IMPACT ROUNDUP: Central Austin business celebrates five-year anniversary

Con' Olio Oils and Vinegars, 215 Lavaca St., will celebrate its five-year anniversary Nov. 20.

Owners Jeff and Tabatha Conarko started the business, which has expanded to include three Austin locations. Their shop offers extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars.

To commemorate the anniversary each location will host a happy hour from 4–7 p.m. Nov. 20 during which guests can enjoy wine, specialty cocktails and small bites created using in-house oils and vinegars. Con'Olio Oils and Vinegars will also offer discounted merchandise. 512-495-1559.


NOW OPEN—Tex-Mex restaurant Vivo, 6406 N. I-35, Ste. 2343, reopened Oct. 22 in a new location with new ownership. The new Vivo has a slightly different menu and will now serve brunch Sunday and Monday. The original eatery on Manor Road closed in March due to a dispute between the previous owner and the site's landlord. 512-407-8251

NOW OPEN—The University of Texas graduate Dr. Michael Patton launched Medical Innovation Labs on Oct. 14. The business aims to connect researchers with clinicians to help improve healthcare through innovative medical solutions. Entrepreneurs with ideas for solving clinical problems can work with MIL on a concept and develop a prototype. MIL provides feedback on ideas and plans to launch a prototype lab close to campus.

RELOCATION—After 5 1/2 years west of the Austin Convention Center, Downtown Burgers in October was forced to relocate, owner Steve McDermott said, finding a new location at 503 E. Cesar Chavez St. McDermott said another vendor agreed to pay his old landlord higher rent at his former location at 350 Trinity St. He anticipates remaining at the location south of the convention center for two years until the property is developed. 512-445-2900.

CLOSED—Rio's Brazilian Cafe, 408 N. Pleasant Valley Road, closed Nov. 2. The restaurant opened in January 2010 and its owners made Brazilian fare from scratch. Rio's served breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ANNIVERSARIES—Kebabalicious, 1311 E. 7th Street, celebrated its one-year anniversary in its first brick-and-mortar location Nov. 2. The eatery also celebrated its 8th birthday and launched its new Baklava ice cream sandwich made with help from Southern Oracle Sorbet. 512-394-6562.

By Jennifer Curington
Jennifer covers Austin City Council, its various committees and local business news. After covering Florida's 2013 legislative session she graduated from Georgia Southern University and joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2014.


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