Gaming establishment Lucky Hippo opened April 11 at 6081 FM 1660, Ste. 400, Hutto. Patrons at Lucky Hippo can play a selection of casino-style games. A portion of the proceeds go to local nonprofits including the Hutto Resource Center, Texas Firewalkers and the Texas Fallen Project. 737-642-9777. www.myluckyhippo.com
A new sushi restaurant called Sushi Zoa opened April 10 at 4909 Gattis School Road, Ste. 120, Hutto. The restaurant’s menu includes sushi rolls, sashimi, teriyaki, and an assortment of other Japanese and Korean dishes. Sushi Zoa also has a sommelier to help with wine pairings. Owner Jay Chung previously owned and operated Ebisu Japanese Restaurant in Austin before selling to new owners. 512-300-0089. www.sushizoa.com
A new location of national sports retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors will come to Hutto’s Townwest Commons shopping center on Hwy. 79. The city and Townwest Commons developer NewQuest Properties announced Academy would build the store at an April 6 City Council meeting. NewQuest Managing Partner Jay Sears said the 50,000-square-foot store will be the ninth in the Austin area. Sears said construction will begin before the end of April, and it is expected to be ready to open by early 2024. www.academy.com
An Uptown Liquor and Vape is coming to 6111 S. FM 1660, Ste. 100, Hutto. Managing partner Asif Prasla confirmed construction on the store should be complete by June 1 but could not yet provide an opening date. When complete, the store will occupy 1,500 square feet next to the Neighbors Market convenience store.