Southwest Austin - Dripping Springs Edition - July 2021

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Exploding Central Texas housing market continues to drive rapid sprawl

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1070 Bearkat Canyon Dr, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Kimberly Fodor | 512-809-3844

7412 Journeyville Dr, Austin, TX 78735 Kristen Jacobs | 512-657-9311

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Amir’s favorite pier in Port Aransas, Keep- ers will offer sustainably caught seafood from across the country paired with flavors from around the world. Amir also owns District Kitchen + Cocktails, with one lo- cation on Slaughter and another on Shoal Creek Boulevard. The Hajimaleki brothers are also behind Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar, located on RM 620, and plan to open a second location later this year in the same space as Keepers Coastal Kitchen. 512-519-9911. www.keepersaustin.com 3 Mama Fried , a new french fry trailer from the team behind Leroy and Lewis, opened July 15 at the Armadillo Den, 10106 Menchaca Road, Austin. The menu features fries served with dips such as beet barbecue or queso. Customers can also order the fries topped with options such as chili and cheese or the Whole Hog Fries with whole hog, pork hash, mustard barbecue sauce and coleslaw.

The concept comes from longtime Leroy and Lewis employee Clayton Cook and is inspired by Texas’ outlaw country leg- ends—Merle Haggard recorded the album “Mama Tried” in 1968. 512-962-7805. www.mamafriedatx.com 4 Schlotzsky’s opened a new location at 8900 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 200, Austin, on May 25. The sandwich shop features dine-in, patio and drive-thru options, and it also has a Cinnabon menu. The new location is near the site of the first ever Schlotzsky’s location, which opened on South Congress Avenue in 1971. Joanne and Michael Thomas own this franchise. 512-462-2222. www.schlotzskys.com 5 Makeup and beauty chain Sephora held its grand opening of a new Sunset Valley store July 16. Located at 5601 Brodie Lane, Ste. 500, Austin, at Sunset Valley Village, it is the sixth Austin loca-

tion for Sephora. www.sephora.com 6 True Rest Float Spa opened July 15 at 2919 Menchaca Road, Ste. 105A, Austin. The flotation therapy chain also has locations on Research Boulevard and in Cedar Park. Tanner Heim, a co-owner of the franchise, also plans to open a second business—Lizard Yoga Wellness and Retreat Center—in the same building in Suite 104A. The yoga studio does not yet have an estimated opening date. 512-550-1392. www.truerest.com 7 Walgreens and Village MD have partnered to launch Village Medical at Walgreens ,which will open 29 new primary care practices this year throughout Texas, including one that opened this summer at 3601 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin. The practices will have both a physician and pharmacist on staff so patients can receive care and fill prescriptions at one stop. www.villagemedical.com

1 Bottled water supplier Alkaline Falls opened its Oak Hill storefront in early May. Located at 6118 Hwy. 290, Ste. B, Austin, Alkaline Falls offers pH-balanced alkaline water. Customers may either bring their own containers for cleaning and filling at the store, or they can purchase containers ranging from 1 liter to 5 gallons in size. Filtration showerheads are also sold. 737-268-9932. www.facebook.com/alka- linefallsllc 2 Restaurateurs and brothers Amir and Ali Hajimaleki, along with chef-partner René Melendes, opened Keepers Coastal Kitchen at 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, Bldg. D, Austin, on July 9. Named after

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COMING SOON 8 Activewear brand Fabletics is set to open at Barton Creek Square in the winter. Co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, Fabletics sells leggings and other activewear staples for both men and women, and it offers special prices through the company’s VIP membership program. It will be located in the mall’s lower level between J.Crew and Bath & Body Works at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. www.fabletics.com 9 Fierce Whiskers Distillery is pre- paring to open in late summer at 5333 Fleming Court, Austin. The name of the rye and bourbon whiskey distillery owned by native Texans Tim Penney and Tri Vo comes from a quote former U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes wrote in his journal in 1849 on a visit to Texas, calling Austin a place with “fierce whiskers, gaming and drinking very abounding in all quarters.” www.fiercewhiskers.com 10 Label Society , an Austin-based retailer selling preowned designer handbags, watches and accessories, will open its second location at Barton Creek Square mall in August. The shop carries brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel and Hermes. Label Society’s first location is at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave at 12801 Hill Country Blvd. The new store will be located on Barton Creek Square’s lower level near Nord- strom at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. www.labelsociety.com 11 Offline by Aerie , a sister store to young adult fashion purveyors American Eagle and Aerie, will open its first Texas location at Barton Creek Square this fall. Offering leggings, sports bras, workout dresses and other activewear pieces for women, Offline will be located on the mall’s upper level across from its sister stores at 2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin. www.bartoncreeksquare.com 12 Pure Barre will open a new location at the Arbor Trails shopping center, 4301 W. William Cannon Drive, Bldg. B, Ste. 114, Austin, this fall. The national fitness chain offers classes that focus on full-body cardio and strength training with a blend of exercise techniques inspired by ballet, Pilates and yoga. Franchise owner Lisa O’Neill said she is

