Check out August coverage of Austin-area businesses

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.


The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period across Texas roads will start on May 24. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
TxDOT will launch annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign Monday, May 24

The campaign comes after a 2020 that saw a 16% increase in deaths of unbuckled motorists.

The city began looking into establishing sanctioned campgrounds after Proposition B's passage in May. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than 40 city-owned properties now under review as possible designated campsites for homeless

Staff have compiled a list of several dozen properties spread across Austin's 10 City Council districts and will continue their review of the sites this month.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Public schools can't require students, staff to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Abbott says

"Texans, not government, should decide their best health practices, which is why masks will not be mandated by public school districts or government entities," Gov. Greg Abbott said.

Photo of the Austin skyline from Zilker Park
Austin-Travis County moves down to Stage 2 coronavirus risk, relaxes mask recommendations for vaccinated individuals

Fully vaccinated residents of Travis County now have the option to forego a mask in most circumstances.

A previously released proposal for the former HealthSouth property's redevelopment from Aspen Heights Partners centers on two towers containing a range of community benefits. (Courtesy Austin Economic Development Department)
Agreement between Austin, Aspen Heights Partners outlines benefits to be included in redevelopment of former HealthSouth property

As previously outlined by City Council members, the tower project is set to include community benefits such as affordable housing, local businesses, a live music venue and public open spaces.

Photo of shoppers eyeing a table of books
Texas Book Festival announces in-person and online events this fall

The annual festival will have a hybrid model this year after going virtual in 2020.

Raising Cane's sells chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, crinkle-cut fries, Texas toast and more. (Courtesy Raising Cane's)
Raising Cane's to open 2nd Cedar Park restaurant; Tacodeli coming to Circle C and more Central Texas news

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

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Photo of an H-E-B store
H-E-B makes curbside services free

Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived on purchases of $35 or more. Orders worth less than $35 will have a $2.95 "small basket surcharge" attached.

I-35 at US 183 interchange
Watch for nightly lane closures on US 183 as TxDOT builds new I-35 flyover

TxDOT will close the northbound US 183 main lanes and frontage roads on an alternating basis beginning May 17.

Photo of a girl weariing a mask and backpack
Austin ISD: mask policy to remain after new CDC guidance

The district said it would continue to require masks at least through the end of the current school year.