Foxy's Proper Pub will celebrate its grand opening on St. Patrick's Day. (Courtesy Consumable Content)
1. Foxy’s Proper Pub will hold its grand opening March 17 at 201 Brazos St., Austin, in the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant La Volpe. Sharing ownership with neighboring restaurant Cedar Door, the new Irish pub is a multilevel venue serving cocktails, beer, wide-ranging Irish whiskey options and a hearty Irish food menu. The grand opening event will be a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring a festive Irish menu and live music in the courtyard. www.foxysproperpub.com
2. Aspen Heights Partners announced plans Feb. 4 to redesign the site of the former downtown Austin HealthSouth rehabilitation facility to create a mixed-use office and residential space. Located at the corner of 12th and Red River streets, the project will include a 36-story residential tower, a 15-story office building, a small elevated park and around 25,000 square feet of retail space. The project will have 25% of its 160 condominiums and 348 rental units reserved as affordable housing, per an agreement with the city of Austin. The project will break ground in 2023 with plans for completion by 2026. www.ahpliving.com
3. Texas French Bread is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021. Founder Judy Wilcott opened Texas French Bread in 1981 at 2900 Rio Grande St., Austin. Today, the bakery and bistro serves soups, salads, sandwiches, coffee, pastries and, of course, fresh bread. 512-499-0544. www.texasfrenchbread.com
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.
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