Masks no longer required in Georgetown city facilities; Chili's opens in Four Points and more Central Texas news

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Masks will no longer be required at city facilities. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Georgetown

Masks will no longer be required in Georgetown city facilities

Starting May 17, masks will no longer be required in Georgetown city facilities but only encouraged, per City Council direction during its regular meeting May 11.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle



Big Rob's Burgers opens new Kyle location

Big Rob's Burgers began serving customers May 5 in The Bread Basket convenience store at 1290 Bebee Road, Kyle. The shop sells quarter-pound burgers served on Hawaiian buns, and popular appetizers include the fried pickles and fried mushrooms.

Louie's Craft BBQ announces brick-and-mortar location in Buda in early 2022

Louie’s first opened in Buda in 2019, and aside from brisket, pulled pork, sausage and ribs, serves sandwiches and various types of loaded potatoes.

Northwest Austin

Chili's Grill & Bar opens newest Austin restaurant in Four Points area

Chili’s Grill & Bar in late April opened its newest Austin location at 7710 N. RM 620, Bldg. 2, Austin, in the Four Points area. This Chili’s location offers curbside pickup service, delivery through Doordash and alcohol to go.

Leander-Cedar Park

Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences closing Leander bookshop

Patchouli Joe's Books and Indulgences will close its Leander shop May 13 and relocate the bookstore to Denton, according to owners Joe and Diane Mayes.

Statewide

Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

On May 12, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 1024, which allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go.

Claire Shoop, Fernanda Figueroa, Brian Rash, Warren Brown, Iain Oldman and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.



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UT Austin football stadium filled with fans
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Nightly closures on I-35 mainlanes north of Georgetown planned this weekend, June 11-13

Both directions of I-35 mainlanes will be totally closed at points this weekend as the state demolishes a bridge.

The extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard is underway north of Hwy. 79. (Amy Bryant/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Candlewood Suites is located at 10811 Pecan Park Blvd., Bldg. 2, Austin. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council votes for improved coordination with local counties on homeless issues; no action taken on Williamson County Candlewood Suites purchase before summer break

Council members unaimously approved a resolution aimed at improving collaboration on homeless strategy between Austin and local county officials June 10.

Gypsy Ice can be found at different locations in Georgetown and be requested for events. (Courtesy Gypsy Ice)
Gypsy Ice sweets trailer now open in Georgetown

Gypsy Ice offers a variety of naturally flavored shaved ice.

Amberlin Georgetown will feature resort-style amenities. (Courtesy Compass Communications)
New active adult community Amberlin Georgetown to bring 188 residential units

The active living community will provide 188 residential units for residents 55 and older

Wayne Reed has served as assistant city manager since January 2016. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Assistant City Manager Wayne Reed leaves Georgetown

Police Chief Wayne Nero will serve as interim assistant city manager.

The amendment will allow for an increase of residential units from 7,500 to 7,575 at 135 Sun City Boulevard. (Courtesy Hunter Pontious)
75 new residential units coming to Sun City

Georgetown City Council approved the increase on June 8.

Gov. Greg Abbott, center signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law June 8 in response to the devastating winter storm last February. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott signs bills to reform ERCOT and weatherize Texas power grid

The bills will go into effect Sept. 1 and aim to reform ERCOT leadership and increase accountability and communication among power agencies.

Other sections of the city charter to be considered for revision include qualifications for city employees, City Council vacancies and general power, among others. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown City Council leans toward establishing term limits

Council members agreed that if the charter amendments receive voter approval, they would take effect after Jan. 1, 2022.