Georgetown faces watering restrictions, SW Austin private school closes: News from Central Texas

The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)

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Georgetown residents may not water their lawns between noon-7 p.m. starting July 14

The city of Georgetown is enacting water use restrictions as a result of increasing landscape and lawn irrigation, a July 13 news release said.

Southwest Austin

South Austin private school to permanently close in August

According to a letter to parents, Smith Academy will be closing permanently Aug. 1 due in part to constraints placed on the school by the ongoing pandemic.

Central Austin

Thunderbird Coffee on Koenig will turn into a second Bird Bird Biscuit location by next year

On July 26, Thunderbird Coffee will be closing its location at 1401 Koenig Lane, Austin, to redevelop the location into a second location of Bird Bird Biscuit.

Origin Hotel breaks ground in Mueller development

Origin Hotel broke ground July 6 at 1825 McBee St., Austin, in the Mueller development.

The Thrash Group, a company based in Mississippi, is developing the five-story, 120-room hotel and did not provide a scheduled opening date.

Austin Eastciders prepares to open new taproom and restaurant on Barton Springs Road

Austin Eastciders will open soon at 1530 Barton Springs Road, Austin, according to the company's social media accounts.

South Lamar donut spot Gourdough's files for bankruptcy

Gourdough's, which has a brick-and-mortar location at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy June 23.

Leander-Cedar Park

Family First Express Care clinic now open in Leander

Family First Express Care, an urgent care clinic, opened July 13 in Leander, according to its website. The urgent care clinic provides urgent care services for minor injuries and illnesses. Occupational health services are also offered.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Kiddie Academy of Buda now open on Main Street

Kiddie Academy of Buda, a child care facility offering day care and educational programs at 2448 Main St., Buda, opened June 22.

Nicholas Cicale, Jack Flagler, Taylor Girtman, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Evelin Garcia contributed to this report.


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Potential strong-mayor system in Austin would be 'weakest of any big city in the country,' supporters say

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Comptroller projects drop in state revenue, potential for economic uptick for next biennium

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