Q&A with new Williamson County sheriff; Mighty Fine Burgers sold and more top Central Texas news

Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)
Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)

Mike Gleason is Williamson County's newest sheriff. (Courtesy Mike Gleason)

Read the most popular news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Williamson County

Looking ahead: A Q&A with new Williamson County Sheriff Mike Gleason

Mike Gleason was sworn in Jan. 1 as Williamson County’s new sheriff.

Community Impact Newspaper spoke with Gleason in December about the new role and how he plans to lead the department moving forward.



See how COVID-19 impacted Williamson County in December

Williamson County added more than 7,300 confirmed coronavirus cases in December, its highest monthly increase since the start of the pandemic in March, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

Central Austin

Mighty Fine Burgers acquired by Austin restaurateurs behind The League Kitchen & Tavern, Tony C’s

Austin-based hospitality company K&N Management has sold Mighty Fine Burgers Fries & Shakes, which has existed in the Greater Austin area for more than 10 years, to lifelong Austinites and restaurateurs Tony Ciola and Creed Ford, co-owners and founders of Tc4 & Co., the hospitality company behind Tony C’s Coal Fired Pizza and The League Kitchen & Tavern.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Black Rock Coffee Bar announces Round Rock opening date, 3 other business updates

Black Rock Coffee Bar has announced its Round Rock location will open Jan. 8.

Southwest Austin

Coming soon to South Austin: The Salty Donut, Pinthouse Pizza, Tiny Grocer and more

See the latest business news from South Austin, including the arrivals of two new breweries and Whole Earth Provision Co.'s 50th anniversary.

Ali Linan, Amy Rae Dadamo, Kelsey Thompson and Jack Flagler contributed to this report.






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