Five South Austin business updates: New coffee shop coming to historic South Congress building, Oden Hughes rebrands to OHT Partners and more

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From left, Craig Hughes, Eric Taylor and Steve Oden are the principals at OHT Partners, which was formerly called Oden Hughes. (Courtesy OHT Partners)

From left, Craig Hughes, Eric Taylor and Steve Oden are the principals at OHT Partners, which was formerly called Oden Hughes. (Courtesy OHT Partners)

See the latest business updates around South Austin, including one new Aloft Hotel coming this summer with another planned sometime in the future.

1. Aloft Hotels will be opening a new location at 4108 S. I-35, Austin. The six-floor, 135-room hotel, expected to open in August, will be the sixth in the Austin area for the international hotel chain. Aloft is also planning a new hotel in Southwest Austin near the intersection of MoPac and William Cannon Drive. The company has not shared an expected opening date for that location.

2. Freddo ATX plans to open in late August at 2326 South Congress Ave., Austin. The coffee shop will have both an indoor space and a patio. Menu offerings will include iced cappuccinos and espresso along with beer, wine and food. The coffee shop will be located in the historic Walter Tips House, which was built in 1876 and restored in the 1970s.

3. Longhorn Imaging will be opening a new location at 701 E. FM 1626, Ste. 104, Austin, on July 1. The outpatient medical imaging company focuses on MRI services, CT scans, ultrasounds and x-rays. Longhorn Imaging has three other existing locations in Austin, including another South Austin location at 4316 James Casey St., Bldg. F, Ste. 110.

4. OHT Partners is the new name of the company formerly known as Oden Hughes as of early June. The multifamily real estate development company has completed or started work on more than 27,000 apartments in the Austin, Dallas-Forth Worth and San Antonio areas in the last ten years, according to a release. The new name reflects the initials of all three company principals, Steve Oden, Craig Hughes and Eric Taylor. According to the release, Taylor has led the firm's construction division since 2011. The company's Austin office is located at 901 S. MoPac, Bldg. 3, Ste. 220.

5. Pure Barre will open a new location at 4301 William Cannon Drive, Bldg. B, Ste. 114, Austin, in September. Franchise owner Lisa O'Neill said she decided to open the business because of her passion for the barre after seeing what the workout has done for her and her daughter. The Pure Barre franchise has six other Austin-area locations, including one downtown. 512-920-6966.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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