Rolling in Thyme and Dough opening a new drive-thru, plus more South Austin and Dripping Springs business news

South Austin-based gym Austin Barbell relocated to a new space Sept. 10.  (Courtesy Austin Barbell)
South Austin-based gym Austin Barbell relocated to a new space Sept. 10. (Courtesy Austin Barbell)

South Austin-based gym Austin Barbell relocated to a new space Sept. 10. (Courtesy Austin Barbell)

Here are the five latest updates from South Austin and Dripping Springs businesses.

1. Dripping Springs restaurant Rolling in Thyme and Dough announced Aug. 15 that it is preparing to open a new drive-thru location on the corner of RR 12 and Fitzhugh Road, north of the city, later this fall. The restaurant’s original location, which sells homemade breads and serves breakfast dishes, sandwiches, soups and desserts, is located at 333 W. Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, and will continue to be open. Jerome Bollom, who runs Rolling in Thyme and Dough, said he hopes to open the new location Oct. 15. 512-894-0001.

2. The new Aloft hotel being built at 6731 Legado Lane, Austin, in the Garza Ranch development will be opening in the first half of 2021. Coordinated by Pathfinder Development, the project will feature 140 hotel units and outdoor amenities, including a pool, a patio and a poolside bar. An indoor Aloft WXYZ bar and restaurant will also be built in the hotel’s lobby, and the hotel will be within 2 acres of green space at the Garza Ranch site. Garza Ranch, a mixed-use development that also includes office space, apartments, trails and future retail, opened its first phase of apartments in September 2019, while offices opened last winter. The Aloft hotel is one of the project’s final phases.

3. Sagebrush, a new South Austin music venue that held a grand opening in June before closing due to COVID-19 restrictions, reopened Sept. 1 with a lineup of live music each night. A food truck, Baton Creole, is also open on-site; it is located at 5500 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-867-5309.

4. Austin Barbell, a local Olympic weightlifting gym, relocated to a new space at 714 Shelby Lane, Ste. G, Austin, on Sept. 10. Originally located at 275 Lotus Circle, Austin, and founded by former Olympic weightlifter Robert Ronan in 2018, the gym offers personalized, Olympic-style weightlifting training. Austin Barbell has also hired former Olympian Ma Jianping as the gym’s new head coach of athlete development. 512-522-7287.

5. Crepe Crazy, a Dripping Springs-based restaurant, is planning to expand outside of Texas. The business, which is deaf-owned and -operated, announced Aug. 27 that it will be opening its third location in Baltimore, Maryland, later this year. The original Crepe Crazy is located at 660 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. B, Dripping Springs, and a second restaurant has operated at 3103 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, since 2015. 512-524-3198.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


Photo of boarded-up Sixth Street bars
With COVID-19 projections 'bleak' through Thanksgiving, Travis County keeps bars closed

Statistical models from the University of Texas show a 92% chance the pandemic is worsening, but the increase in cases and hospitalizations have leveled off in the last few days.

Slab BBQ owner Raf Robinson said the payroll protection program saved his restaurant. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
'I just need to pay the rent:' Austin small businesses in survival mode are doing everything in their power to outlast the pandemic

From selling inventory to flipping their business models to changing a yoga studio into a coworking space, small business owners are trying to avoid adding their names to the growing list of locally owned Austin institutions that have shut down.

Burnet Road at West Braker Lane
Corridor projects along South Lamar Boulevard, Burnet Road will break ground by early 2021

Two corridor roadway projects approved in the city of Austin’s 2016 Mobility Bond are moving forward after recently receiving environmental clearances.

Screen shot of a Zoom board meeting
Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Todd Washburn resigns; Brett Springston is named interim replacement

Less than a year after he was hired, Superintendent Todd Washburn is departing Dripping Springs ISD.

An "I Voted" sticker is left outside the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin, one of 37 early voting polling places open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
More than half of all Travis County voters have cast their ballots, exceeding early voting turnout percentage in 2016

More than 448,000 votes have been cast in Travis County. Early voting closes on Oct. 30.

Austin ISD trustees met Oct. 26, discussing in-person learning during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Twice as many Austin elementary students have returned to campus compared to first day of in-person instruction, district says

Austin ISD will open its campuses to accommodate all students who request in-person instruction beginning Nov. 2.

Capital Metro released new renderings Oct. 26 of its proposed Project Connect expansion, which voters will decide Nov. 3. This rendering shows a Blue Line light rail train at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
In final week of early voting, here is what Austin residents should know about Project Connect

The proposition appears as a 237-word block of text near the end of the ballot but boils down to a simple question: Are voters for or against a significant expansion of local public transportation, paid for in part with property tax funds?

Photo of the facade of the Dripping Springs ISD administraton building
Dripping Springs ISD to discuss superintendent's potential resignation

An item on the board of trustee's Oct. 26 meeting agenda indicates consideration of a resignation agreement for Superintendent Todd Washburn.

Alex Wu (left) and Kevin Tran stand, social distanced, outside of Bao'd Up in Sunset Valley. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bao'd Up owners hope to make the traditional Chinese steamed buns a household name in Austin

The local chain has four locations, including one in Sunset Valley. Owner Alex Wu said as the franchise continues to grow, he hopes in a few years he will no longer have to explain what bao is.

Scott Friedeck, owner of The Graphic Guitar Guys, started working with guitars in 2011. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dripping Springs small business owner Scott Friedeck got his big break in the music industry from George Strait

Friedeck's business, The Graphic Guitar Guys, creates custom wraps for guitars for artists to sell as merchandise.

East West Manufacturing will retain 30 jobs and create an additional 30 new jobs for a total of 60 full-time jobs in Round Rock over five years, according to an economic incentive agreement signed Oct. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Round Rock to add 60 jobs and more Central Texas news

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