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)

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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 health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

Sold sign
Central Austin continues trend of rising home prices in recent report

The monthly median housing price in October for Central Austin climbed to $625,000.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

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The Bridge at Turtle Creek apartment complex will provide more than 300 affordable units upon completion in 2022. (Rendering courtesy Journeyman Group)
Austin development updates: Apartments could replace two Rainey Street bars, 307 affordable housing units coming to South First Street area

A 569-foot apartment complex could replace Javelina and Craft Bar. Meanwhile, development continues in the St. Elmo area.

Falafel—served in a pita or without one—is TLV's most ordered dish. (Courtesy TLV)
Still open for takeout, TLV is the lone restaurant operating in Fareground food hall

"We will make it through these tough times," said chef Berty Richter.

Trail of Lights (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Holiday markets, strolls, tree lightings and Trail of Lights: 18 events in the Austin area in November and December

The Trail of Lights has gone drive-thru this year, while the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is taking free, ticketed reservations to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.

Laura Colangelo
Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.

Festival attendees will have access to augmented reality artworks throughout the galleria. (Courtesy Bee Cave Arts Foundation)
Inaugural interactive light festival coming soon to Bee Cave and more Central Texas updates

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Campuses in Austin ISD may close to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD classes could go virtual for the week following Thanksgiving break

The district will make a final decision about closing schools by Nov. 25.

Schools now have the power to temporarily suspend on-campus instruction if “a significant number of the instructional staff at the campus is impacted due to a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency authorizes schools to close doors for 14 days due to coronavirus-related staffing concerns

Campuses can now instate a hybrid or fully remote instruction model for up to 14 days if adequate instructional staffing is not possible due to high numbers of COVID-19 cases among employees.