IMPACT ROUNDUP: Colorado-based sandwich shop coming to Austin

A Colorado-based shop called Snarf's Sandwiches plans to open its first Austin location in late April.

The company is developing its first Texas location at 2901 Medical Arts St. near The University of Texas campus. Started in 1996 in Boulder, Snarf's offers toasted and specialty sandwiches as well as hot dogs, grilled bologna sandwiches and salads.

The family-owned chain is in the midst of an expansion, having recently opened locations in Chicago and St. Louis.

Other Impacts:

NOW OPEN—Two new nightlife venues, Vinyl and Upstairs on Trinity, opened Jan. 16 at 607 Trinity St. Vinyl, a music lounge next to The Chicago House, will feature local musicians and DJs, while Upstairs on Trinity, located above Chicago House, seeks to offer a more subdued atmosphere complete with wine, champagne, sangrias and small plates. 512-358-6202.

NOW OPEN—EcoClean, an environmentally friendly dry cleaners and laundry site, opened its third location Dec. 9 in South Austin, 2149 S. Lamar Blvd. After 15 years in business on Guadalupe Street near The University of Texas campus, the company also opened a new location on West Anderson Lane. 512-236-8645.

NOW OPEN—After closing in April to undergo renovations, the North Lamar Driver License Office reopened Jan. 2 at 6121 N. Lamar Blvd. The building's interior was updated while various technology upgrades were made to better assist residents. The office now uses the same queuing system as seen at the Department of Public Safety mega centers, allowing customers to remotely secure a spot in line before going to the office. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., open until 6 p.m. Tuesdays. 512-424-2076.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.