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)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

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.


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.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

Frontyard Brewing opened Nov. 14 in Spicewood. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New brewery opens in Spicewood and more Central Texas news

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The proposal from Aspen Heights Partners would place two towers—one residential and one office—on the downtown tract. (Courtesy Austin Economic Development Department)
Two towers, 590,000 square feet of housing and office space on table for former HealthSouth property in downtown Austin

The 1.7-acre downtown tract is among the most valuable undeveloped areas in the city's portfolio.

Traffic moves along the upper decks of I-35 near downtown Austin on Dec. 1. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on a $4.9 billion project to improve the 8-mile stretch of I-35 through downtown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT is spending billions to fix I-35 through downtown Austin, but some community members say the state is wrong in its approach

A report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released Dec. 1 said the 8-mile stretch of I-35 from Hwy. 290 to SH 71 is the most congested roadway in the state.

Pravo Construction opened a new headquarters at Two Barton Skyway, 1601 MoPac, Austin, on Nov. 1. (Courtesy CBRE)
Now open in Austin: New coffee shop, offices and medical clinics arrive south of river

New businesses operating in Austin include MilkRun, which delivers dairy, meat, produce and other products from local farmers to customers at home.

Graphic of a coronavirus unit
COVID-19 rates after Thanksgiving have yet to climb, but experts say spike could still be coming

As Austin awaits a vaccine whose first doses could arrive by the end of 2020, health officials say the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings on the spread of the virus could take time to show up.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

Photo of a hand dropping a ballot in a box
Candidates for Austin City Council District 10 face off ahead of Dec. 15 runoff

Incumbent Alison Alter and challenger Jennifer Virden are vying for the seat.

Austin City Hall (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Public safety, homelessness in Austin take center stage in final forum before District 6 runoff vote

Three days ahead of the first day of early voting for the Austin City Council District 6 runoff election, a final public debate was mostly focused on issues of public safety.

Campuses in Austin ISD will be closes to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
All Austin ISD classes to be held online through Dec. 4

The district will also be providing free COVID-19 tests to staff and families Dec. 2-4.

Bicycles for public use are docked at a MetroBike station on Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin's $460 million Proposition B will include funding for additional bicycle lanes through the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Breaking down Austin's $460 million bond for bike lanes, trails, sidewalks and more

The bond will fun a bridge over Pleasant Valley Road connecting two ends of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, among other improvements.