Amazon sets up shop in Central Texas; Milano Pizza coming to Cedar Park and more local news

Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Amazon will invest at least $250 million into the Pflugerville facility during its minimum 10-year lease agreement, according to an economic development performance agreement between the PCDC and Amazon. (Kelsey Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Strengthening Central Texas footprint, Amazon delivers facilities in Pflugerville, Round Rock

The Pflugerville facility is the latest in a series of Amazon sites that recently opened or are planned to open in Central Texas in 2021. Other Central Texas locations include a Round Rock delivery station that opened in September; a sortation center in Kyle that also opened in September; and an additional 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center scheduled to open in San Marcos in fall 2021.

WiseGuys—A Chicago Eatery serves up Windy City classics in Round Rock



From the outside, WiseGuys may be just a restaurant in Round Rock, owner Bill Nychay said. However, when guests step inside, they are transported to the quintessential sights, sounds and culture of Chicago, he said.

Free weekend meals extended to Round Rock ISD students for remainder of school year

All Round Rock ISD students now qualify for optional weekend meals for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year, RRISD announced in a January news release.

One Eleven East celebrates 5-year anniversary in Hutto and 2 other area business updates

One Eleven East has said "I do" to five years of business in Hutto.

Leander-Cedar Park

Milano Pizza coming soon to Cedar Park plus 2 more local business updates


Milano Pizza will soon open a second location in Cedar Park. The pizza restaurant, located at 251 N. Bell Blvd., Ste. 117, Cedar Park, will have dine-in, carryout and delivery services, according to its website.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Bold Lines Tattoo Studio celebrates fifth anniversary in Kyle


Bold Lines Tattoo Studio celebrated its fifth anniversary Jan. 7. Located at 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 111, Kyle, The shop, previously known as Fine Line Tattoo, is known for tattoo artist Leche Main's custom bold line and floral work.

New Braunfels

How do you take it? A guide to local coffee shops in New Braunfels

Whether you take your coffee black, with plenty of cream and sugar, or somewhere in between, these nine area coffee shops have options to match a variety of caffeine preferences.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Taco Bell closes in West Lake Hills and more business news from the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Taco Bell permanently closed its location at 3201 Bee Caves Road, West Lake Hills, in January.

Metrowide

Austin Public Health to open vaccine registration to some Phase 1B recipients Jan. 13


Austin Public Health will open an online registration portal for coronavirus vaccine appointments Jan. 13 to begin distribution of a 12,000-dose shipment of vaccines allotted by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Statewide

Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts acquired by private investment firm affiliate

The acquisition of Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts by an affiliate of the private investment firm Peak Rock Capital was completed Jan. 6, the firm announced in a statement.

Warren Brown, Olivia Aldridge, Amy Rae Dadamo, Taylor Girtman, Kelsey Thompson, Lauren Canterberry and Ben Thompson contributed to this report.



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Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines opened Jan. 19. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Registration for Williamson County COVID-19 vaccines now open

The county plans to begin vaccinating those who qualify under Phase 1B on Jan. 20.

Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds nearly 1,500 new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths over MLK weekend

Here are the coronavirus updates you need to know in Williamson County.

Bring your appetite, Round Rock: From gumbos and po'boys to fried shrimp, pizza and Creole seafood, Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill has brought the New Orleans food scene to Central Texas. (Courtesy Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill)
Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill now serving in Round Rock, plus 2 other area business updates

Bring your appetite, Round Rock: From gumbos and po'boys to fried shrimp, pizza and Creole seafood, Smokey Creek Cajun Bar and Grill has brought the New Orleans food scene to Central Texas.

The Austin-based eatery's menu is inspired by Nashville hot chicken; offerings include chicken bites, jumbo tenders, chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and homemade pies. (Courtesy Tumble 22)
Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant coming to Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Screen shot of a web meeting
COVID-19 rates in Travis County starting to improve, but vaccine distribution remains complicated

Austin Public Health and other local distributors still lack enough supply to provide all qualified residents with an initial dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

In the announcement, the city of Pflugerville attributed the cancellation to "the inability of the Travis County ESD No. 2 board and the Pflugerville delegation of the Travis County Commissioners Court to attend." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Pflugerville special meeting to discuss EMS funding canceled

In the announcement, the city of Pflugerville attributed the cancellation to "the inability of the Travis County ESD No. 2 board and the Pflugerville delegation of the Travis County Commissioners Court to attend."

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Williamson County is on schedule to receive 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County awaiting 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines

Williamson County is on schedule to receive 6,000 COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 18.

Rodeo Austin and the Round Rock Express hosted a bull-riding event, Bulls in the Ballpark, at Dell Diamond on Nov. 13-14. (Courtesy Rodeo Austin)
Rodeo Austin and Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment unveil partnership

This partnership combines two organizations with deep Texas roots and a commitment to bring real Texas experiences and gritty fun to Texans of all ages," Rodeo Austin CEO Rob Golding said in the release.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.