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Thom's Market will open at the corner of Burnet Road and Koenig Lane. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thom's Market will open at the corner of Burnet Road and Koenig Lane. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Thom's Market will open at the corner of Burnet Road and Koenig Lane. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read select business and dining news from August reporting in the Austin area.

Central Austin

Thom's Market to open fourth Austin location

Thom's Market will open at 5901 Burnet Road, Austin, in late 2020. This will be the fourth location of the locally owned market, which owner Bill Thom started on Barton Springs Road in 2008.


Sweet Lemon Kitchen now open for dinner twice a week in Georgetown

Sweet Lemon Kitchen is now offering dinner on Fridays and Saturdays until 8:30 p.m. Entree options include a steak dish, Asian citric shrimp, pork chop and apple chutney, and chicken fettuccini Alfredo. Patio seating is available along with to-go ordering and delivery. Sweet Lemon is also still open Tuesday through Thursday for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at 812 S. Church St., Georgetown.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Frontyard Brewing set to open in Spicewood this fall

The Spicewood area will see the addition of a new brewery, Frontyard Brewing, in October, though the opening is dependent upon conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The craft brewery, located at 4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood, will sit on nearly nine acres of land and will feature fire pits, pickleball courts and a seating area designed with artificial turf. Frontyard Brewing will also feature outdoor and indoor games as well as an on-site farm-to-table food truck, according to co-owner Chad Worner.

Leander-Cedar Park

Guns Warehouse: Cedar Park business serving community and law enforcement since 2015

After nearly 20 years of working in and owning gun shops in Austin, Russ Friesz decided to look homeward for his next business venture.

Friesz moved to Cedar Park in 1998 and watched as the city grew gradually—then rapidly—around him.

“I saw a need here in Cedar Park,” he said.

Guns Warehouse opened for business on July 7, 2015, in The Railyard at 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 712, and recently marked its fifth anniversary.

New Braunfels

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.

Northwest Austin

Texas-Vietnamese barbecue fusion spot Smokin’ Beauty celebrates grand opening

Mere weeks after Mike and Thao Roth announced their upcoming North Austin restaurant Smokin’ Beauty, the coronavirus pandemic forced all restaurants in Austin to shutter dining rooms.

The couple then pushed back their original target opening date in the spring until it was safe to open and waited. And waited. And waited.

Now, almost six months after the Roths initially teased their Texas-Vietnamese fusion menu, Smokin’ Beauty is set to hold its grand opening Aug. 28 at 11806 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Nearby Coffee Co. opens in Pflugerville

Nearby Coffee Co. opened a brick-and-mortar coffee shop Aug. 3. The roastery is located at 16921 Joe Barbee Drive, Unit B, Pflugerville.

The business has served coffee in the Austin area from a mobile truck and kiosk setups for the past five years, owners David and Maggie Porcher said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

After March fire, Helen's Casa Alde returns in food truck form in Buda

Following a devastating fire March 14 that rendered a Buda staple temporarily out of business, Helen's Casa Alde has just completed a soft opening at its new food truck.

General Manager Remy Fallon said demand was so high Aug. 7 that customers had to wait up to an hour for their orders.

Southwest Austin

Sweetgreen opening first Austin location on South Congress on Aug. 12

Sweetgreen will open its first Austin location Aug. 12 at 1007 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The salad and grain bowl-focused restaurant has more than 100 locations nationwide, including two that opened in Houston last year. Sweetgreen will open another Austin location, on The Drag, later this fall.

Jack Flagler, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Amy Rae Dadamo, Brian Perdue, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Lauren Canterberry, Iain Oldman and Brian Rash contributed to this report.


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Central Austin home sales ended 2020 on a high note with prices up 13.9% year over year

Like the Austin area at large, Central Austin home sales rose by double-digit percentages in 2020.

About one in 10 Austin ISD students failed a class this fall as the district adjusted to virtual learning. (Community Impact staff)
Failure rates, education gaps increase as nearly 80% of Austin ISD students continue to learn from home

About one in 10 Austin ISD students failed a class this fall as the district adjusted to virtual learning.

RiverPark is a 109-acre project that is set to be phased in over the next 10-20 years along East Riverside Drive in Austin. (Rendering courtesy Sasaki)
Hundreds of acres, billions of dollars: Three major developments to follow in Austin

The EastVillage, River Park and Brodie Oaks projects will see the investment of billions of dollars into condos, apartments, office space, retail space, restaurants and more.

District 1 Council Member Natasha Harper-Madison, left, and District 10 Council Member Alison Alter will serve successive one-year terms as mayor pro tem. (Courtesy city of Austin/Alison Alter)
East Austin’s Natasha Harper-Madison, West Austin's Alison Alter will each serve one year as mayor pro tem

In a move Austin Mayor Steve Adler called "probably unprecedented," City Council has chosen two mayors pro tem.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
James Bass named executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Bass, the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, replaces Mike Heiligenstein, who stepped aside Jan. 24.

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Austin, Travis County leaders push for improved Austin Public Health vaccine registration portal

Austin Public Health is working to clean up glitches in its portal.

A nearly five-year project to improve I-35 in the area of William Cannon Drive and Stassney Lane is set to finish in mid-2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
I-35 news to follow in '21: Work finishing in South Austin, input to be gathered for managed lane projects

While one project in South Austin approaches its final months, the Texas Department of Transportation is gathering input for projects to add nontolled lanes to I-35 over the next several years.

The Texas Legislature is responsible for drawing lines for new state and federal districts. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Redistricting process affecting every level of government gets underway in 2021

The state's process is largely a political one, while the city's process is left to an independent commission.

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Travis County votes to accept application for Silicon Silver development incentives agreement

The company behind the project will be named once it submits an application and pays a $150,000 fee—the same as Tesla paid to apply for its hefty 2020 agreement.

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)
KOKEFest releases dates in Hutto; Marisol's Mexican Grill taking orders in Georgetown and more area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Austin ISD reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases the week of Jan. 4, but that number has decreased for two consecutive weeks, according to the district. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD sees 70% drop in on-campus students over past 2 weeks after district asks families to stay home

The district saw a 11,839-student decline in on-campus learning as AISD families opted for online learning from Jan. 12-22.

City officials are facing growing pressure to address the growing visibility of homelessness in Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Sanctioned homeless camp proposal gains attention from Austin leaders as pressure mounts

Mayor Steve Adler said the urgent need for shelter space and housing could overrule initial objections to sanctioned homeless encampments.