Italian restaurant opens in Round Rock; Compadre Brewing closes in Pflugerville and more Central Texas news

Fettuccine with chicken Alfredo, a house salad and complimentary bread are some of the food items offered at Milano Ristorante. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fettuccine with chicken Alfredo, a house salad and complimentary bread are some of the food items offered at Milano Ristorante. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fettuccine with chicken Alfredo, a house salad and complimentary bread are some of the food items offered at Milano Ristorante. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

Round Rock

Italian restaurant opens in Round Rock

Milano Ristorante is a sit-down restaurant with menu offerings that include lasagna and chicken Parmesan and desserts such as crepes and creme brulee.


Compadre Brewing permanently closing its doors in Pflugerville

Family-owned business Compadre Brewing is shutting down operations following one final weekend of business, the brewery announced May 13.

Exaco will build new 42,100-square-foot headquarters, distribution center in Pflugerville

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place May 19 for Exaco, an importer and distributor of European greenhouses and gardening products. The 42,100-square-foot building will be located in One Thirty Business Park at 16001 Impact Way.

Central Austin

Four Austin institutions celebrate anniversaries

Crux Climbing Center celebrates five years in Austin in May. The climbing gym opened May 7, 2016, at 121 Pickle Road, Ste. 100, and opened another Central Austin location at 6015 Dillard Circle, Unit B, in 2020.

Northwest Austin

Capital Metro announces increased transit services for Austin FC games this season

Ahead of the first ever Austin FC match at Q2 Stadium this June, regional transit agency Capital Metro has released details for fans wanting to use transit to get to North Austin on game days.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Lake Travis Community Library opens its doors to the public

The Lake Travis Community Library reopened its doors to the public May 3 to offer limited services amid the pandemic.


Javier Ambler's Law moves to Gov. Abbott’s desk

Javier Ambler's Law, a bill that would ban state and local law enforcement from contracting with reality television shows, passed in the Senate on May 13 and now moves to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for signing before it becomes law.

Ali Linan, Megan Cardona, Iain Oldman, Joe Warner, Olivia Aldridge and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.


A second vote on the hiring contract for Round Rock ISD superintendent finalist Hafedh Azaiez will be taken June 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Round Rock ISD to hold second vote on superintendent hire

Round Rock ISD will hold a second vote on the hiring contract for superintendent June 19.

 Homes only spent an average of 16 days on market last month across the MSA, but in the Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area homes only spent an average of 8 days on the market in May. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
In Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area, home prices soar over previous year

The latest data from the Austin Board of Realtors shows median home prices reaching an all-time high in Central Texas, including in the Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto area.

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center to get nearly $2M in federal aid for construction budget gap

The funds will go to help the Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center cover increasing lumber costs.

(Courtesy PetSuites)
PetSuites opens new location in Round Rock

PetSuites offers services that include boarding, day care, grooming and training.

The new 66,000-square-foot Round Rock Public Library will have an adjacent parking garage that will serve both library visitors and the general downtown area. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Round Rock to break ground on new library June 17

The city of Round Rock will break ground on its new library June 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Nearly 80% of Williamson County residents over age 65 fully vaccinated and other COVID-19 news

Here is an update on COVID-19 numbers, including confirmed case and death counts, from Williamson County.

Round Rock ISD's board of trustees voted to hire Dr. Hafedh Azaiez as superintendent for the district on June 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Parents, community members express mixed opinions ahead of vote to hire RRISD superintendent

Parents, community members express mixed opinions about Dr. Hafedh Azaiez, board process ahead of RRISD Superintendent hiring vote

Hafedh Azaiez was previously superintendent at Donna ISD in South Texas. (Courtesy Round Rock ISD)
Breaking: Round Rock ISD hires Hafedh Azaiez as superintendent

Round Rock ISD hires Azaiez as superintendent.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for Texans to conserve energy June 14. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy with generation outages 2.5 times higher than normal

"This is unusual for this early in the summer season," said Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, in a news release.

UT Austin football stadium filled with fans
In Austin and the rest of the nation, the business of college sports is changing

If Gov. Greg Abbott signs SB 1325 into law, Texas will join a number of other U.S. states in allowing college athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses.

Lingering symptoms, long-term impact of COVID-19 will take time to fully understand

Dr. Mary Katherine Theoktisto answers questions regarding the virus.