.

New Braunfels cancels Fourth of July Parade, fireworks still planned

The Sophienburg Museum & Archives and the city of New Braunfels announced June 12 that the annual Fourth of July Parade was canceled.

RideAustin shuts down operations

Local ride-sharing nonprofit RideAustin will be discontinuing its operations, according to a June 12 email sent to users.

Cedar Park’s Fable Fest 2020 is canceled

The Cedar Park Public Library Foundation has canceled Fable Fest 2020, according to a June 12 news release from the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation.

Austin’s Fourth of July concert and fireworks canceled

The Austin Symphony Orchestra announced June 12 that the annual H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks event at Auditorium Shores has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Narrow Street 512 now serving Korean classics in Northwest Austin

Korean eatery Narrow Street 512 opened March 23 at 11301 Lakeline Blvd., Austin, inside HMart. Narrow Street 512 serves barbecue, stir-fried udon noodles, cold noodles and other Korean cuisine staples.

Estes Audiology relocates Pflugerville office to Round Rock

Estes Audiology opened its new location at 1850 A.W. Grimes Blvd., Ste. 300, Round Rock, on June 8, Executive Administrative Assistant Rayleen Nelson confirmed.

Eye Level Pflugerville celebrates 5 years in business

Eye Level Pflugerville celebrated its five-year anniversary June 3, staff confirmed in a June 9 email to Community Impact Newspaper.

35 new jobs $1M in facility upgrades: Hubbell Lighting to open design facility in Round Rock

One of North America’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial lighting, Hubbell Lighting, plans to open a design facility in Round Rock.

Evelin Garcia, Ali Linan, Lauren Canterberry, Jack Flagler, Iain Oldman, Olivia Aldridge, Brian Perdue, Kelsey Thompson, Taylor Girtman and Taylor Jackson Buchanan contributed to this report.



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Austin City Council and the Capital Metro board of directors approved a contract with the voters Aug. 7 laying out details of the plan and set up the rules for a board that will make funding decisions.

Beginning at noon Aug. 10, Lake Pflugerville trail will reopen for public use. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)
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Three new concepts will open at 2113 Manor Road, Austin, the future location of seafood restaurant Este. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pop-ups from former Olamaie, Pitchfork Pretty chefs opening on Manor Road

Este, the seafood restaurant from the team behind Suerte, is set to open in 2021. Until then, Le Cowboy, Rogue Radish and Heritage Seafood Market will operate at the property.

JewBoy Burgers will be moving to a brick-and-mortar location on Airport Boulevard in September. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
JewBoy Burgers moving to Airport Boulevard brick-and-mortar

Owner Mo Pittle will be moving from his food truck on Burnet Road to a new space formerly occupied by Cluck-n-Burger.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

Chelsea Wine and Mike Hooker opened Rave On Vintage in 2013. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rave On Vintage will close North Loop store at the end of August

Owners Mike Hooker and Chelsea Wine will transition the store fully to online sales.

Austin ISD trustees approved a new school calendar Aug. 7, delaying the start of the school year until Sept. 8. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD officially delays start of school year until Sept. 8

The district could also extend virtual learning into November based on an approved Texas Education Agency waiver.

Austin Public Health will resume providing coronavirus testing for individuals without symptoms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Asymptomatic coronavirus tests now available through Austin Public Health

Despite relative progress in county efforts to contain the virus, Dr. Mark Escott has urged the community to stay vigilant in social distancing and wearing masks.