Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

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.


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.


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.