SLAB BBQ reopens, Cedar Park to host pop-up July 4 parades: Community and business news from Central Texas

SLAB BBQ & Beer co-owner Raf Robinson stands in front of a mural at the restaurant's Southwest Austin location in 2019. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
SLAB BBQ & Beer co-owner Raf Robinson stands in front of a mural at the restaurant's Southwest Austin location in 2019. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

SLAB BBQ & Beer co-owner Raf Robinson stands in front of a mural at the restaurant's Southwest Austin location in 2019. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Southwest Austin

Through protests and pandemic, Black-owned SLAB BBQ finds voice in Austin community

SLAB BBQ & Beer co-owner Raf Robinson said reopening the restaurant to dine-in service June 1 after being closed due to coronavirus restrictions required making the safety of staff and customers his top priority.

St. David's South Austin COVID-19 patient returns home after two months hospitalized



Michael Arispe—a 59-year-old diabetic who lives in South Austin—went to the doctor’s office with a bad cough March 18, during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic in Travis County. He was prescribed cough syrup, told to self-quarantine as a precaution and sent home.

South Austin's Bear Creek Elementary courtyard named in honor of Hunter Lane Henderson

Austin ISD trustees on June 22 named the courtyard at South Austin’s future Bear Creek Elementary School in honor of Hunter Lane Henderson, a South Austin 4-year-old who died in 2018.

New Braunfels

Canyon Lake recreation areas to close on weekends due to large crowds, littering

The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced June 23 that recreation areas will close on weekends until further notice due to concerns for public safety and the local environment.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Halina European Day Spa opens in Westlake area


Halina European Day Spa opened in June at 3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. The spa previously called Woodhouse Day Spa is operating under new ownership and underwent a rebranding.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Suga's Cakery to set up permanent food trailer in downtown Pflugerville

Pflugerville residents will soon be able to have their cake and eat it too when Suga's Cakery opens a food trailer in downtown Pflugerville this summer.

NEW: Tailgates & Tunes summer concert series canceled in Hutto

The Tailgates & Tunes summer concert series planned for Hutto's Brushy Creek Amphitheater has been canceled, as announced in a June 23 news release. All upcoming public events for the city have been canceled, per the release.

Greater Austin Allergy, Asthma & Immunology relocates in Round Rock

Greater Austin Allergy, Asthma & Immunology relocated its Round Rock location in late March. Formerly located at 100 E. Main St., Ste. 101, Round Rock, Greater Austin Allergy now operates at 303 E. Main St., Round Rock.

Leander-Cedar Park

Cedar Park to host pop-up parades July 4; firework plans to be determined


In lieu of its regular July 4 parade, the city of Cedar Park will host neighborhood pop-up parades across the city.

Georgetown

Nena's Cazuelas brings authentic Mexican food to Georgetown


Adorned with brightly painted walls; colorful paper banners, known as papel picado; serapes and sombreros, the restaurant prides itself on its authenticity, serving dishes traditional to Mexico’s coasts, including seafood.

Georgetown's Barrels & Amps adds second stage, bar

Barrels & Amps added a second stage and bar to its business in early June.

The whiskey bar is located on the Georgetown Square at 718 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, and offers a variety of alcoholic drinks, including 75 beers on tap.

Central Austin

ACC's Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Campus Center taking shape


Austin Community College’s new Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Campus Center is on track to launch next spring, according to the program's director, Khayree Williams. Williams, who joined the district earlier this year, said the district has already begun offering programs to provide the tools and skills students, staff and community members need to navigate conversations about race and equity.

Soho Lounge becomes fourth Sixth Street bar to face permit suspension from TABC

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has suspended the permits of 17 bars across Texas, including four on Austin’s Sixth Street, for allegedly not adhering to Gov. Greg Abbott’s mandates intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

San Marcos cancels Summer Fun, Discovery camps due to increased COVID-19 cases

In response to the recent increase in new coronavirus case counts in Hays County, the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department has canceled the Summer Fun and Discovery camps.

Amy Rae Dadamo, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale, Taylor Girtman, Evelin Garcia, Warren Brown and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.



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A photo of a "sold" sign
Central Austin August housing market numbers show high dollar-volume sales

While housing inventory remains low, home prices continue to rise.

Lions Municipal Golf Course clubhouse (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State-created Save Muny Historic District to take over concession responsibilities at historic golf course

Negotiations over the fate of the Lions Municipal Golf Course remain ongoing between the city and The University of Texas board of regents.

Central Health administrative building in Austin
Central Health finalizes budget with increased tax rate, more health care services for low-income residents

Local health care district Central Health is budgeting a nearly $20 million increase in health care delivery services for Austin’s low-income residents.

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Baylor Scott & White Health to host 9 Austin-area drive-thru flu shot clinics

"This season is a big, black box, and there are a lot of unknowns, as far as what the season's going to look like," said Dr. Bradley Berg, a BSW pediatrics doctor in Round Rock.

A band performs at the Mohawk on Red River Street. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants

City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast from Oct. 9-11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Free virtual broadcast of ACL Music Festival to be held Oct. 9-11 and more Central Texas news

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Austin City Limits Music Festival will present a free virtual broadcast from Oct. 9-11. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Limits Music Festival to present virtual broadcast Oct. 9-11

The in-person form of the 2020 festival was canceled for the first time since it began in 2002.

Army Futures Command leadership tour renovations to the Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus with ACC Chancellor Richard Rhodes and trustee Gigi Edwards Bryant. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
Austin Community College, Army Futures Command to launch software incubator program this winter

The program will be located at the renovated ACC Rio Grande campus in downtown Austin.

Typhoon Texas has opened The Patio, a seasonal "eater-tainment" space in Pflugerville. (Courtesy The Patio)
The Patio opens in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

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