Chick-fil-A opens in Round Rock, Whole Foods opens in Plaza Saltillo: Business, community news from Central Texas

The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items.(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items.(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)

The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items.(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

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Chick-fil-A opens Round Rock location on Palm Valley Blvd.

Chick-fil-A opened a new location at 2350 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, on July 1. The fast-food chain serves chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, waffle fries and breakfast items.

Round Rock Fire Department hosting summer fan drive for residents in need

The Round Rock Fire Department is hosting a fan drive through August to help provide heat relief to vulnerable communities.

In writing 'The Hutto Hippo,' children's author pays it forward to HISD students

The folklore of how Hutto's hippo mascot came to be reached new audiences through children's author Wendy Larson's release of "The Hutto Hippo" in March 2019.

Round Rock-based AYRO expands electric vehicle manufacturing facility

Round Rock-based manufacturer AYRO doubled its facility space during a relocation and expansion, according to a July 2 Round Rock Chamber news release. The company specializes in advance electric vehicle manufacturing.

Jersey Mike's Subs opens second Round Rock location

Jersey Mike's Subs opened a storefront at 3800 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 120, Round Rock, on July 1, staff confirmed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the location's dine-in portion will be closed for public use, but patrons can order in-person for takeout orders.

12 things to do in Round Rock, Pflugerville this July

From supporting local artisans to spending a day at the ballpark, here are 12 things to see and do in Round Rock and Pflugerville this July.

Central Austin

Central Texas Food bank announces four drives in July

Since the coronavirus pandemic began affecting the Austin community, the Central Texas Food Bank has held free drive-thru food distribution events to help feed residents in need.

The events will continue in July with four events, including two at Nelson Field in Northeast Austin.

Canopy by Hilton now open on West Sixth Street

Canopy by Hilton Austin Downtown opened July 1 at 604 W. Sixth St., Austin. The six-floor, 140-room hotel will include a restaurant and bar, Verbena, from chef Nic Yanes of Juniper and Uncle Nicky's.

Monger's Market + Kitchen moving to former Vino Vino spot in Hyde Park

Monger's Market + Kitchen will relocate in July to 4119 Guadalupe St., Austin, from its former location at 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin.

Neighborhood Sushi from McGuire Moorman Hospitality now open on South Congress

Neighborhood Sushi opened June 18 at 1716 South Congress Ave., Austin. The new sushi spot is the latest opening from the McGuire Moorman Hospitality group, which also operates restaurants such as Perla's Oyster Bar and Elizabeth Street Cafe.

Business closings in Central Austin: Be More Pacific, Daruma Ramen, Troublemaker will not reopen

The hospitality, service and live music businesses have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. In late May, Red River Street music venues Plush and Barracuda both announced their permanent closures. These five businesses recently announced they have no plans to reopen.

Whole Foods opens Plaza Saltillo location

Whole Foods opened its East Austin store on June 29. The new store is located at 910 E. Fifth St., Ste. 100, Austin, in the Plaza Saltillo development.

Garden Seventeen opens its doors in North Central Austin

Garden Seventeen, a greenhouse and garden store located at 604 Williams St., Austin, opened on June 21. The new store comes from owner Rodney Stoutenger, who started Native Edge Landscape in North Austin in 2008.

Try Hard Coffee now open in East Austin

Try Hard Coffee opened June 20 with service on the front patio of its space at 1115 E. 11th St., Austin. The new coffee shop offers a food menu including pastries and tacos. The brick-and-mortar spot will undergo construction throughout the summer before opening the inside.

Austin shuts down main greenbelts, all programs and amenities through July; parks, trails will remain open

After the Fourth of July weekend, the city of Austin's main greenbelts, park programming and amenities will remain shut down through the rest of July in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, which has tightened its grip on Austin in recent weeks. Parks and trails will remain open.

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Leander ISD graduations changed to family-only

The class of 2020 at Leander ISD’s six high schools will no longer be able to celebrate commencement with their classmates.

LISD has changed its graduation format to a family-only, videotaped experience July 9-11 in Gupton Stadium in Cedar Park, according to a news release.

Bloc Cycle celebrates first anniversary in Cedar Park

Bloc Cycle, an indoor cycling studio, will reach its one-year anniversary July 8. The studio will hold an anniversary party July 11 with two outdoor rides at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and one indoor ride at 10:30 a.m.

Interior design business Daley Home + Design relocates to Cedar Park

Daley Home + Design moved from Georgetown to 3000 Polar Lane, Ste. 301, in Cedar Park in June, according to manager and co-founder Kasey Van Daley.


Georgetown updates mask order to require face coverings in public

All people age 10 and older in Georgetown are required to wear face coverings while in public, with some exceptions, according to updated orders issued July 3 by Mayor Dale Ross.

Family Emergency Room streamlines COVID-19 testing services for Williamson County residents

Family Emergency room has taken over coronavirus testing for Williamson County, officials announced July 6.

