1. Dripping Springs Distilling opened its new Distillers Bar and Distillers Hall
, both on the business’ 10-acre property at 5330 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. The family-friendly bar and restaurant serve craft cocktails and elevated comfort food. The hall will host weddings and events of up to 200 guests. 512-858-1199.
2. JAF Kitchen, a food truck serving Hill Country comfort food
, opened Aug. 6 outside Twisted X Brewery at 23455 RM 150, Dripping Springs. The truck, owned and run by Joel Munguia and Andrew Lange, serves Southern staples including bourbon glazed pork belly, chicken and waffles, tacos, and pork belly mac and cheese. 512-229-7760.
3. RV resort Buddy’s Backyard will open in October at 401 Stagecoach Ranch Road, Dripping Springs. The resort aims to include luxury amenities such as an activity center with games, a patio and firepits, a fitness center, a stocked general store, a pool and hot tub, a playground, a dog park, full hookup RV sites, and camping cabins. The resort plans to also offer horseshoes, foosball, air hockey and shuffleboard. 512-800-8033. www.buddysbackyardrv.com
4. Live Oak Leadership Academy
opened for its first day of school Aug. 25 at 27008 RR 12 in Dripping Springs. LOLA is a nonprofit school model that teaches students through hands-on activities. LOLA students learn traditional subjects of English, math, science and social studies but also get an emphasis on arts. Teachers incorporate financial literacy, Spanish, robotics, coding, health and wellness, and culinary arts. The school operates on a 15:1 student-to-teacher ratio with a max enrollment of 40 students. 830-693-8122.