UPDATE: 6 months later, Black Star Co-op not ‘out of the woods yet’

Brewpub heads into summer with low sales

Six months after issuing a call for help as sales reached an all-time low, a co-founder of Black Star Co-op said while sales have been looking up, the brewpub is not “out of the woods yet.”

“Although the response to Black Star’s call to arms in January was successful in improving our working capital, sales beyond January have remained historically low,” Johnny Livesay, who also serves as kitchen team leader, wrote in the July 5 post on Black Star’s website. “If we do not see improvement in our sales, we will be heading towards a similar cash crunch in the fall.”

In January, the cooperative brewpub, located in the Midtown Commons mixed-use development at 7020 Easy Wind Dr., Ste. 100, sent a letter to its members saying if sales didn’t improve the establishment would likely shut down.

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Texas legislative special session starts this week and 4 other things Central Austinites should know, July 17-23

Free movie passes, a summer musical and city sales tax revenue data

Here’s what you need to know to start your week in Central Austin:

1. Special session starts this week

Texas legislators are back at the Capitol this Tuesday for a special session. Gov. Greg Abbott has 19 legislative items he wishes lawmakers to take up, including school finance reform, school choice for special needs students, construction fees, property taxes and more. Read our June analysis of how these issues of local control could affect Austin.

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