Dart Bowl to close in Austin, Georgetown parking spots to be converted: News from Central Texas

Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Central Austin

Longtime Brentwood bowling alley Dart Bowl closes after 62 years

Dart Bowl, located at 5700 Grover Ave., Austin, will close permanently July 17. Owner John Donovan said in a statement the economic impact from people staying home during the pandemic was too much for the business to overcome.

Georgetown



Parking spots may be converted to expanded outdoor dining space for Georgetown restaurants

Georgetown restaurants may be able to expand their outdoor dining spaces soon by utilizing closed-off parking spaces via a new initiative the city is pursuing.

New Mexican restaurant opens in Georgetown

Marisol's Mexican Grill opened in Georgetown on July 14. The restaurant offers Tex-Mex favorites, including enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and more. Desserts include flan, sopapillas and churros.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Central Texas Orthopedics celebrates 30 years in Austin

Central Texas Orthopedics is commemorating 30 years of business in the Greater Austin area with celebrations lined up for September. The physical therapy clinic has several locations, including one in the Westlake area 3532 Bee Caves Road, Austin, as well as a Four Points location at 6911 N. RM 620, Austin.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Wimberley's Los Olivos Market now open at Buda Mill & Grain Co.


Los Olivos Market Buda opened in late May at the Buda Mill & Grain Co. complex, 306 S. Main St., Ste. 104, Buda. With another location in Wimberley, Los Olivos Market offers a variety of fine wines; specialty foods; gifts; daily wine tasting; and dine-in, takeout and curbside.

Statewide

Walmart, Sam's Club to require face coverings in all stores beginning July 20

Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Joe Warner, Ali Linan, Anna Lotz, Jack Flagler and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.



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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)
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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

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Nonprofits have seen a greater need from Austin’s homeless community—for food, clothing, health care and hygiene resources—since March, and they are scrambling to fill those gaps.

Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.