Leander's Cherry Creek Catfish closes, Golden Rule restaurant opens in Georgetown: Most popular news from Central Texas

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular Austin-area news from the past week.

Cherry Creek Catfish in Leander closes

After recently celebrating its five-year anniversary, Cherry Creek Catfish in Leander has closed.

New Braunfels GLO property under contract by SouthStar

The 1,963-acre Texas General Land Office property split by I-35 on the north side of New Braunfels is now under contract by SouthStar Communities.

Williamson County and Cities Health District issues statement on school reopenings

As schools look to their options for offering classes this fall, many have asked the Williamson County and Cities Health District to make a determination as to whether it is safe to offer on-campus classes and what “safe” might look like in terms of hard numbers, said a July 29 news release.

Austin area's COVID-19 hospital admissions hit lowest levels since June

Austin Public Health reported a seven-day moving average of 47 new daily admissions of COVID-19 patients in the Austin metropolitan area July 27, the lowest rate since June 24. On July 27 individually, 34 coronavirus patients were admitted. In early July, daily admission rates had topped 75, threatening to put the Austin area at Stage 5 pandemic risk.

Golden Rule restaurant now open near Georgetown Square

Golden Rule, a new restaurant one block east of the Georgetown Square, is now open. The restaurant opened July 23. The establishment offers a menu with a variety of cuisine, including Texas fried shrimp, pecan fried chicken and sweet glazed Brussels sprouts, but the menu is subject to change.

Brian Perdue, Warren Brown, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Olivia Aldridge and Ali Linan contributed to this report.


Austin Mayor Steve Adler (Courtesy ATXN)
Austin mayor pushes for new ideas in policing, $100M cut to police budget during State of the City address

Austin Mayor Steve Adler also said the city needs a police chief who will champion change.

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Travis County adds 202 new coronavirus cases Aug. 5

The county has confirmed 22,024 cases of the virus, with an estimated 20,059 recoveries.

A camp is set up by someone experiencing homelessness in August 2019. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Petition to reinstate Austin's homeless camping ban ruled invalid by city clerk

The group behind the petition said "this fight is not over."

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

Austin City Hall was one of several downtown buildings to get vandalized during June's protests against police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Latest Austin police budget proposal seeks compromise, longer-term commitment to transformational change

The effort to make significant changes to the Austin Police Department has been met with clashing interests.

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Travis County health authority tells residents to 'stay the course' as cases plateau

Austin Public Health reported 273 new cases Aug. 5, higher than the seven-day moving average of 218 daily confirmed COVID-19 cases. APH also confirmed 41 new hospital admissions of coronavirus.

A photo of a sign for Austin Java
Austin Java closes 3 locations in Austin and Dripping Springs

Austin Java's City Hall, Met Center and Dripping Springs locations will close.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

Dell Children's Medical Center announced its new pediatric heart transplant program July 31. (Courtesy Dell Children's Medical Center)
Dell Children's begins pediatric heart transplant program

The hospital says the new program means children and their families will no longer have to travel outside of Central Texas for complex heart transplant procedures.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.