Southwest Austin

Cascades at Onion Creek Apartments to bring affordable housing to South Austin

Cascades at Onion Creek Apartments, a 264-unit multi-family development, is on its way to 2333 Cascades Avenue, Austin, located between Onion Creek and the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church on the northbound side of I-35.

Construction begins on new fire and EMS station in Southwest Austin

The new station will serve as a joint location of the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Services, one of five new "high priority stations" situated to emergency response times in key areas of Austin and Travis County following a May 2018 Austin City Council resolution.

Roundup: 5 Southwest Austin businesses celebrating anniversaries in July

The following five businesses in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs will be hitting milestone anniversaries in July.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Bee Cave is now open

Baylor Scott & White Clinic-Bee Cave opened June 29 at 16018 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave.

The full-service primary care clinic was designed to serve the growing medical needs of the Bee Cave and West Austin communities, according to a press release from Baylor Scott & White.

Four Points restaurants Tea Haus and Me So Poke reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns

Tea Haus reopened in June following COVID-19 shutdowns at 10815 FM 2222, Ste. 207, Austin. The cafe, selling Taiwanese boba milk tea and coffee, first opened in February but closed a month later due to the pandemic.

New Braunfels

San Antonio Street bridge to reopen July 15

According to a press release, the San Antonio Street bridge will reopen to traffic July 15. The bridge has been under construction since it closed on Sept. 3, 2019.

Northwest Austin

Domain Northside Apple store in North Austin temporarily closing doors

Apple Inc. has temporarily closed its store in Domain Northside at 3121 Palm Way, Austin, as a precaution to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cheatham Street Flats now open in San Marcos

Cheatham Street Flats, a student apartment complex located at 401 S. Guadalupe St., San Marcos, opened May 1.

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Face coverings are now required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Citing racial discrimination, district court judge voids exemption to face covering order for voters, poll workers

A district judge's decision sided with arguments that an exemption to the statewide face covering order violated the Voting Rights Act due to disproportionate effects of COVID-19 for Black and Latino Americans.

The Texas Book Festiva will take place virtually this year.l (Courtesy Bob Daemmrich Photography)
Fall events in Central Austin: Texas Book Festival goes virtual, paddle-up trick-or-treating on the lake and more

The October and November calendar include the Halloween paddle on Lady Bird Lake and a new event from the organizers of Babes Fest.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir speaks to reporters Oct. 28 at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County breaking voting records; clerk expects turnout to climb as high as 80%

More than 480,000 ballots have been cast in Travis County, surpassing the total from the 2016 presidential election.

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South Austin developer sues city in ongoing saga to improve permitting process

An Austin developer alleged the city circumvented a state law that requires permitting to take place within 30 days.

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With COVID-19 projections 'bleak' through Thanksgiving, Travis County keeps bars closed

Statistical models from the University of Texas show a 92% chance the pandemic is worsening, but the increase in cases and hospitalizations have leveled off in the last few days.

Movemint Bike Cab owner David Knipp said the loss of the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals during the spring festival season led to a 50% decline in revenue.  (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
'I just need to pay the rent:' Austin small businesses in survival mode are doing everything in their power to outlast the pandemic

From selling inventory to flipping their business models to changing a yoga studio into a coworking space, small business owners are trying to avoid adding their names to the growing list of locally owned Austin institutions that have shut down.

Customers can order Goodstock Angus and Goodstock Black Label beef, including ribeye steaks, strip steaks, filets and ground chuck. (Courtesy Nolan Ryan brands)
Nolan Ryan expands Round Rock-based butcher business and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

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Corridor projects along South Lamar Boulevard, Burnet Road will break ground by early 2021

Two corridor roadway projects approved in the city of Austin’s 2016 Mobility Bond are moving forward after recently receiving environmental clearances.

The Austin School of Fashion Design, or ASFD, relocated from North Austin to Georgetown in October. (Courtesy The Austin School of Fashion Design)
Austin School of Fashion Design moves to Georgetown

The school was previously located in Austin.

An "I Voted" sticker is left outside the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin, one of 37 early voting polling places open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of all Travis County voters have cast their ballots, exceeding early voting turnout percentage in 2016

More than 448,000 votes have been cast in Travis County. Early voting closes on Oct. 30.

Austin ISD trustees met Oct. 26, discussing in-person learning during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Twice as many Austin elementary students have returned to campus compared to first day of in-person instruction, district says

Austin ISD will open its campuses to accommodate all students who request in-person instruction beginning Nov. 2.

Capital Metro released new renderings Oct. 26 of its proposed Project Connect expansion, which voters will decide Nov. 3. This rendering shows a Blue Line light rail train at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
In final week of early voting, here is what Austin residents should know about Project Connect

The proposition appears as a 237-word block of text near the end of the ballot but boils down to a simple question: Are voters for or against a significant expansion of local public transportation, paid for in part with property tax funds?