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.

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.


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.


The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
James Bass named executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Bass, the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, replaces Mike Heiligenstein, who stepped aside Jan. 24.

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Austin, Travis County leaders push for improved Austin Public Health vaccine registration portal

Austin Public Health is working to clean up glitches in its portal.

A nearly five-year project to improve I-35 in the area of William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane is set to finish in mid-2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
I-35 news to follow in '21: Work finishing in South Austin, input to be gathered for managed lane projects

While one project in South Austin approaches its final months, the Texas Department of Transportation is gathering input for projects to add nontolled lanes to I-35 over the next several years.

The Texas Legislature is responsible for drawing lines for new state and federal districts. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Redistricting process affecting every level of government gets underway in 2021

The state's process is largely a political one, while the city's process is left to an independent commission.

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Travis County votes to accept application for Silicon Silver development incentives agreement

The company behind the project will be named once it submits an application and pays a $150,000 fee—the same as Tesla paid to apply for its hefty 2020 agreement.

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)
KOKEFest releases dates in Hutto; Marisol's Mexican Grill taking orders in Georgetown and more area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Austin ISD reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases the week of Jan. 4, but that number has decreased for two consecutive weeks, according to the district. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD sees 70% drop in on-campus students over past 2 weeks after district asks families to stay home

The district saw a 11,839-student decline in on-campus learning as AISD families opted for online learning from Jan. 12-22.

City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Travis County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Despite drop in hospital admissions, Travis County adds 4,039 new COVID-19 cases over past 7 days

Overall, Travis County has reported 65,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.

The Contemporary Austin will host a virtual artist talk Feb. 3 with photographers Torbjørn Rødland and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. (COURTESY TORBJØRN RØDLAND/CONTEMPORARY ATX)
Austin Film Society presents drive-in Sundance Film Festival screenings, The Contemporary Austin hosts a virtual artist talk and more events in Austin

Austin Film Society is a satellite screen partner for the Sundance Film Festival, which normally takes place at a ski resort in Utah, but is screening films digitally and through partners around the country this year.