TV show filming to close Round Rock road; Z'Tejas opens deck in Northwest Austin and more local news

Chisholm Trail Road will close between Old Settlers Boulevard and Hwy. 79 on Feb. 2 for filming of the AMC television series "Fear the Walking Dead." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Chisholm Trail Road will close between Old Settlers Boulevard and Hwy. 79 on Feb. 2 for filming of the AMC television series "Fear the Walking Dead." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Chisholm Trail Road will close between Old Settlers Boulevard and Hwy. 79 on Feb. 2 for filming of the AMC television series "Fear the Walking Dead." (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Round Rock

'Fear the Walking Dead' filming to cause Round Rock road detours

Chisholm Trail Road will close between Old Settlers Boulevard and Hwy. 79 on Feb. 2 for filming of the AMC television series "Fear the Walking Dead," the city of Round Rock announced. The closure will run from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., per the release.

Round Rock ISD offering free COVID-19 testing to staff, students



Free rapid COVID-19 testing will be available for Round Rock ISD staff and students beginning Feb. 2, according to a news release.

Southwest Austin

South Austin's Pizzeria Grata serves up Neapolitan pies from an unexpected location

Pizzeria Grata’s brick oven, small kitchen and a few bar seats are tucked into the back of Beatniks Market & Cafe on Menchaca Road in South Austin. Owner Diego Batista said in the last year since opening in December 2019, neighborhood residents have not only found the pizzeria, but they have also helped it thrive in a time when most restaurants are going through extreme challenges.

Carnivero highlights plants with healthy appetites

Drew Martinez opened nursery Carnivero in Southwest Austin, where he and a team of five employees sell the rare plant life.

Central Austin

Local Austin restaurants second guess downtown

B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub has seen its fair share of national and global crises over its 20 years in operation, but 2020 marked the year the locally owned downtown bar would meet its defeat.

Longtime Austin business Turquoise Trading Post pays homage to the American Southwest

Turquoise Trading Post owner Jim Williamson fell in love with art as a kid growing in New Mexico in the 1970s. In 1994, he left his job as a nonprofit fundraiser to follow that passion, and, as he said, “to stop working.” More than 26 years later, Williamson is still selling art and jewelry from the American Southwest.

Vegan, gluten-free bakery Zucchini Kill mixes pastries with punk

The women behind North Loop bakery Zucchini Kill say they want a revolution— “dessert-style.” That means a bakery that carries out the values of co-owners Jessica Freda and Cece Loessin in pastry form, with vegan recipes and compostable packaging.

Northwest Austin

Z'Tejas opens deck for dining and 4 new restaurants in Northwest Austin


Local restaurant group Z’Tejas in early January opened a new patio space at its location at the Arboretum, located at 9400 A Arboretum Blvd., Austin.

Statewide

Q&A: Vaccine expert Dr. Peter Hotez shares facts, dispels myths about COVID-19 vaccines


To promote accurate information, Fort Bend County Judge KP George hosted a virtual question-and-answer event with Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Morgan Theophil, Claire Ricke, Kelsey Thompson, Jack Flagler, Christopher Neely, Nicholas Cicale, Olivia Aldridge and Iain Oldman 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.