Food bank reschedules distribution, Georgetown's Blue Hole Park closes and more: Business and community news from Austin area

A volunteer loads food into a a car during a Central Texas Food Bank distribution event at the Toney Burger Center in South Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)
A volunteer loads food into a a car during a Central Texas Food Bank distribution event at the Toney Burger Center in South Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)

A volunteer loads food into a a car during a Central Texas Food Bank distribution event at the Toney Burger Center in South Austin. (Courtesy Central Texas Food Bank)

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Central Austin

Central Texas Food Bank reschedules distribution to June 30 at Travis County Expo Center

A drive-thru food distribution event that was scheduled to take place June 25 at Nelson Field in Northeast Austin will instead take place June 30 at the Travis County Exposition Center, 7311 Decker Lane, from 9 a.m.-noon.


Georgetown closes Blue Hole Park to enforce physical distancing orders

The city of Georgetown announced effective June 26, Blue Hole Park will be closed to the public until further notice to help enforce physical distancing, according to a June 25 news release.

Marisol's Mexican Grill coming soon to Georgetown

Marisol's will replace Bella Sera Italian Restaurant at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown.

Southwest Austin

Evo Entertainment CEO looking forward to new Dripping Springs cinema

Evo Entertainment Group is preparing to open its new Beltera Village movie theater July 8, and CEO Mitch Roberts said the Evo team is excited to be a part of the Dripping Springs community.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Hays County to offer free COVID-19 testing for 10 additional days

Hays County announced June 24 that there will be 10 additional days of free COVID-19 testing available in the county offered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Army National Guard.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Black Walnut Cafe permanently closes all Austin locations

Black Walnut Cafe announced June 22 the permanent closure of both its Austin locations after seven years in the Austin area. The closure will be effective immediately at the Four Points location at 10817 RM 2222, Austin, as well as at the location in Austin Commons.


As Fourth of July approaches and coronavirus numbers spike, local officials, medical experts plead with Texans to be safe

Every day for nearly two weeks, from June 12-24, Texas reported a record number of daily hospitalizations. On June 23, the testing positivity rate exceeded 10%, up from a range of 4%-6% in April and May.

Ali Linan, Jack Flagler, Evelin Garcia, Nicholas Cicale and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.


Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine wait after receiving their shot at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
National supply issues with Johnson & Johnson vaccine affect Austin-area shipments

After a manufacturing error ruined 15 million doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the supply will not increase until the plant in Baltimore is once again allowed to participate in production.

Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
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Austin Public Health coronavirus vaccine portal opens to all adults April 12

APH will continue outreach efforts to high-priority groups.

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph started the scholarship fund, which will provide $6,000 to two ACC students and give them the opportunity to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants.

Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After winter storm, Austin puts together a plan for better temporary shelters

The locations, which could be schools, libraries or recreation centers, would be disconnected from traditional infrastructure and be able to sustain operations if the city were to experience widespread power or water outages.

Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD community conversation sessions continuing through May 6

The series offers AISD families an opportunity to learn about the district’s strategic plan and ongoing budget planning.

Photo of a spread of fancy food
Lutie's Garden Restaurant now open at Commodore Perry Estate

The restuarant features "Texas heritage fare" by an award-winning husband-and-wife pair of chefs.

A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amid the struggle to get vaccinated, these Austin moms have helped over 3,900 people get appointments

The women volunteer their time searching for hard-to-find time slots that often become available in the middle of the night.

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Austin Public Library to begin resuming in-person services May 10

Austin Public Library will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020.