Circuit of The Americas cancels F1 race, some Ann Taylor and Loft stores may close: News from Central Texas

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(Courtesy Circuit of The Americas)

(Courtesy Circuit of The Americas)

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Central Austin

Circuit of The Americas cancels 2020 F1 U.S. Grand Prix

The 2020 F1 U.S. Grand Prix will not go on this fall at Austin's Circuit of The Americas, the race track's chairman said July 24, as uncertainty around the pandemic continues to hover over all scheduled major events through at least the end of the year.

Army Futures Command announces new software factory, plus more news updates from Austin

Find the latest now open, coming soon, relocation news and more from businesses around the Austin area.

The Backspace opens new West Anderson Lane location

The Backspace opened for to-go service only July 19 at 1745 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 600, Austin. This is the second location of the pizza restaurant from Shawn Cirkiel's restaurant group, Parkside Projects. The original downtown restaurant is located in the back space of Cirkiel's flagship restaurant, Parkside, at 507 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin.

Bennu Coffee opens third Austin location

Bennu Coffee will open a new location July 25 at 109 Jacob Fontaine Lane, Ste. 600, Austin, near the Austin Community College Highland campus. This is the third location for the business owned by Steve and Stephanie Williams, who first met in a coffee shop.

Tesla begins contracting process for Gigafactory Texas manufacturing plant

Tesla has begun soliciting local contractors for its Gigafactory Texas, the 4 million- to 5 million-square-foot manufacturing plant slated to start construction in Travis County east of Austin later this year.

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Virtual concerts to farmers markets: 5 things to do in Round Rock, Pflugerville from July 28-Aug. 1

Here are five in-person and virtual events in Round Rock and Pflugerville from July 28-Aug. 1.


2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar brings together a family-friendly, farm-to-market dining experience

Every Saturday, rain or shine, Joey Delgadillo can be found at the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market, scouring for the freshest ingredients and talking with local farmers.

Delgadillo, along with Manuel Martinez, co-owns 2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar, a farm-to-table restaurant that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and a menu with a variety of made-from-scratch plates.

Northwest Austin

Riata community in Northwest Austin to undergo major renovations

For the first time since construction started at Riata Austin two decades ago, the apartment community will see major renovations.

Southwest Austin

The Git Out Bar + Kitchen offers pub fare and cocktails in neighborhood style

Whether it is people looking to “git out” of downtown Austin or “git out” and meet new people, owner Nate Kinney said The Git Out Bar + Kitchen has seen great support from the South Austin community in its first year.


Some Ann Taylor, Loft locations close as parent company files for bankruptcy

Ascena Retail Group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy July 23. Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant, Justice, Lou & Grey and Catherines are all Ascena brands. As a result of the bankruptcy, the business will close all Catherines locations; many Justice stores; and a few Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey stores nationwide, according to a press release from Ascena.

Haley Morrison, Jack Flagler, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Olivia Aldridge, Christopher Neely, Kelsey Thompson and Ali Linan contributed to this report.


Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

Austin announced a "phased process" to introduce Proposition B ordinances beginning with one month of outreach followed by one month of warnings and citations before arrests or clearances begin as necessary.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopens in Austin; turf fields open in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

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I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

Mes Amis is an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for picnics. Two new fitness studios, Hive + Honey and Regymen, are also now open.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

Barton Springs Pool, shown here in March 2020, will require reservations for residents wishing to visit after 8 a.m. starting on May 17. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 21

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.