New Braunfels | July 2023


11 Chuy’s , a Tex-Mex restaurant, will open its ˆrst New Braunfels location at 2735 S. I-35 this fall. The restaurant is slated to open in early September, per an o™cial with 1845 Creative, the marketing ˆrm managing grand opening events for Chuy’s. The Austin-based restaurant chain is known for its classic Tex-Mex dishes. 512-473-2783. EXPANSIONS 12 Texas Ski Ranch , located at 6700 N. I-35, New Braunfels, added new indoor lanes and two mobile ax-throwing lanes to Loki’s Axe Haus, which is located inside Texas Ski Ranch. Ax throwers must be 12 years old or older. 830-627-2843. 13 The Birdhouse Fancy Chicken & Fine Wine , formerly known as The River House, opened on May 18 at 1617 New Braunfels St. in the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels. The Birdhouse remains under the ownership of Ross Wilkinson and focuses on all things chicken: smoked, fried, hot and cold. Brunch and a large wine selection are also still o ered to customers. The River House Catering Co., Supper & Song dinner concerts and The River House Wine Dinners are still being o ered by the restaurant. 830-608-0690. CLOSINGS NAME CHANGES 545 Creekside Crossing on July 14 due to being unable to attract enough families to sustain operations. There are no plans to open another YMCA in New Braunfels. 830-606-9622. newbraunfels ANNIVERSARIES 15 The Pedernales Electric Cooper- ative celebrated 85 years of service May 19. The power provider, which serves communities in the Hill Country, opened its doors on that same date in 1938. 888- 554-4732. 14 The New Braunfels YMCA will be closing its location at


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Rodriguez accepts patients with or without insurance. Her membership fees range from $50-$200 per month. She o ers a variety of comprehensive care, including well-child checkups, annual exams, STI testing, sports physicals, newborn care and more. Rodriguez also o ers discounted labs. 210-445-6778. 8 The Mess Around , an upscale Southern cuisine restaurant, opened at the end of May in a shared space with The Crosswalk at the Schmitz. Located at 471 Main Plaza, New Braunfels, owners Jennifer and Dennis Wilson o er dinner menu items, including chicken fried chicken, Creole meatloaf with collared greens and stone-ground grits, and more alongside Texas-based beer and wine. 830-620-7200. the_messaround 9 Jolt Drive Thru Coee , a local- ly owned co ee company, opened its second New Braunfels location at 1509 N. Walnut Ave. at the end of June. The co ee company o ers a variety of signature and classic co ee beverages. Jolt Drive Thru Co ee also o ers sodas, teas and energy drink Aura Energy. The co ee drive-thru also sells snacks and protein shakes. www.joltdrivethruco COMING SOON 10 Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard is opening a shop at 2009 S. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels. The frozen custard franchise is expected to open its New Braunfels location in the third quarter of this year. The shop sells Italian ice made with fresh fruit and frozen custard.

Das Rec has an indoor track, an indoor gymnasium, pools and more.


FEATURED IMPACT ANNIVERSARIES The New Braunfels Recreation Center Das Rec , located at 345 Landa St., will celebrate its ve-year anniversary July 21. The recreation center opened in 2018. “We’re just so thankful that the community has just embraced Das Rec through and through,” said Michael Goodner, Das Rec’s membership and outreach supervisor. accomplishments has been being able to host swim teams on-site, such as Surge Aquatics, a USA competitive swim team and New Braunfels ISD’s swim team. Recreation Manager Stephanie Chelar said one of the biggest “We’re really proud that we’re one of the few facilities in New Braunfels that o“ers swim lessons year-round because New Braunfels is such a river town and a swimming town,” Goodner said. Aside from renovations, Das Rec is looking to expand in other ways. “We’re trying to expand the things that we can o“er here to not just be tness related but also kind of stimulate the mind as well,” Chelar said.

completed a number of renovations to the facility, including adding a turf workout space in the back of the facility and a Kinder Care area for children equipped with a shaded outdoor play area and other activities. Das Rec o“ers a wide range of workout classes, including yoga, Pilates, high- intensity interval training and Zumba. The center also has free weights, cardio equipment and an indoor track. The center is looking to partner with a new organization called iCode to o“er science, technology, engineering and math classes this summer. The ve-year anniversary celebration will be a two-day event beginning July 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and July 22 from 9 a.m.-noon. 830-221-4170.

Due to a signi cant increase in membership, Das Rec has also



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