targeting an October opening date. 512-920-6966. www.purebarre.com RELOCATIONS 13 Neapolitan-style pizza truck Dough Boys relocated July 8 from its long-term location on Austin’s East 12th Street to Meanwhile Brewing Co. in Southeast Austin. Dough Boys serves pizza with house-made sauces and local ingredients, including Barton Springs Mill flour and Texas Sausage Co. pork sausage, cooked in an 800-pound wood-fired oven. Meanwhile Brewing is located at 3901 Promontory Point Drive, Austin. www.doughboysatx.com 14 Fiery Sage Healing has moved its practice from 2720 Bee Caves Road, Austin, to 2500 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, in the Stonegate Two office park. Jennifer Finegold practices both acupuncture and hypnotherapy, specializing in treating disorders such as anxiety and depression. 512-815-3555. www.fshealing.com 15 National chiropractic services chain The Joint moved to Brodie Lane from its former Circle C location July 16. The Joint’s Southwest Austin office is now open at 8916 Brodie Lane, Ste. 500, Austin, and offers the same chiroprac- tors and scheduling as its previous location with services aimed at relieving body pains, treating sciatica and treating injuries. 512-309-7825. www.thejoint. com/texas/austin/circle-c-28051 16 The Natural Health Center of Austin , an herbal medicine clinic also offering acupuncture and nutrition services, is set to relocate to 2804 S. First St., Ste. 1101, Austin, on Aug. 1. Originally located at 3809 S. Second St., The Natural Health Center opened in 2003 with the goal of helping Austinites with chronic pain, allergies and stress. 512-892-3366. www.austinacupuncturewellness.com RENOVATIONS 17 Home furnishings designer and wholesaler Four Hands completed a re- model of its corporate headquarters and showroom at 2090 Woodward St., Austin in June. Led by Austin-based firm Michael Hsu Office Architecture, the design in-

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cludes three house-like structures within the warehouse space. www.fourhands.com IN THE NEWS 18 SunHouse at Easton Park , located on Solari Drive in Southeast Austin, will be Tesla Energy’s first all-solar neighbor- hood. Construction on the first roughly dozen solar homes began in June, and will continue in phases over the next year. In partnership with developers Brook- field Residential and Dacra, SunHouse at Easton Park homes will feature Tesla’s V3 solar roof tiles, Powerwall battery stor- age and vehicle charging stations. Tesla will use SunHouse as a model for other communities worldwide, Brookfield said. www.eastonparkatx.com/innovation CLOSINGS 19 Austin Scoops’ ice cream store at 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Ste. 900, Austin, closed June 27. Following the June launch of its new factory, the brand will now

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move into product sales through other businesses and events in the Austin area. www.austinscoops.com 20 Zoes Kitchen closed its Sunset Valley location July 14. The fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant still has several other Austin-area locations, including in North Austin, West Lake Hills and Round Rock. The restaurant was located at 5601 Brodie Lane, Ste. 525, Sunset Valley. www.zoeskitchen.com

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property. The bar and restaurant will serve craft cocktails and “elevated comfort food.” Distillers Hall will host weddings and events of up to 200 guests. Dripping Springs Distilling produces Dripping Springs Vodka and Gin, 1876 Vodka and Bourbon, Republic Tequila and multiple other liquor brands at 5330 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. 512-858-1199. www.drippingspringsdistilling.com 3 Orangetheory Fitness will open a gym in Dripping Springs at the Shops at Ledgestone this fall. Located across from Belterra Village at 12680 W. Hwy. 290, Ste. 150, the franchise will offer workout sessions that feature high-intensity interval training, including cardio, rowing and strength training. The chain has several other locations in the South Austin

area, including at Lantana Place and on South Lamar Boulevard. 512-994-2664. www.orangetheory.com 4 Total Care Primary Care will hold the grand opening for a new Belterra Village clinic Aug. 11 along with a ribbon-cutting at 5 p.m. Total Care offers physical exams, allergy care and vaccinations, among other services at 164 Belterra Village Way, Ste. Y200, Dripping Springs. 512-866-3016.

