Alcohol banned at Georgetown's Blue Hole Park, testing site opens at The Pfield: News from Central Texas

New signage will be placed at Blue Hole Park notifying people that alcohol is prohibited. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New signage will be placed at Blue Hole Park notifying people that alcohol is prohibited. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

New signage will be placed at Blue Hole Park notifying people that alcohol is prohibited. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.


No alcohol at Blue Hole Park: Georgetown creates ordinance to address increase in police calls

In an effort to curb negative behavior, Georgetown City Council passed a motion July 14 that prohibits alcohol at Blue Hole Park.

Nancy's Sky Garden closes Georgetown location

Nancy's Sky Garden closed its Georgetown location June 20. The healthy dining option had a Korean-inspired menu with specialty teas.

The business also closed its Austin location, but its Cedar Park and Round Rock locations remain open.

Central Austin

Paperboy opens brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Austin

Paperboy opened its brick-and-mortar location July 9 at 1203 E. 11th St., Austin. The breakfast and lunch spot has patio seating open as well as a takeaway window.

New Korean spot JJim BBQ to open in Lamar Union this fall

Jjim BBQ, a new Korean restaurant, will open this fall at 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 2140, in the Lamar Union location formerly home to The Connection Pizza + Bar. The ownership team includes Min Choe, co-founder of Tso Chinese Delivery.

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New COVID-19 site to test up to 300 people a day at The Pfield in Pflugerville

A new COVID-19 testing site is set to open with the capacity of testing 300 people per day.

Austin Public Health is expected to open the site July 20 at The Pfield in Pflugerville, according to a July 16 city news release. Tests will be available Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon, per the release.

Rec's Hushpuppie Heaven to open permanent storefront in Pflugerville

Rec's Hushpuppie Heaven will open a storefront at 200 E. Pecan St., Ste. 1, Pflugerville, this fall. Chef and owner Kenneth Rector Jr. opened Rec's Catering in 2005 and expanded his business through Rec's Hushpuppie Heaven in 2013.

Southwest Austin

Dripping Springs dining establishment Epicure relocates, pivots business to adapt during pandemic

Wine and fine dining establishment Epicure relocated this month from its 333 Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs location to its original site, 1025 Cannon Drive, Ste. 105, in an effort to downsize amid the pandemic.

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Health food eatery Blenders & Bowls brings frozen acai bowls to the Austin area

When longtime best friends Kara Jordan and Erin Downing opened their food truck serving acai bowls in 2011, they said most customers couldn’t even pronounce the word “acai.” Nine years later the lone truck has transformed into five brick and mortar locations, including one in West Lake Hills, called Blenders & Bowls.


Best Buy joins other retailers in requiring face coverings in stores

Best Buy has joined Walmart, Kroger and Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in stores for both customers and employees. The company released a statement requiring face coverings as of July 15. Best Buy will provide a face covering if a customer does not have one, the release stated.

Ali Linan, Jack Flagler, Kelsey Thompson, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Olivia Aldridge, Amy Rae Dadamo, Haley Morrison and Sally Grace Holtgrieve contributed to this report.


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Austin ISD: mask policy to remain after new CDC guidance

The district said it would continue to require masks at least through the end of the current school year.

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Early morning I-35 delays expected May 15 as TxDOT finishes demolition of US 183 ramp in North Austin

TxDOT will close mainlanes on I-35 in North Austin early in the morning of May 15 as it demolishes a ramp.

The city of Austin's Smart Mobility Office has partnered with Ford on self-driving vehicle initiatives. (Courtesy Ford Motor Company)
Austin's transportation department paving the way for rise in autonomous vehicle traffic

Several private companies are working on autonomous vehicle initiatives in Austin in addition to the city's own smart infrastructure planning.

Goodfolks plans to open in late July to early August. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
New restaurant coming to Georgetown; new Hutto community to have nearly 1K lots and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from Central Texas.

COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

A University of Texas office tower is under development at the downtown Central Health site formerly home to the Brackenridge hospital campus. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Central Health's 'cornerstone' downtown site moving forward on path to redevelopment

Much of the site's future scope is yet to be determined ahead of a May 20 rezoning hearing before City Council.

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Four Austin institutions celebrate anniversaries

Crux Climbing Center and Austin Vet Hospital are among the businesses hitting milestones in May.

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Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

Capital Metro has increased the frequency of several bus routes for Austin FC game days at Q2 Stadium.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

The property has been a redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization target for years. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin evaluating 6 plans to redevelop 19-acre St. John site into mixed-use district

The city has long been seeking to rejuvenate the St. John neighborhood property off I-35 with new housing, retail and recreational space.