Austin changes on-street parking and more Central Texas news

At on-street parking stations such as this one on the University of Texas campus, drivers no longer need to print a sticker to attach to their windshield. Instead, they can enter their license plate number to stay for up to 10 hours. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
At on-street parking stations such as this one on the University of Texas campus, drivers no longer need to print a sticker to attach to their windshield. Instead, they can enter their license plate number to stay for up to 10 hours. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

At on-street parking stations such as this one on the University of Texas campus, drivers no longer need to print a sticker to attach to their windshield. Instead, they can enter their license plate number to stay for up to 10 hours. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest Central Texas business and community news.

Central Austin

On-street parking changes in Austin: Windshield stickers, time limits are no more

Starting Sept. 1, the city of Austin is changing its system for drivers parking at on-street metered spaces throughout the city.

Downtown Austin business updates: Tears of Joy, B.D. Riley's to close Sixth Street locations; Donn's Depot fights to hang on



Here is the latest business news from downtown Austin.

Northwest Austin

Roundup: Ross’ Old Austin Cafe reopens as Luisa’s Patio and other Northwest Austin restaurant news

North Austin staple Ross’ Old Austin Cafe officially reopened in mid-August as Luisa’s Patio, located at 11800 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. Luisa’s Patio sells traditional Mexican dishes, such as street tacos, sopes and enchiladas, and serves Latin American-inspired alcoholic drinks.

Leander-Cedar Park

Lakewood Park to open Sept. 5 in Leander

Leander's Lakewood Park will open to the public Sept. 5 with reserved time slots for social distancing.

Austin office design company to relocate headquarters to Cedar Park in 2021

After 23 years in Austin, Facilities Resource Inc. will relocate its headquarters to Cedar Park in 2021.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Irish microbrewery Cork & Barrel to open in Round Rock and 4 other business updates

A new restaurant and microbrewery is set to open in Round Rock this fall, a blend between an authentic Irish pub experience and traditional Texan hospitality.

Round Rock ISD to offer curbside library services

A new grab-and-go curbside library service is in the works at Round Rock ISD, the district announced Aug. 28. RRISD will begin rolling out the service at several campuses the week of Aug. 30, with districtwide completion planned by Sept. 7.

Southwest Austin

New Dripping Springs drive-in theater set for screenings this week

After a successful trial run this weekend, the Dripping Springs Drive In-Cinema is set to open Sept. 2, with an opening week schedule that includes screenings of "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Groundhog Day," "Back to the Future" and "Shrek."

Four new dining options on the way to South Austin, plus more local business news

Here is a look at seven of the most recent restaurant and business updates from the South Austin and Dripping Springs area.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

San Marcos to host Bioblitz to connect residents with nature

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department will host its first Bioblitz event throughout September to crowdsource data about local pollinating wildlife.

A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar closes in San Marcos; OTSU Sushi coming soon

A-Tan Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar has closed its San Marcos location at 407 Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 101. A-Tan's other shops in New Braunfels and Seguin remain open for business.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels facilities to close for Labor Day holiday

In observance of Labor Day on Sept. 7, some city of New Braunfels facilities will be closed or have adjusted hours Sept. 5-7.

Lauren Canterberry, Iain Oldman, Jack Flagler, Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale and Warren Brown contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

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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.