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5 High Cotton Home & Design plans to relocate to a private ranch at 130 Schoolhouse Ridge, Driftwood, in late September. Currently located at 10827 Hwy. 290, Ste. 110, Austin, the boutique furniture store and design center will be

open at its new space from Wednesday through Sunday during the first week of each month. Otherwise, it will open by appointment only. 512-296-2423. www.highcottonhomedesign.com

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Austin City Limits Radio hosts its 30th annual Blues on the Green event across four dates in July and August, following a year o in 2020. The family- and pet- friendly concert series takes place at Zilker Park. A performance lineup is forthcoming. 8 p.m. Free. 2207 Lou Ne Road, Austin.www.acl-radio.com/ blues-on-the-green (Courtesy ACL Radio)

The Capital City’s pride parade and festival are back in 2021 to celebrate Austin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Sponsored by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation, the pride festival is open to people of all ages. The parade begins outside the Texas Capitol and is free to watch. www.austinpride.org (Courtesy Austin Pride)

Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Bingham and more artists bring the Outlaw Music Festival’s tour to the Germania Insurance Amphitheater at the Circuit of The Americas. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the show begins at 4 p.m. $107 and up. 1901 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Del Valle. www.germaniaamp.com (Courtesy ACL Live)

29 THROUGHAUG. 1 &AUG. 58 1980S DANCE PARTY The Zach Theatre continues its “Songs Under the Stars” summer concert series with two weekends of 1980s dance music, featuring performances by Kenny Williams and Leslie McDonel. 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 6 p.m. (Sun.). $25 and up. 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org AUGUST 03 SPACE INDUSTRY LECTURE Austin Public Library and the Austin Forum on Technology & Society present “Space: New Industries, Applications and Opportunities,” a talk by Tom Markusic, CEO of Firey Aerospace. Markusic will discuss his experience in the space industry, with insights on technologies and goals for companies and agencies with their eyes on space. Fully vaccinated patrons may attend in person, and anyone may attend via Zoom. Free. Begins at 6 p.m. Austin Central Library,

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710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. www.austinforum.org/august32021 05 ‘MUSEUMOF THE FUTURE PRESENT’ OPENING Native Hostel welcomes a new immersive art experience, “Museum of the Future Present,” an installation that combines music, visual art and performances by acts including The Cinematic Orchestra and Hannibal Burress. The installation was created by Los Angeles-based art collective Eye Contakt. Multiple times. $32. 807 E. Fourth St., Austin. www.museumofthefuturepresent.com 07 SUCCULENT ARRANGEMENT CLASS Articulture Designs oers a workshop on modern succulent arranging, teaching participants to create their own living centerpieces. Materials are provided. 10-11 a.m. $75 and up. 6405 Menchaca Road, Austin. 512-762-5228. 1701 Red River St., Austin. 512-471-7744. www.articulturedesigns.com

The University of Texas’ Frank Erwin Center hosts a monster truck rally featuring “high-ying stunts and four- wheel excitement.”7 p.m. (Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sun.). $22 and up. www.uterwincenter.com 07 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD students head back to class. The full academic calendar for the 2021-22 school years are available on the districts’ website. www.austinisd.org, www.dsisdtx.us 28 BAT FEST Austin holds its 16th annual Bat Fest, featuring live music, food, and a bat costume contest, plus a chance to see Congress Ave. Bridge’s famous bat colony take o. 4 p.m.-midnight. $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Free for kids under 8. 100 S. Congress Ave., Austin. 512-220-2340. www.roadwayevents.com/event/bat-fest

The Blue Starlite Drive-In theater will serve a special themed dinner theater menu for a showing of the lm “North by Northwest.” Menu oerings include Kaplan Cakes (bacon pancakes on a stick) and Eve’s Honeypot (peach-lled, honey-glazed donuts). 9:15 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Blue Starlite Mueller, 2103 EM Franklin Ave., Austin. 512-850-6127. www.bluestarlitedrivein.com 27 THROUGHAUG. 31 SUNSET SUMMER SERIES YTX Austin, formerly known as Wanderlust Yoga, hosts its summer yoga series at Republic Square. Every Tuesday, participants with any level of yoga experience receive practice with a YTX instructor while a live musician or DJ plays. Free with preregistration.

