Crimson Creek Smokehouse will open a food truck Oct. 10 at Cedar Valley Eats, located at 12701 Nutty Brown Road, Austin. Owned by pitmaster Marcus McNac—who is from Lawton, Oklahoma, but has lived in the Austin area since 1997—the business specializes in pork barbecue including pulled pork, spare ribs, sausage and pork belly burnt ends. It also serves chicken and other specialty items. Crimson Creek Smokehouse began by offering online catering and box meal ordering earlier this year. After the grand opening Oct. 10, the food truck will be open from noon until sold out Saturdays and Sundays. www.crimsoncreekbbq.com
Local outdoor vendor 10,000 Pots officially moved into its new location at 12008 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, on Sept. 15. Previously located 2 miles east at 9601 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, the local store specializes in Vietnamese pottery that it sells to garden centers, pottery stores and the pubic. 512-584-8889. www.tenthousandpots.com
Bao’d Up celebrated its first anniversary at 5207 Brodie Lane, Ste. 115, Sunset Valley, on Sept. 25. With four Austin-area locations, the local chain serves Bao, a traditional Chinese steamed bun with fillings, as well as noodle bowls and plates. The restaurant is currently open for pickup and delivery. 737-203-8661. www.baodup.com
Pie Bar, which was planning to open in October, has pushed back its estimated opening date until January due to construction delays. The South Austin location at 8900 S. Congress Ave., Austin, will be the first franchise for the Lubbock-based dessert business. The original Pie Bar can be contacted at 806-687-2618. www.piebaraustin.com
Neighboring locally owned South Austin shops Cannon Coffee and Old School Liquor & Market will celebrate their first anniversaries in October. Cannon Coffee, located at 1901 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 165A, Austin, serves espresso drinks as well as baked goods and breakfast tacos on weekends. Old School Liquor & Market, next door at 1901 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 165B, is a liquor store that also serves grab-and-go food including sandwiches. Cannon Coffee can be reached at 512-614-4215 and www.cannoncoffeetx.com. Old School Liquor & Market can be contacted at 512-992-0633 and www.oldschoolliquor.com.
Greystar, a South Carolina-based apartment management company, purchased the 520-unit apartment community at 401 Little Texas Lane, Austin, and began operating there Sept. 1. In addition to renaming the community Avana SoCo, Greystar has also introduced new staff throughout September. The community was previously named Regency Park. Greystar has an Austin office that manages over 60 communities in the Austin area. 512-641-2307. www.avanasoco.com