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.

Georgetown

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.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

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.

Lake Travis-Westlake

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.

Statewide

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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Easy Tiger announced Sept. 18 it had closed its downtown Austin location on Sixth Street. (Courtesy Easy Tiger)
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Pflugerville's testing location is operated from 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Saturday where a maximum of 300 people can be tested each day at the site. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Lions Municipal Golf Course clubhouse (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State-created Save Muny Historic District to take over concession responsibilities at historic golf course

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Central Health administrative building in Austin
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A band performs at the Mohawk on Red River Street. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
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