Capital Metro opens downtown Austin station and more Central Texas news

Capital Metro celebrated the opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail hub Oct. 19. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro celebrated the opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail hub Oct. 19. (Courtesy Capital Metro)

Capital Metro celebrated the opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail hub Oct. 19. (Courtesy Capital Metro)

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Central Austin

Expanded MetroRail station opens in Austin's downtown

Capital Metro hosted the grand opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail station Oct. 19, welcoming the first official train to the station.

Downtown brunch and biscuit joint Holy Roller closes its doors

Holy Roller, the all-day biscuit and brunch spot at 590 Rio Grande St., Austin, closed Oct. 18. "I am so fortunate in this life to have been a part of something so spectacular, and I am eternally grateful for the friendships and partnerships that have carried me through this whirlwind," owner Callie Speer wrote in an Instagram post.


Buffalo Seven boutique offers clothes, jewelry and place to gather in Georgetown

After 20 years in corporate marketing, Kris Stevens lost her job.

“I cried for an hour, and then I said, ‘God, I have forced this career long enough; I’m going to start doing what I love and direct my steps; I’m going to listen to you.’”

The decision would eventually lead to opening Buffalo Seven, a clothing, accessories and decor boutique in downtown Georgetown.

Tejano Cookers BBQ and Catering Co. food truck brings South Texas barbecue to Georgetown

In July, despite the coronavirus pandemic pushing some businesses to close, Chris Rodriguez and his wife, Angie, decided to make their business permanent, opening a food truck located off Shell Road near Hwy. 195. With help from his cousin Erica Cansino and her husband, Tony Cansino, who works as the assistant pitmaster, the team sells out most days.

Leander-Cedar Park

Blue Corn Harvest coming to Leander and 5 more local business updates

These Cedar Park and Leander businesses are now open, coming soon, relocating or expanding.

New Braunfels

Sidecar opens new 'Snug Rooms' in New Braunfels, plus more local business news

Here is the latest New Braunfels business news.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Meet the families behind 71 Painted Wines, Spicewood’s new wine company benefiting paralysis research

A new family-owned wine company, 71 Painted Wines, launched in the Spicewood area this October. The company was started by the Dunten and Taliaferro families with the goal of combining wine, art and philanthropy.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Mill Street Market officially open in San Marcos

Mill Street Market on Oct. 15 celebrated the grand opening of its new-concept neighborhood grocery store located at 641 Mill St., within the Mill Street Crossing shopping center in San Marcos.

Brian Rash, Olivia Aldridge, Amy Rae Dadamo, Ali Linan, Taylor Girtman, Jack Flagler, Sally Grace Holtgrieve and Lauren Canterberry contributed to this report.


Local Austin act the Peterson Brothers perform at the historic Continental Club in 2019. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council experiment could send $15 million in hotel taxes to 'iconic' music venues, restaurants

The move represents the latest attempt by the city to save live music venues and restaurants that are struggling through the pandemic.

A proposed mixed-use development at the Brodie Oaks Shopping Center in Southwest Austin would invest $1 billion over a decade and could start construction in 2022 or 2023. (Rendering courtesy Lionheart Places/WP Visions LLC San Antonio)
$1 billion development project on its way to Southwest Austin along Barton Creek Greenbelt

The project would include 3 million square feet of hotel, residential, office, retail and restaurant space along with 13.7 acres of green space.

Early voting opens Dec. 3 for runoff elections for Austin City Council and the Austin ISD board of trustees. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin runoff elections: Who is on the ballot, where to vote and when polls are open

Polls open at 7 a.m. Dec. 3 for early voting in the runoff election. Two Austin City Council positions and two Austin ISD board seats are open.

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.