North Austin gaming destination Pinballz celebrates decade of business and 5 other business updates to know

Pinballz Arcade
The Original Pinballz Arcade recently celebrated 10 years of business in North Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Original Pinballz Arcade recently celebrated 10 years of business in North Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Now open

AB Liquor 2 held its grand opening at 1809 W. Anderson Lane, Unit 1, Austin, on the weekend of Nov. 14. The liquor store and bottle shop, operated by the same ownership group as the adjacent Sunrise Bottle Shop, sells high-end whiskeys and other rare spirits.

Tsaocaa in early November opened its first Texas store at 13776 N. US 183, Ste. 105, Austin. The Taiwanese bubble tea chain serves a full menu of fresh, iced and milk tea options with specialty flavors, such as its brown sugar milk tea with Oreo and milk foam. Tsaocaa also sells cheese tea, which is made with foamy milk and cream cheese. 737-202-4103.

Coming soon

Scrubs & Beyond is opening a location at the Shops at Arbor Walk at 10515 N. MoPac Expy., Ste. A-160, Austin. The retail store sells scrubs, pants, lab coats and other professional clothes for nurses and other health care workers. A projected opening date is not yet available.


The Original Pinballz Arcade on Nov. 20 celebrated its 10th year of business. According to the company, owner Darren Spohn opened the North Austin arcade and events center with his own personal collection of pinball machines and retro arcade cabinets.

Today, Pinballz boasts the largest pinball collection in Texas, according to the company’s website. The gaming floor at the Original Pinballz Arcade also features classic games such as skee ball, "Dance Dance Revolution" and a "Mario Kart" arcade game.



Backdraft Pizzeria in mid-October moved its food truck to Hopsquad Brewing Co., located at 2307 Kramer Lane, Austin. The food truck, previously located at 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, sells hand-tossed 12-inch pizzas made with high-quality ingredients. 512-387-1005.


North Austin bar and restaurant Mister Tramps Sports Pub, located at 8565 Research Blvd., Austin, reopened in September after undergoing interior renovations throughout the late spring and summer. Mister Tramps serves pizza and other pub fare and has more than 30 beers on tap at its bar. 512-837-3500.

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.