Cork & Barrel microbrewery to mark Round Rock opening; toxic algae found in Lake Travis and more Central Texas news

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen   Microbrewery will celebrate the grand opening of its Round Rock location March 17. (Courtesy Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen   Microbrewery)
Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen Microbrewery will celebrate the grand opening of its Round Rock location March 17. (Courtesy Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen Microbrewery)

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen Microbrewery will celebrate the grand opening of its Round Rock location March 17. (Courtesy Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen Microbrewery)

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Round Rock

Cork & Barrel to celebrate Round Rock opening this March

Cork & Barrel Craft Kitchen + Microbrewery will celebrate the grand opening of its Round Rock location March 17. Located at 4000 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Cork & Barrel offers a wine cellar, a microbrewery and an outdoor beer garden.

Central Austin



Long-time Austin theater Blue-Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In takes on new life in pandemic

Drive-in theater Blue Starlite found itself in a unique position in 2020: After more than 10 years as a small business “just getting by,” demand for drive-in movies exploded, owner Josh Frank said.

Shoal Creek Saloon brings a piece of New Orleans to Austin

When Ray Canfield took over Shoal Creek Saloon in 1993, the business was not yet known for many of the things it is today: there was no crawfish on the menu, and New Orleans Saints fans did not flock in on game days. But Canfield soon put his stamp on the place.

Georgetown

Tree limb pickup update, plus more Georgetown winter storm recovery news

The city has contracted with multiple crews to operate the special pickup across the city, the release said. Limbs and brush should be piled at the curb by March 4. There is no special fee assessed to city residents for this limb collection, it said.

Georgetown ISD offers COVID-19 vaccines for teachers, staff

Georgetown ISD, through its partnership with Lone Star Circle of Care, is set to receive 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the week of March 1, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data.

Hutto-Pflugerville

Hippo statue design contest opens for Hutto ISD students


Hutto ISD students can make hippo history by submitting design ideas for the two hippo statues in front of Hutto City Hall and Innovation Business Park.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Blue-green algae toxic to animals found in Hudson Bend area of Lake Travis

Cyanotoxin—a toxin produced in blue-green algae—was found Feb. 26 in water samples taken from Lake Travis.

Beaux Medspa opens on Bee Caves Road and more business news from the Lake Travis-Westlake region

Beaux Medspa opened Feb. 8 at 6317 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 260, Austin. The boutique medical spa is opened by Kristin Gunn and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Andrew Trussler. Beaux Medspa offers a variety of services including Botox, fillers, laser, peels, facials and more.

Megan Cardona, Kelsey Thompson, Olivia Aldridge, Ali Linan and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.



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Round Rock City Council approved April 18-24 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at the meeting on April 22. (Courtesy: City of Round Rock)
Rent assistance discussed, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week approved at Round Rock City Council meeting

A proposed program by the Community Development Block Grant would allocate money for rent and utility assistance. The payments would be made directly to landlords or utility companies to prevent eviction or utility shutoff.

Camp Doublecreek was founded in 1971as a rural summer day camp; today it is surrounded by residential and commercial lots. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Camp Doublecreek property to be recommended for zoning change

Camp Doublecreek's property could be rezoned for single-family residential lots following the Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission's April 22 meeting.

I-35 at US 183 flyovers
Watch for new traffic patterns on I-35 in North Austin as TxDOT opens new flyovers, closes existing ramp

Drivers trying to connect to northbound US 183 from northbound I-35 will have to take a detour beginning April 26.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Williamson County will close its mass-vaccination sites. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County commissioners to close mass-vaccination sites

The county judge expects to have everyone who wants to be vaccinated to receive the shot by May 21.

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.(Community Impact staff)
Nearly half of Williamson County is vaccinated, but positivity rate climbs again

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

Blue Corn Harvest Leander is located at 11840 Hero Way W., Bldg. A, Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blue Corn Harvest opens in Leander; park, pizzeria launches social club and more Central Texas news

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Hundreds came to downtown Hutto for the crawfish festival and car show April 17. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hutto community celebrates crawfish, cars and hippos at chamber festival

Hundreds of residents came to the Hutto crawfish festival and car show for food and fun.

REVL Social Club offers bar food and cocktails with games such as Jenga and Connect 4 for guests to use. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's Park n' Pizza in Pflugerville launches social club for adults

Austin's Park n' Pizza in Pflugerville opened its new REVL Social Club April 16, offering bar foods, cocktails and games.

Redbud Elementary School is located in the Ryan's Crossing neighborhood near Old Settlers Park. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Round Rock ISD's 35th elementary school gets new name

The school opens for the 2021-22 school year and is located near Old Settlers Park.