Central Austin news roundup: Neighborhood pop-up grocery project extended, The Trail Foundation opens new deck and more

The Sustainable Food Center announced July 7 its neighborhood pop-up grocery project will be extended through September. (Courtesy Sustainable Food Center)
The Sustainable Food Center announced July 7 its neighborhood pop-up grocery project will be extended through September. (Courtesy Sustainable Food Center)

The Sustainable Food Center announced July 7 its neighborhood pop-up grocery project will be extended through September. (Courtesy Sustainable Food Center)

1. Threadgill's Old No. 1 auctioned a collection of owner Eddie and Sandra Wilson's items including music memorabilia, Texas beer signs, posters and photos June 27. The longtime Austin restaurant and music venue, located at 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, closed in April after almost 40 years. www.threadgills.com

2. Rastegar Property Co. announced the purchase of the Mueller Point apartment complex June 24, located at 6707 Berkman Drive in the Windsor Park neighborhood. The company, which has bought aging complexes in various neighborhoods of Austin recently, plans a full interior renovation of the 41-unit multifamily complex. 512-729-7777. www.rastegarproperty.com

3. 24-Hour Fitness announced Jun 15 the company has filed for bankruptcy as a result of the "devastating effects" of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release. The location at 1000 E. 41st St., Austin, remains open with enhanced safety protocols. Locations in North Austin and Round Rock have closed, according to the company website. 512-458-2424. www.24hourfitness.com

4. GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani announced in a June 24 letter the domain registrar and web hosting company would close operations in Austin, resulting in 331 local layoffs. Overall, Bhutani said restructuring sales functions at the Arizona-based company have led to more than 480 layoffs and more than 320 team members being offered alternate roles. GoDaddy leased Austin office space at a new building at 2010 E. Sixth St. in 2019. 480-463-8389. www.godaddy.com

5. Le Politique, a French restaurant located at 110 San Antonio St., Austin, announced May 22 it will remain closed for months before making "a final determination on whether reopening in any capacity will make operational and financial sense." The downtown restaurant has been closed since March. 512-580-7651. www.lepolitiqueaustin.com

6. The Trail Foundation opened a new public deck on parkland along the section of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, on June 18. The project was funded by private donations to The Trail Foundation, which is responsible for improvement projects on the Butler Trail. 855-448-7245. www.thetrailfoundation.org

7. Professional ultimate team Austin Sol will not play this season after the American Ultimate Disc League announced the cancellation of its season June 25. This would have been the fifth season for the Sol, which said in a statement it "stands in full support of the decision to cancel the season." The team plays its home games at various fields in Austin, including Rudolph Gamblin Field at Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress Ave., Austin. www.theaudl.com/sol

8. The Sustainable Food Center announced July 7 it will extend its neighborhood pop-up grocery project through Sept. 30. The project, initially started in April, offers low-cost fresh produce boxes and other grocery items inside restaurants that have closed their dining rooms. There are 20 restaurants participating in the project, including Killa Wasi, 3913 Todd Lane, Ste. 607, Austin. 512-236-0074. www.sustainablefoodcenter.org


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