Restaurant Tony C's to open Sept. 24 in Round Rock and more Central Texas news

Straying from traditionals like cheese and pepperoni, Tony C's serves specialty pies such as eggplant, prosciutto and goat cheese, and the Truffle Shuffle. (Courtesy Tony C's Pizza & Beer Garden)
Straying from traditionals like cheese and pepperoni, Tony C's serves specialty pies such as eggplant, prosciutto and goat cheese, and the Truffle Shuffle. (Courtesy Tony C's Pizza & Beer Garden)

Straying from traditionals like cheese and pepperoni, Tony C's serves specialty pies such as eggplant, prosciutto and goat cheese, and the Truffle Shuffle. (Courtesy Tony C's Pizza & Beer Garden)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Tony C's brings family recipes, Brooklyn beer scene to Round Rock

For Tony C's founders Tony Ciola and Creed Ford IV, the restaurant industry is a family affair.

The Ciola family opened its first restaurant in Virginia Beach in 1949, before Ciola launched the original Tony C's in Bee Cave in 2009. Sixty years separated, some of his family's signature Italian recipes will find their way onto customers' plates when the franchise opens its first Round Rock location Sept. 24.



PfISD's Hendrickson HS highlighted in Special Olympics docuseries

Pflugerville ISD's Hendrickson High School has been recognized in "Unified Beginnings," a documentary series released by the Special Olympics.

Danny's BBQ relocates from downtown Pflugerville and 3 other business updates to know

Here is the latest update for Danny's BBQ as well as three recently opened area businesses.

Hutto City Hall, library to reopen Oct. 1

Hutto City Hall and Hutto Public Library will reopen to the public Oct. 1, the city announced in a Sept. 22 news release. Capacity limits and updated safety provisions will be in place to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Buda's Ampersand Art Supply a global leader in surface panels for artists


Elaine Salazar runs a massive art supply operation in a 55,000 square foot space just east of I-35 in Buda.

Central Austin

Now open in Austin: Party Barn is back, drive-in movies downtown, burgers in North Austin and more


See the latest in new business openings around Austin.

Georgetown

Kyoto Sushi & Steak Asian Cuisine brings big-city quality to small-town customers

After 11 years of working as a sushi chef in several major cities in the country, Cong Wang decided to move to Central Texas for a quieter way of living and now resides in Georgetown.

But Wang still wanted to bring the art form he loved and spent many years perfecting to his new hometown. This led him to open Kyoto Sushi & Steak Asian Cuisine, first with a Burnet location he opened in 2016 then with a Georgetown location he opened in June 2019.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Eanes ISD trustee candidates to discuss diversity in town hall

Four Eanes ISD board of trustees candidates will participate in a virtual town hall at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion within the district.

Driftwood's Vista Brewing to open pop-up beer garden in Bee Cave

Driftwood-based restaurant and brewery Vista Brewing will open a pop-up garden at the Hill Country Galleria on Sept. 24. The pop-up is located in the galleria’s Central Plaza at 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. T-120, Bee Cave. Vista Brewing will offer a selection of its signature draft beers, local wines, ciders and picnic-style snacks, appetizers and merchandise.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Texas State Optical opens Buda location

On June 6, Texas State Optical opened a location at 1245 Main St., Ste. 330, Buda. The first Texas State Optical opened in Beaumont, Texas, in 1936 and has since opened dozens of locations across the Lone Star State.

River Rose Boutique closes San Marcos store

River Rose Boutique closed its store at 105 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, which opened Sept. 2, 2016. It was owner Chelsea Rogers' second location. The first location was opened in New Braunfels in July 2014 and remains open for business, as does another location in Lubbock.

Warren Brown, Ali Linan, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Jack Flagler, Brian Rash, Amy Rae Dadamo and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.



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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

cars on snowy road
Texas Disaster Declaration opens door to federal aid for losses sustained during winter storms

Individuals and businesses who sustained losses during the winter storm are eligible for federal assistance, according to a Texas Disaster Declaration approved

ERCOT president and chief executive Bill Magness (left) was joined by the electric grid manager's senior director of system operations Dan Woodfin on Feb. 19 for a briefing on the company's emergency operations. (Screenshot via ERCOT livestream)
ERCOT chief: 'We are completely back to normal operations' as of Feb. 19

Officials with the Texas electric grid manager also said they are preparing for state and federal reviews of this week's power outages.

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19. (Courtesy H-E-B)
H-E-B, Central Market limit store hours, product purchases due to severe winter weather

H-E-B stores across Texas have limited store hours and placed purchase limits on some high-demand products due to ongoing severe winter weather, H-E-B officials announced Feb. 19.

Gov. Greg Abbott provided updates on the state's emergency response efforts during a Feb. 18 press conference. (Screenshot of April 17 press conference)
Gov. Greg Abbott: Power restored to nearly 2M homes in past day; statewide aid efforts continuing

While power generation has been restored to serve most Texas residents, Abbott said state agencies remain focused on water and food distribution Feb. 18.

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott: Power restoration on the way for 1M households in next 24 hours

Although tens of thousands of megawatts remain off the statewide power grid Feb. 17, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said relief is on the way for many Texans within the next 24 hours.

Severe winter weather conditions led to outages throughout the Texas electric system this week. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
'Something that you could have planned for': How isolated Texas power grid, winter weather left millions without electricity

As of Feb. 17, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it was still working to restore electric service to customers throughout the state.

An Austin Fire Department truck drives down Manor Road on Feb. 15. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texans urged to use caution as carbon monoxide cases increase during power outages

Carbon monoxide poisoning calls have increased as people look for ways to stay warm without power and heat.

Many in Texas are battling power outages amid frigid temperatures. (Courtesy Rico Daniels)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation of ERCOT, Texas' electric reliability council

As of 1:20 p.m., over 4 million customers were out of power, according to ERCOT.

graph showing power demand out pacing grid capacity
Texas enters second day of blackouts

Although outages were initially intended to last for less than one hour, local grid operators are reporting longer outages.