Williamson County sets vaccine locations; 5 eateries open, coming soon in Leander, Cedar Park and more area news

Williamson County continues to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine plan, setting vaccine locations and operating help services, officials said Feb. 8. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)
Williamson County continues to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine plan, setting vaccine locations and operating help services, officials said Feb. 8. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)

Williamson County continues to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine plan, setting vaccine locations and operating help services, officials said Feb. 8. (Courtesy Baylor College of Medicine)

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Williamson County

Williamson County sets COVID-19 vaccine locations for next two weeks, continues to roll out plan


Williamson County continues to move forward with its COVID-19 vaccine plan, setting vaccine locations and operating help services, officials said Feb. 8.

Round Rock



Texas State University now offering free COVID-19 testing in Round Rock

The Texas Division of Emergency Management and Texas State University Round Rock are now hosting free COVID-19 testing in the city through the end of April, according to a Feb. 4 city news release.

Georgetown

Specialty Remodelers opens in Georgetown plus more business news

Specialty Remodelers opened in Georgetown in December. The business offers room additions, kitchen and bath remodels, cabinets, flooring and specialty wall finishes.

Leander-Cedar Park

5 restaurants now open or coming soon in Cedar Park, Leander


These five Cedar Park-Leander restaurants have recently opened or are planning to open soon.

Southwest Austin

New mini golf and entertainment center opens in Dripping Springs

Dreamland, a new mini golf, pickleball, arts and entertainment center located at 2770 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, opened Feb. 5.

Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner returning virtually; local cafe launching new menu and more South...

The annual Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner, a local event that raises money for Dripping Springs and Hays County-based charities, will take place virtually this year Feb. 20. Individuals interested in participating in the 31st annual event can place an online order of food as well as raffle tickets through the fundraiser's website or make individual donations.

New Braunfels

Inferno’s Wood Fired Oven & Spirits in New Braunfels bites back with its signature scorpion pepper


The bite. That is what Cary Hamer, owner of Inferno’s Wood Fired Oven & Spirits, said most aptly defines the proprietary flavor at his restaurant. In this case, the bite is brought to patrons by the signature Trinidad scorpion pepper, which is several times hotter than a habañero pepper and positioned at the forefront of the restaurant’s marketing.

Starbucks coming to New Braunfels this fall will include a drive-thru

A new Starbucks location is slated to open in New Braunfels in the fall, according to a Starbucks spokesperson, and it will be the city’s first drive-thru location of the franchise.

Expansion of H-E-B on Walnut Ave. in New Braunfels underway, set for late 2021 completion

The roughly 76,000-square-foot grocery store will be enlarged to 110,000 square feet, according to H-E-B representative Julie Bedingfield.

Central Austin

The Long Play Lounge to pick up where Stay Gold left off and more business updates from East Austin

North Austin craft beer and cocktail spot The Long Play Lounge plans to open a second location on the premises of recently closed East Austin dive bar Stay Gold. According to a representative for The Long Play Lounge, the new 1910 E. Cesar Chavez St. location is tentatively set to open Feb. 15 and will remain under the same management as Stay Gold.

Brian Rash, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale, Lauren Canterberry, Olivia Aldridge and Taylor Girtman contributed to this report.



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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.

The Pushing for Justice Caravan for Javier Ambler was held in San Gabriel Park on Aug. 15. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Javier Ambler’s Law awaits Texas Senate approval

The bill passed the House on April 15.

Jack Allen's Kitchen will be at 1345 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. (Rendering courtesy Jack Allen's Kitchen)
7 restaurants coming to Cedar Park, Leander; new murals to go up in Georgetown and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the Central Texas area from the past week.

Round Rock ISD trustees voted to maintain the district's mask policy that requires masks on school property. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Mask policy remains in place for Round Rock ISD

A motion that would have lifted part of the district's policy failed.

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations. (Courtesy Amazon)
Amazon begins rollout of statewide vaccination clinics for employees

The program, which began this week in San Marcos, gives Amazon and Whole Foods employees and contractors direct access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Teachers in Round Rock will receive a 1% pay increase for the 2021-22 school year. (Photo courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Teachers in Round Rock ISD to see 1% salary increase for 2021-22

The increase will cost the district roughly $4.6 million and is included in the proposed budget.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
New coronavirus cases continue to be reported even as vaccinations ramp up in Williamson County

Here are the most recent coronavirus updates from Williamson County.

The crawfish boil is $16 a plate and includes a pound and a half of crawfish. (Courtesy Chamber of Commerce)
Hutto's annual crawfish festival, car show happening April 17

The Hutto Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual crawfish festival and car show April 17 featuring 70 vendors.

Austin FC supporters celebrate the official announcement of the team in January 2019. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
How, where to watch historic first Austin FC match April 17

Check out this list of breweries, pubs and restaurants around Central Texas that are hosting watch parties for April 17's inaugural Austin FC game.

Z'Tejas' chorizo dumplings are served on the Arboretum location's porch. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Z'Tejas to open in Avery Ranch; butcher, deli to open in Dripping Springs and more Central Texas news

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

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell predicted the end of mass vaccination sites by Memorial Day. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County judge predicts end of most mass vaccination sites by Memorial Day

As of April 14, its waitlist had dwindled to fewer than 50 for those in phases 1A, 1B and 1C and teachers, officials said.