Torchy's Tacos coming to SW Austin; delivery service opens in Georgetown plus more Central Texas news

Torchy's Tacos will open a new restaurant in South Austin later this year. (Courtesy Torchy's Tacos)
Torchy's Tacos will open a new restaurant in South Austin later this year. (Courtesy Torchy's Tacos)

Torchy's Tacos will open a new restaurant in South Austin later this year. (Courtesy Torchy's Tacos)

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

Southwest Austin

Torchy’s Tacos will open new South Austin location this fall

Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos will open a new restaurant in the Southpark Meadows area this fall.

According to Edible Inc., which is handling public relations for the taco chain, the company has leased a space at 8601 S. Congress Ave., Austin, adjacent to The Oaks at Slaughter H-E-B near the intersection of Slaughter Lane.

Two businesses openings, new food trailer opens in Dripping Springs and more Southwest Austin business news

Gabriela’s will have a grand opening celebration March 28 at its new Southpark Meadows location at 9600 S. I-35, Unit B500, Austin. The South Austin store is the second for the restaurant. Gabriela's was founded by Gabriela and Arturo Bucio in downtown Austin in 2018 and has a menu featuring tacos, tortas, ceviche and specialty dishes.


Austin ISD graduation ceremonies on track to be held in person this spring

One year after all graduation events were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin ISD Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said the district is on track to host in-person graduation ceremonies this May for the class of 2021.


New delivery service We Fly Delivery available in Georgetown

We Fly Delivery, a Georgetown-based, veteran-owned delivery service, opened in February. It offers pet supply and food delivery from over 70 restaurants to area homes and businesses in Georgetown, Round Rock and Jarell.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic coming to west Travis County, mayor says

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox announced March 25 that the city of Lakeway will host a drive-thru vaccination clinic March 27 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center on Medical Parkway.

Round Rock

Round Rock Express release 2021 schedule

The Round Rock Express have released home game times for the 2021 season. Opening day is set for May 6 at 7:05 p.m., when the Express will face the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Dell Diamond, according to a news release.

Round Rock, Hutto businesses carve space for female leadership in male-dominated industries

For a traditionally male-dominated field, Adrienne Morris, president and CEO of Little Proposal Shop, a federal contracting business that specializes in project planning and proposal management, said there has been a significant uptick in women getting involved in federal contracting in the last 10 years. There are now more women CEOs and high-ranking executives in the field than when she first entered it, she said.

Northwest Austin

Locally owned breakfast cafe opens, dim sum hot spot closes in North Austin and 5 other restaurant updates

Fast-casual restaurant Humpty’s Wall of Breakfast celebrated its grand opening March 1. The locally owned cafe, located at 8820 Burnet Road, Ste. 502, Austin, offers a build-your-own breakfast bowl menu alongside wraps, vegan dishes and some signature breakfast items.

New Braunfels

Jewelweed Esthetics now open in New Braunfels

Owner Michelle Hemminger has worked as a licensed esthetician for 25 years and offers advanced facials, full-body waxing and lash lifts. The new business also sells Eminence Organic Skin Care and Dermastart products.

Megan Cardona, Iain Oldman, Nicholas Cicale, Greg Perliski, Kelsey Thompson, Lauren Canterberry and Fernanda Figueroa contributed to this report.


COVID-19 precautions such as a masking requirement remain in place at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
'Signs of hope' on the horizon at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after year-plus dip in air travel

Rising passenger counts, new airline operations and an increase in vaccinations could all support the airport's recovery in 2021.

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

Capital Metro has increased the frequency of several bus routes for Austin FC game days at Q2 Stadium.

CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Students at Norman-Sims Elementary School and Austin ISD's 124 other schools across the district will now be allowed to remove masks during outdoor physical activities with the permission of a parent or guardian. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD makes outdoor masking optional, eases other health, safety restrictions

Students engaging in outdoor physical activity will now have the option to remove masks.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Austin's phased process for moving people experiencing homelessness out of unregulated encampments will roll out through the summer. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
City officials detail homeless education and enforcement plan with Proposition B ordinances now in effect

The process that will eventually remove the city's homeless encampment begins this month with outreach and warnings and will stretch until late summer with full enforcement.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Valentina’s offers breakfast and lunch tacos as well as barbecue. (Courtesy Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ)
South Austin's Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will move to Buda in next year

The business announced it will be moving within the next year.