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)

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

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


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.

Texas

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.


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Paperboy's brick-and-mortar restaurant is now open in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Paperboy opens brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Austin

The breakfast and lunch spot has closed its two food trucks, which were located in East Austin and South Austin.

Jjim BBQ will be opening in the fall on South Lamar Boulevard. (Courtesy Jjim BBQ)
New Korean spot JJim BBQ to open in Lamar Union this fall

Min Choe, CEO and co-owner of Tso Chinese Delivery, is also part of the ownership group for the new restaurant.

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Travis County sees 572 new coronavirus cases

Meanwhile, Austin Public Health staff are readying the Austin Convention Center as a field hospital.

The Austin Convention Center will be ready to begin operations as a field hospital and start accepting patients July 21, according to Dr. Jason Pickett, the Austin-Travis County alternate health authority. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Convention Center will be ready July 21 to accept patients, even as COVID-19 hospitalization numbers offer 'glimmer of hope'

The daily hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients has leveled off, but public health officials said it is too early to say whether the plateau will continue or if hospitalization rates will continue the upward trajectory they were on in June and early July.

online
Gov. Abbott: Texas Education Agency to extend online learning option for school districts in 2020-21 school year

Texas school districts may be able to continue online learning for longer than three weeks, according to Gov. Greg Abbott.

Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20. (Courtesy Walmart)
UPDATED: Kroger joins Walmart, Sam's Club in requiring face coverings in all stores

Additionally, all Walmart stores will have a single entrance beginning July 20.

Maintenance work on the Redbud Trail Bridge will commence July 20. (Map rendering courtesy Austin Public Works)
Redbud Trail Bridge maintenance to cause lane closures starting July 20

A release from Austin Public Works states routine maintenance of the Redbud Trail Bridge over Lady Bird Lake will cause lane closures beginning July 20.

Dart Bowl will close for good July 17. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Brentwood bowling alley Dart Bowl closes after 62 years

The owners said the economic impact of the pandemic was too much to overcome.

Travis County primary runoff election results: Delia Garza, José Garza, Ann Howard and Dimple Malhotra earn runoff victories

José Garza will advance to November's general election after his victory over incumbent Margaret Moore. As of 10:45 p.m. on July 14, Garza had more than 68% of the vote.

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)
ELECTION RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14.

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Travis County cases are plateauing around 500 daily, Austin's top doctor says

Stage 5 risk is still likely to come, Dr. Mark Escott said, due to strained ICU capacity.