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.


Photo of nurses offering drive-thru vaccines
Appointments no longer needed for drive-thru vaccines at Circuit of the Americas

From April 23-25, people age 16 and up can receive first doses of the Pfizer vaccine without an appointment at COTA.

Austin ISD staff at Pleasant Hill Elementary School distribute meals over the summer in 2020. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD to again offer free lunch to students during 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD has distributed more than 3 million free campus meals and 4.2 million free curbside meals since March 2020.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
Q2 Stadium to host 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup games this summer

Q2 Stadium has been selected as one of the venues for the upcoming 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

I-35 at US 183 flyovers
Watch for new traffic patterns on I-35 in North Austin as TxDOT opens new flyovers, closes existing ramp

Drivers trying to connect to northbound US 183 from northbound I-35 will have to take a detour beginning April 26.

The Barks for Beers fundraiser will return to Central Texas in May. (Courtesy Divine Canines)
To-do list: Barks for beers returns to Austin and more local events happening through the end of May

Here are nine events taking place between April 24 and May 31 in Austin.

Austin City Council members met for a work session April 20 ahead of the body's regular April 22 session. (Screenshot via city of Austin)
Austin City Hall notebook: Police services decoupling, rental assistance, downtown density bonus fees under consideration

Council will also consider a resolution that would ask state agencies to begin the distribution of about $18 billion in federal aid money aimed at supporting K-12 education.

The Austin Downtown Alliance shared its 2021 State of Downtown report and new recovery and resiliency plan April 21. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown resiliency plan takes aim at Central Austin storefronts, public spaces, homelessness strategy

Officials with the Downtown Austin Alliance shared details on two new reports analyzing the city center's past year and pandemic recovery plans April 21.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

The plan Austin City Council members discussed April 20 emerged from a weekslong community-wide summit on homelessness.

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Travis County establishes Civilian Climate Corps to tackle environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

Austin Public Health Director Stephanie Hayden-Howard speaks to reporters March 13 at the Delco Actiity Center in Northeast Austin. Residents can walk up to the Delco Center on April 22 and 23 and receive vaccines without an appointment. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Public Health will accept walk-up vaccinations at the Delco Activity Center starting April 22

APH will also leave its registration portal open throughout most of the week.