Austin vaccine slots to open March 18 plus Round Rock business updates: News from Central Texas

A volunteer works at Delco Activity Center on March 13, helping Texas residents receive COVID-19 vaccines. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
A volunteer works at Delco Activity Center on March 13, helping Texas residents receive COVID-19 vaccines. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

A volunteer works at Delco Activity Center on March 13, helping Texas residents receive COVID-19 vaccines. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.


After technical struggles, Austin Public Health to release more vaccine appointment slots March 18

Some 2,300 people were able to receive appointments March 15, so APH will once again open the window for appointments March 18.

Southwest Austin

Texas Ceviche Co. opens, Urban Roots begins farming and more South Austin business news

Here is the latest business news from the South Austin area.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Me So Poke brings affordable option to traditional sushi lovers

Students at nearby Vandegrift High School have traded in the after-school burger and fries for a healthier option of fresh fish and vegetables, according to Jane Ko, who is part of the team that owns Me So Poke.

Northwest Austin

Check out these 7 new and upcoming gyms, fashion retailers and more at The Domain and Domain Northside

Picolé on Feb. 27 held a grand opening for its first Austin location at 11501 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 156, Austin. The confectionary store sells picoles—gourmet Brazilian frozen popsicles—made with an assortment of fillings ranging from fruit to tequila.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Parasol food truck to bring unique sandwiches to downtown Buda in April

The mobile cafe known as Parasol will be bringing its unique brand of sandwiches to downtown Buda at 400 N. Main St. at the Railswitch in early April. The food truck's featured menu items include the Chimichurry Steak Salad, Pork Karate Schnitzel Sandwich and a cornflake-crusted PBJ.

Round Rock

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery holds grand opening, plus 4 more Round Rock business updates

The luck of the Irish abounds as Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery celebrates its grand opening in Round Rock, featuring an on-site beer garden, wine cellar and microbrewery.

Nicholas Cicale, Greg Perliski, Iain Oldman, Jack Flagler, Brian Rash and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.


Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

Mes Amis is an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for picnics. Two new fitness studios, Hive + Honey and Regymen, are also now open.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

Barton Springs Pool, shown here in March 2020, will require reservations for residents wishing to visit after 8 a.m. starting on May 17. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 21

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.

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TxDOT to demolish I-35 ramp in North Austin early Saturday morning

State crews will perform controlled implosions of the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover between 6-8 a.m. in the morning on May 8 and May 15.