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

(Courtesy Circuit of The Americas)
(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.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

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.