422 Guadalupe St., Austin. www.republicsquare.org

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Capital Metrounveils initial plans

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SERVICE EXPANDS Capital Metro Pickup service is coming to Southwest Austin Capital Metro is expanding its on-demand Pickup service into Southwest Austin. A The South Menchaca zone is scheduled to launch July 27, and B the North Oak Hill zone is scheduled to launch Aug. 24. Riders can schedule rides through the Pickup app or by calling 512-369-6200. Times: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays Fee: $1.25 per ride

for underground rail stations, route under Lady Bird Lake Capital Metro unveiled initial plans July 13 detailing how much of its future light-rail network will navigate the downtown Austin corridor. This section, which will likely be the most complicated and expensive portion of Project Connect, will include six underground stops at Republic Square, Congress Avenue, Government Center/Capitol West, the Rainey/Mexican American Cultural Center, Convention Center/Brush Square (currently Downtown Station) and Auditorium Shores. Peter Mullan, Austin Transit Partnership chief of architecture and urban design, said plans are 15% designed for the $7.1 billion project, and they could change as Capital Metro continues to evaluate rail station and tunnel locations. Capital Metro officials unveiled one of the larger changes to the original design: the Orange Line will now likely go under Lady Bird Lake instead of using a bridge to go over the body of water. That underwater tunnel segment will likely be just west of the South First Street bridge and connect the Republic Square and Auditorium Shores stations. “A lot of it has to do with the grading,” Mullan said. “It’s just very hard to find a place to come out of the ground because you start sloping up so much so quickly.” He added that traffic conflicts on the north side of Lady Bird Lake and flood zone issues on the south side of the lake factored into the decision. Capital Metro is still assessing whether that tunnel would go back to the surface before or after the SoCo Station, located near the intersection of South Congress Avenue and West Johanna Street. The Government Center/Capitol West Station will be the last underground stop on the north side of the Orange Line. That station will be on Guadalupe Street at either West 12th, 13th or 15th street. Capital Metro is also evaluating whether the train will emerge from the tunnel at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and either West 18th Street or just north of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The tunnel will not extend onto the University of Texas at

Capital Metro’s downtown underground rail design plans are 15% complete. They include a tunnel under Lady Bird Lake connecting the Republic Square and Auditorium Shores stations, and a pedestrian-friendly area along Fourth Street. Orange Line Pedestrian-friendly area

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Changes trail on the trail According to plans from Capital Metro, a new light- rail line will cross over Lady Bird Lake on an above- ground bridge near the Austin American-Statesman property and enter a downtown tunnel system near the mouth of Waller Creek. That means the space that houses Austin Rowing Club’s oces, Alta’s Cafe and an event rental space will have to move.

Waller CreekBoathouse event, cafe spacewill have tomove tomakeway for rail project

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Metro are involved in ongoing negotiations about nding a new home for the ARC. ARC Executive Director Kevin Reinis said the mission of the nonprot during its 40 years in Austin has been to connect the community with rowing, and he believes the move can be a positive development for the ARC. “Let’s use this disruption as an opportunity and catalyst to make a lasting change and make a dierence in howwe engage the community of Austin around the opportunity of Lady Bird Lake,” Reinis said. Although he is looking forward

The planned Blue Line light-rail route that will connect the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown and North Austin will cross over Lady Bird Lake on an above-ground bridge before entering into a tunnel system downtown. While sta fromCapital Metro and the Austin Transit Partnership are still discussing proposed station locations and the rail route, they have said the spot where the rail line crosses the river and enters the tunnel systemwill necessitate the removal of portions of the Waller Creek Boathouse. “The upper portion of the

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“BY THE END OF 2022 WE SHOULD HAVE A PRETTY CLEAR PICTURE OF WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, AND IF WE DON’T, I THINK WE’RE MISSING THE OPPORTUNITY.” KEVIN REINIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN ROWING CLUB

to the opportunities the move will provide, Reinis said he is looking to convey a sense of urgency upon the other partners involved in the discussion. “By the end of 2022 we should have a pretty clear picture of what’s going to happen, and if we don’t, I think we’re missing the opportunity,” he said. Construction of the light-rail lines is scheduled to start in 2024 and last about ve years. The Blue Line bridge spanning Lady Bird Lake would be located between South Congress

boathouse can’t be there anymore because of the grades we’re going across and then diving into the tunnel; it’s not possible to retain the upper portion,” ATP Chief Program Ocer Dave Couch told the Capital Metro board of directors May 24. “We would very much like and intend to keep the lower portion.” The boathouse is owned by the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and leased by the Austin Rowing Club, a nonprot that provides rowing opportunities for the community.

