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


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.


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.