2020 in review: Check out every restaurant we featured this year

Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Wally's Burger Express (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is a roundup of every Northwest Austin restaurant feature published by Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.

Li Hot Pot & BBQ

Thomas Li, owner of Li Hot Pot & BBQ, said he believes hot pot restaurants are an emerging food trend popping up in America’s big cities, including Austin. But the Chinese immigrant recalls that the specific style of cuisine was nowhere to be found when he came to the U.S. a handful of years ago. Read the full story here. (Note from the writer: Li Hot Pot & BBQ has closed since the original article was published.)


To survive in the restaurant industry, PitaLicious co-owner Mike Zayour believes one really has to love food.

“This is what we eat,” he said. “We love to share our food with everybody. My comfort zone is food. I’ve talked to a lot of people, and if you don’t love the food business, you’re not going to last.” Read the full story here.

Wally's Burger Express

With 40 years of business under his belt, Wally’s Burger Express owner Robert Mayfield credits a few simple rules for the continued success of his Northwest Austin restaurant. Read the full story here.

Tso Chinese Delivery

Following a food donation campaign in April that saw his restaurant distribute more than $45,000 of free meals to local residents in need, Min Choe, the co-founder and CEO of Tso Chinese Delivery, said the restaurant was looking to pivot efforts to continue serving communities in need. Read the full story here.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

After feeding thousands of front-line health care workers through May, Hopdoddy Burger Bar has shifted its charitable efforts to serve restaurant workers suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.

Delaware Sub Shop

Delaware Sub Shop has seen more U.S. presidents—seven—than the total number of hot subs offered on its menu—six.

Shop owner Pete Adenski said that is exactly why his eatery has thrived since Jimmy Carter was president: keep it simple and use quality ingredients. Read the full story here.

Heaven's Bistro Bakery

Before Ghufrana Mahrukh, owner and head baker at Heaven’s Bistro Bakery, opened her eatery, the pastry chef said she was having a hard time finding a bakery that satisfied her standards in the North Austin area. Read the full story here.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


Austin Police Department
UPDATE: Loop 360 closed in both directions in Northwest Austin due to a shooting incident

Residents who live in the Arboretum area in Northwest Austin are advised to shelter in place.

The Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a nightly lane closure for RM 620 southbound motorists beginning April 18 through April 22. (Courtesy Fotolia)
TxDOT lane closure scheduled for RM 620 beginning April 18

The right lane of RM 620 southbound will be closed due to utility work.

Early voting for the May 1 election opens April 19 at a 7 a.m. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting in Austin opens April 19: See what’s on the ballot, where to vote

City residents will be making decisions on eight propositions ranging from whether to adopt a strong mayor government system to whether to reinstate public camping bans.

The RealReal in Domain Northside
Luxury resale shop The RealReal opens first Texas store in North Austin

The RealReal offers high-end brands at a discounted price through consignment and resale.

The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Javier Ambler’s Law awaits Texas Senate approval

The bill passed the House on April 15.

Austin transportation officials said April 15 the range of corridor construction program projects initiated through the city's 2016 Mobility Bond remain on track for completion by late 2024. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several Austin corridor mobility projects moving forward in 2021, program on track for 2024 completion

Transportation officials said some corridor program improvements previously planned along Guadalupe Street and East Riverside Drive are being reduced ahead of Project Connect expansions.

Round Rock ISD trustees voted to maintain the district's mask policy that requires masks on school property. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Mask policy remains in place for Round Rock ISD

A motion that would have lifted part of the district's policy failed.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Teachers in Round Rock will receive a 1% pay increase for the 2021-22 school year. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Teachers in Round Rock ISD to see 1% salary increase for 2021-22

The increase will cost the district roughly $4.6 million and is included in the proposed budget.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
New coronavirus cases continue to be reported even as vaccinations ramp up in Williamson County

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
How, where to watch historic first Austin FC match April 17

Check out this list of breweries, pubs and restaurants around Central Texas that are hosting watch parties for April 17's inaugural Austin FC game.

Z'Tejas' chorizo dumplings are served on the Arboretum location's porch. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Z'Tejas to open in Avery Ranch; butcher, deli to open in Dripping Springs and more Central Texas news

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