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.)

PitaLicious

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.


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Gucci storefront, Razer immersive experience coming to The Domain in early 2022

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San Marcos Fuel Express is located at 5403 I-35, San Marcos. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos Fuel Express now open

The new gas station also features a drive-thru car wash and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
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Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida. (Courtsey Central Texas Food Bank)
Central Texas Food Bank CEO Derrick Chubbs steps down

Derrick Chubbs is leaving Austin for a food bank in Florida.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
State could take over AISD school board if poorly rated campus does not improve next year

If the school does receive an improved rating, the state's commissioner of education could replace every member of Austin ISD's school board.

Austin ISD trustee Noelita Lugo argues for breaking down student achievement measures by race in the district's 2021-2026 scorecard, rather than examining only economically disadvantaged students without racial groups. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD considers how to measure equity gaps in academic achievement

Austin ISD trustees are continuing to work out details of the 2021-2026 district scorecard, which measures progress on equity goals.

Austin City Council made changes to arts and library funding among other decisions Dec. 2. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Arts community, homeless health care program get funding, plus other actions

City Council approved more than 50 items Dec. 2, changing the Office of Civil Rights, doling out funding and more.

The work is expected to last into early 2026. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
183 North project on track to begin in early 2022

The project will add two tolled and one non-tolled lane in each direction.

Council Member Greg Casar speaks at a press conference outside City Hall ahead of a vote to approve an ordinance granting the Austin Office of Civil Rights enforcement power. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin Office of Civil Rights granted new powers

An ordinance passed by Austin City Council on Dec. 2 creates additional civil and criminal penalties for discrimination.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The existing gallery location on South Lamar Boulevard will close on Dec. 20. (Courtesy Ao5 Gallery)
Ao5 Gallery relocating from South Austin to The Arboretum this winter

With the relocation to Northwest Austin, Ao5 Gallery will expand its custom framing services, have better parking, be able to display more art and be able to accommodate more guests for live events, according to officials with the gallery.