Root Cellar Cafe in San Marcos reopens and more Central Texas news

The upscale casual dining restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and underwent a kitchen remodel while closed. (Courtesy Pexels)
The upscale casual dining restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and underwent a kitchen remodel while closed. (Courtesy Pexels)

The upscale casual dining restaurant uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and underwent a kitchen remodel while closed. (Courtesy Pexels)

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

The Root Cellar Cafe in San Marcos reopens for delivery and curbside service

The Root Cellar, located at 215 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos, has reopened for curbside pickup and delivery only, and for the time being will forego dine-in accommodations. The establishment closed due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic on March 20 and reopened Sept. 8.

Spring Lake to reopen with limited capacity



The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University announced it will reopen Spring Lake with a limited capacity Sept. 11 and will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Bored at home? These 5 businesses offer socially distant entertainment in Round Rock, Pflugerville

Local businesses, including drive-in movie theaters, water parks and virtual gaming centers, are leveraging large venues, outdoor spaces and technology to provide socially distant entertainment for those who are eager to safely have fun outside of the house.

New Braunfels

The Concession Stand to open in New Braunfels

A new eatery called The Concession Stand will hold its grand opening Saturday, Sept. 12 at noon. Located at 2348 Gruene Lake Drive, Ste. A, New Braunfels, the restaurant hosted a soft opening Sept. 5 and will serve snow cones, hot dogs, pretzels and more.

Metrowide

We Are Blood seeks plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients

We Are Blood is seeking donations of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients in Central Texas, stocking up on convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients in case of another surge in cases.

St. David's HealthCare adds texting service to keep families of surgical patients informed

St. David’s HealthCare added a new texting service in September to provided families of surgical patients with updates.

Given the coronavirus pandemic, hospital visitations and waiting room capacity are limited. This service, available in English and Spanish, will provide families with a unique code allowing them to receive automated texts when the surgery begins, when the patient leaves the operating room and when the patient is ready for outpatient services or is set to be discharged.

Lauren Canterberry, Ali Linan, Olivia Aldridge, Taylor Jackson Buchanan, Warren Brown and Brian Rash contributed to this report.



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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee recommended Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine for emergency authorization use Feb. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

H-E-B will open a new location in the Oak Hill neighborhood of Southwest Austin in August. (Rendering courtesy H-E-B)
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Jo's Coffee opened a North Austin location in January. (Courtesy Chad Wadsworth)
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Any repairs using new pipes or fittings require a permit, which can be applied for by property owners or registered plumbers. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plumbing permit fees in San Marcos to be waived temporarily

Any repairs using new pipes or fittings require a permit, which can be applied for by property owners or registered plumbers.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

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A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

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No street address has yet been assigned to the property, but the agricultural land lies closest to Bunton Creek Road and borders the southern boundary of Lehman High School. (Screen shot courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle City Council approves residential zoning of 29 acres in first of two votes

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Photo of Judge Brown in a mask and orange vest with megaphone
Travis County and 3 Central Texas neighbors to pilot mass vaccination site

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In-person instruction at three Hays CISD campuses has yet to resume due to ongoing work necessitated by last week's severe weather. (Courtesy Hays CISD)
Three Hays CISD campuses still not ready for in-person learning due to last week's severe weather

In-person instruction at three Hays CISD campuses has yet to resume due to ongoing work necessitated by last week's severe weather.

Superintendent Michael Cardona presented the figures to the school board Feb. 22. (Screenshot courtesy SMCISD)
Latest San Marcos CISD figures show number of students attending in-person classes steadily increasing

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