New shopping options at Domain Northside, French restaurant to open in Dripping Springs: Updates from Central Texas

Dutch fashion house Scotch & Soda on June 19 opened its first Texas store at Domain Northside in North Austin. (Courtesy Scotch & Soda)
Dutch fashion house Scotch & Soda on June 19 opened its first Texas store at Domain Northside in North Austin. (Courtesy Scotch & Soda)

Dutch fashion house Scotch & Soda on June 19 opened its first Texas store at Domain Northside in North Austin. (Courtesy Scotch & Soda)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Northwest Austin

Four new shopping options open at Domain Northside in North Austin

New retailers have opened in Domain Northside, with several new storefronts opening for business in the weeks following Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order allowing retailers to resume in-store operations.

Southwest Austin

Long-awaited French restaurant to open in Dripping Springs on Aug. 7

Le Vacher, a new French-inspired restaurant that announced last year it was developing a location in Dripping Springs, will officially open Aug. 7.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

San Marcos BBQ to open a second location in August

San Marcos BBQ, the barbecue joint located at 2601 Hunter Road, San Marcos, will be opening a second location at 1701 S. I-35, San Marcos. Owners of the barbecue joint expect to open the new location the first or second week of August, according to a July 18 social media post.


Some breweries may qualify to operate as restaurants under new TABC guidelines

Some breweries across the state may now reopen as restaurants after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on July 24 released new guidelines. Those new guidelines state all alcohol sales to distributors and to-go alcohol sales will not be included in a business’s 51% calculation.

In Texas, if an establishment makes more than 51% of its gross receipts from alcohol, it is considered a bar. Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive orders, bars statewide must remain closed as a precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Dec. 2 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has allotted 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the state of Texas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First allotment of COVID-19 vaccinations expected to arrive in Texas in mid-December

About 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been allotted to the state of Texas and will arrive the week of Dec. 14.

Frontyard Brewing opened Nov. 14 in Spicewood. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New brewery opens in Spicewood and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community updates from Central Texas.

The proposal from Aspen Heights Partners would place two towers—one residential and one office—on the downtown tract. (Courtesy Austin Economic Development Department)
Two towers, 590,000 square feet of housing and office space on table for former HealthSouth property in downtown Austin

The 1.7-acre downtown tract is among the most valuable undeveloped areas in the city's portfolio.

Traffic moves along the upper decks of I-35 near downtown Austin on Dec. 1. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on a $4.9 billion project to improve the 8-mile stretch of I-35 through downtown. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT is spending billions to fix I-35 through downtown Austin, but some community members say the state is wrong in its approach

A report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute released Dec. 1 said the 8-mile stretch of I-35 from Hwy. 290 to SH 71 is the most congested roadway in the state.

Pravo Construction opened a new headquarters at Two Barton Skyway, 1601 MoPac, Austin, on Nov. 1. (Courtesy CBRE)
Now open in Austin: New coffee shop, offices and medical clinics arrive south of river

New businesses operating in Austin include MilkRun, which delivers dairy, meat, produce and other products from local farmers to customers at home.

Graphic of a coronavirus unit
COVID-19 rates after Thanksgiving have yet to climb, but experts say spike could still be coming

As Austin awaits a vaccine whose first doses could arrive by the end of 2020, health officials say the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings on the spread of the virus could take time to show up.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has launched a campaign to address declining college enrollment numbers across the state since the pandemic started. (Courtesy Pexels)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board launches campaign to boost college enrollment

The decline in college enrollment across the state of Texas has prompted several agencies to partner up and create online resources for students and counselors.

Photo of a hand dropping a ballot in a box
Candidates for Austin City Council District 10 face off ahead of Dec. 15 runoff

Incumbent Alison Alter and challenger Jennifer Virden are vying for the seat.

Austin City Hall (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Public safety, homelessness in Austin take center stage in final forum before District 6 runoff vote

Three days ahead of the first day of early voting for the Austin City Council District 6 runoff election, a final public debate was mostly focused on issues of public safety.

Campuses in Austin ISD will be closes to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
All Austin ISD classes to be held online through Dec. 4

The district will also be providing free COVID-19 tests to staff and families Dec. 2-4.

Bicycles for public use are docked at a MetroBike station on Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin's $460 million Proposition B will include funding for additional bicycle lanes through the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Breaking down Austin's $460 million bond for bike lanes, trails, sidewalks and more

The bond will fun a bridge over Pleasant Valley Road connecting two ends of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, among other improvements.