H-E-B to feature fried chicken eatery from 'Top Chef' alum and more Central Texas news

H-E-B is opening a new food hall in East Austin on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Ben Porter Photography)
H-E-B is opening a new food hall in East Austin on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Ben Porter Photography)

H-E-B is opening a new food hall in East Austin on Aug. 25. (Courtesy Ben Porter Photography)

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Central Austin

Food hall at H-E-B opens Aug. 25 with barbecue, tacos, a bar and fried chicken restaurant from 'Top Chef' alum

H-E-B will open a new food hall and bar Aug. 25 at its Mueller location, 1801 E. 51st St., Austin. The new space includes six restaurants and is open for limited in-person dining and takeout orders as well as beer, wine and cocktails in person or to-go.

Northwest Austin

Roundup: Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café now serving, plus 4 other businesses now open or celebrating anniversaries in Northwest Austin

As customers are slowly permitted to return to in-person dining and shopping, new restaurants and businesses are opening across Northwest Austin. Here is a roundup of new businesses to check out.

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Free coronavirus testing to be offered in Kyle, San Marcos

Free COVID-19 testing will be provided in San Marcos and Kyle from Aug. 24-29.

The testing, offered through Hays county and other government authorities, will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day.

New Braunfels

Laurel Grace Yoga celebrates one year in business, new studio space now open in New Braunfels

On Aug. 23, Laurel Grace Yoga hosted its first virtual yoga class in its new studio space located at 351 Main Plaza, New Braunfels. Lauren Welch started the yoga practice in August 2019 with online classes and on-site instruction for groups.

Mi Frijoles to open brick-and-mortar restaurant in New Braunfels

Mi Frijoles Taco Shop will open a new restaurant on South Union Avenue in New Braunfels in early October. The taco cart and catering operation specializes in breakfast tacos, specialty tacos, carne asada, and handmade flour and corn tortillas.

Lauren Canterberry, Warren Brown, Iain Oldman and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.


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ERCOT board developing new emergency response measures, managing financial fallout from winter storm

An emergency meeting of an ERCOT advisory committee made up of independent advisers was convened March 5 after the resignations of several board and of ERCOT CEO Bill Magness. 

I-35 at US 183 flyover construction
Lane closures planned on I-35, US 183 in North Austin beginning this weekend

Lane closures on I-35 are planned in North Austin beginning March 7.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Texas doctor discusses first 3 months of vaccine distribution process

Texas is in its 12th week of statewide vaccine distribution, and an expansion of eligibility for vaccination could come later this spring.

Snow covers crops at Johnson's Backyard Garden in Austin. (Courtesy Johnson’s Backyard Garden)
Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.

For a third consecutive semester, Texas public school districts will not be penalized financially due to declining enrollment and attendance as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, due to an extension of the hold-harmless guarantee, state leaders announced March 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas leaders ensure financial stability for public school districts through spring semester with hold-harmless extension

The guarantee also ensures that Texas school systems can retain their teachers for the 2020-21 school year for whom they originally budgeted.

Winter Storm Uri caused restaurants across Austin to close due to power outages and unsafe road conditions. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Energy GM Jacqueline Sargent resigns from ERCOT's board of directors in wake of winter storms

Sargent's departure follows a trend of resignations from the agency that oversees Texas' power system.

Central Texas Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank announces distribution sites in March following winter storm

The Central Texas Food Bank is holding food distribution events throughout March for local residents experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering effects from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri.

Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4. (Courtesy Austin Marriott Downtown)
31-story Austin Marriott Downtown opens March 4

The new hotel includes The Lobbyist, a two-story cocktail bar and Corinne Restaurant, a neighborhood dining and cocktail spot with an outdoor patio.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.