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The upper portion of the boathouse includes Alta’s Café, an all-day spot with a menu including coee, sandwiches and smoothies as well as an event space available for rentals. According to a statement from Capital Metro, the lower portion of the boathouse contains mechanical equipment for the Waller Creek stormwater tunnel, which will remain in operation during construction. “We really don’t want to try to move the pumps and everything that’s there,” Couch said. The loss of the upper portions of the boathouse does not mean the loss of the Austin Rowing Club altogether. The rowing club, the city and Capital

Avenue and I-35, connecting the Austin American- Statesman property on the south bank of the river to the Waller Creek Boathouse area to the north. Peter Mullan, ATP’s chief of architecture and urban design, told the ATP board of directors May 19 that it will have facilities for pedestrians and bicycles in addition to carrying the light rail across the lake. The ATP presented proposed station locations and routes June 16 for the north and south portions of the Orange Line and was scheduled to come back July 21, after the publication deadline for this edition, to present the downtown area where the Orange and Blue lines will converge.

The Waller Creek Boathouse’s upper portion, which includes Alta's Cafe and event space, will have to be relocated due to the construction of a light-rail line. JACK FLAGLERCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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FUTURE ATSTAKE

DEVELOPMENT Austin seeks to rezone parcels, including theMuny golf course

The city is seeking feedback on the rezoning of four pieces of University of Texas-owned land throughout the city that could aect the properties’ future uses by the university.

The largest of the four parcels includes Lions Municipal Golf Course.

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Unlike most rezoning cases in which an appeal for a specic change on a property is considered, Rusthoven said the UT cases will see sta build their own zoning recommendations based on community feedback. Sta will bring the proposals before the Austin Planning Commission and City Council. Rusthoven said the recommendations may advance both the university’s own plans for the land and city priorities such as the preservation of Muny. The rst feedback session had generated interest from hundreds of Austinites as of mid-June, he said. “I’m used to responding to what someone’s asking for, not being told, ‘Here’s a blank canvas; go paint it.’ Having to do that with about 500 people all with brushes and paint, it’ll be interesting,” he said. During the rst rezoning meeting, most participants, including District 10 Council Member Alison Alter, appeared to voice their support for maintaining the course. “You don’t need to convince me that we need to save Muny. ... I’m committed to that, and I’m committed to working together creatively to get to a place where UT can have the certainty that they need ... and Muny and [West Austin Youth Association] are preserved for future generations,” Alter said.

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The future of West Austin’s Lions Municipal Golf Course, or Muny, is again up for discussion as Austin moves forward on the potential rezoning of land owned by The University of Texas throughout the city, including the historic civic landmark. The golf course was part of a 1910 land gift to UT from philanthropist George Washington Brackenridge, and has been leased by the city of Austin since the 1930s. The course has been free to the public through its history and remains a local civil rights landmark given its status as the rst Southern municipal golf course to desegregate beginning in 1950. Initiated by City Council in December, the rezoning process will see the city work to craft an “appropriate” zoning framework for land including the university-owned Brackenridge tracts containing the 141- acre Muny near the Colorado River. Muny remains operational through its month-to-month lease with Austin while part of the ongoing case. Properties now also under rezoning consideration include the Gateway Apartments tract located nearby on Sixth Street, North Austin’s West Pickle Research Campus and the Montopolis Research Center. Jerry Rusthoven, chief zoning ocer for the Austin Housing and Planning Department, said although the university did not initiate the current process, it agreed to city ocials’ direction to rezone the land.

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and the nonprot Muny Conservancy, established to raise funds for the eventual purchase of the course. Other speakers also mentioned their connections to Muny given its history of welcoming African American athletes, and its status as an accessible outdoor amenity enjoyed by Austinites of all backgrounds.

“Great cities preserve their history and green spaces, and what we do about [Muny] will say a lot about the social values and culture of our city and UT,” conservancy co-chair Scotty Sayers said. Public meetings and the opportunities to comment on Austin’s rezoning of the UT properties will continue this year.

Among the other meeting attendees were members of organizations such as the Save

Historic Muny District, a state-created entity tied to the course’s survival,

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