Southwest Austin - Dripping Springs Edition | July 2020





Still Austin Whiskey Co.



IN THE NEWS 8 In June Sunset Valley selected a proposal by local agencies Ampersand Agency and Canales & Co. , based at 2901 Via Fortuna, Ste. 185, Austin, to take over city marketing and branding services, closing out a process that began last summer to nd a group to help rebrand the city and create an economic develop- ment plan. Ampersand CEO Cindy Mont- gomery said the full-service branding companies have experience in destination marketing and local and national retail clients, including Academy Sports & Outdoors, which has a location in Sunset Valley. 9 Epic Fun Family Entertainment Center reopened July 1 following months of closure due to local COVID-19 orders and safety precautions. The Oak Hill activity center has faced economic hardship from the long closure. Epic Fun owner Stacey Eppen conrmed to Community Impact Newspaper that her team was striving to keep the business alive after ling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Now that Epic Fun is back open, new health screening and social distancing procedures have been implemented. Epic Fun is located at 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. D, Austin. 512-957-9099. 10 Gourdough’s , which has a brick- and-mortar location at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, led for Chapter 11 bank- ruptcy June 23. According to court doc- uments, the Gourdough’s location that opened in 2019 on the Riverwalk in San Antonio was a drain on the company’s nances, with the owners transferring $1.79 million in expenses over the course of the year to support the location. The

South Lamar location and the Gour- dough’s food truck remain open. 512-912-9070. 11 With a location at 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Austin, SLAB BBQ & Beer reopened dine-in service June 1 after being closed since March. Through the pandemic SLAB has partnered with local churches to serve free meals to over 100 refugee families each week, according to owner Raf Robinson. Robinson said the busi- ness decided to give back to the com- munity after SLAB received Paycheck Protection Program assistance in early April. 512-243-8000. 12 The Sustainable Food Center announced July 7 it will extend its Neighborhood Pop-Up Grocery Project through Sept. 30. The project, initially started in April, oers low-cost fresh produce boxes and other grocery items inside restaurants that have closed their dining rooms. There are 20 restaurants participating in the project, including Killa Wasi, 3913 Todd Lane, Ste. 607, in Southeast Austin. 512-236-0074. 13 Still Austin Whiskey Co. on July 11 launched sales for a new product, Still Austin Straight Bourbon, with distribution expected beginning in early August. The South Austin distillery, located at 440 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. F, Austin, has closed its tasting room during the COVID-19 pandemic but is oering curbside pickup of available bottles, merchandise, cock- tail kits and the distillery’s hand sanitizer. 512-276-2700.

Crafter’s Cocktails oers fresh drink mixers for home delivery.


FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN South Austin bartender Sean O’Neill launched Crafter’s Cocktails , a craft drink mixer delivery service, this spring. O’Neill began oering delivery of preservative-free mixers made with fresh ingredients when the coronavirus pandemic hit pause on his plans to open a bar. The delivery menu is available each weekend on a rotating basis, oering choices like the Mexican martini, Blueberry Basilade and Blackberry Chocolate Old Fashioned. Alcohol is not included with mixers. CLOSINGS 14 Full English , an all-day, Brit- ish-themed breakfast and tea cafe that has been open since 2010, ocially closed July 19. The restaurant was locat- ed at 2000 Southern Oaks Drive, Austin. 15 Vitamin and supplement retailer GNC in July closed its Barton Creek Square Mall location at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, as part of a restruc- turing plan after the company led for bankruptcy June 24. According to the company, more than 800 locations will close internationally. GNC still has three locations in the Southwest Austin area, including in Sunset Valley, Cedar Valley and Southpark Meadows.

Crafter’s Cocktails is based out of 1709 Rockland Drive, Austin. 609-948-0124.



16 Orange Coworking , located at 2110 W. Slaughter Lane, Ste. 160, Austin, permanently closed in July due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. The South Austin coworking space held a liq- uidation sale of furniture and equipment beginning July 21. 512-887-4469. 17 According to a letter to parents, Smith Academy will be closing perma- nently Aug. 1 due in part to constraints placed on the school by the ongoing pan- demic. Located in South Austin at 11530 Menchaca Road, Bldg. 5, the private school serves students up to fth grade with extracurricular activities such as mu- sic, art, gym and swimming. The academy was established in 1979, according to the

school’s website. 512-282-7739.

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