Foto//House opens new space, Dive Bar under new ownership and more business updates from downtown Austin

Foto//House recently opened its new photography studio on Guadalupe Street in Austin. (Courtesy Foto//House)
Foto//House recently opened its new photography studio on Guadalupe Street in Austin. (Courtesy Foto//House)

Foto//House recently opened its new photography studio on Guadalupe Street in Austin. (Courtesy Foto//House)

Find the latest business news from the northern side of downtown Austin, near the University of Texas campus.

1. Foto//House relocated to 1701 Guadalupe St., Austin, in February. Previously located inside Native Hostel, the photography studio includes 1,800 square feet of photography and videography space available for personal and commercial bookings. FOTO//HOUSE's team includes professional photographers Daniel Nguyen and Chisum Pierce as well as Native Hostel co-owner Antonio Madrid. The venue will host a series of industry nights, beginning with the music industry April 22, in which interested individuals can tour the space and network. 512-537-2506. www.fotohouse.co


2. Dive Bar, located at 1703 Guadalupe St., Austin, reopened March 15 under new management. The bar closed in the fall of 2020 due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic but is now once again operating under the ownership of FBR Management, which also runs Lavaca Street Bar, Mean Eyed Cat and Lala's Little Nugget. www.diveaustin.com

3. The Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District is expected to open this summer at 301 W. 17th St., Austin. The hotel, which is a joint venture between investment firm Rockbridge and developer HRI Properties LLC, will feature 214 rooms and a ground-level restaurant, bar and lounge. It will also include close to 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. The property has been under construction since September 2019. 512-319-3333. www.hilton.com

4. P. Terry's, which has a location at 517 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, announced March 1 a new $15 minimum wage for all its full-time employees. According to the local burger chain, the wage increase resulted in a 25% pay increase on average for employees and went into effect in January. According to a news release, P. Terry's has more than 900 employees across its 20 restaurants, central commissary kitchen and one Taco Ranch location. www.pterrys.com
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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