Central Austin Edition - September 2021

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or renovated

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COMING SOON 4 Fitness studio chain Barry’s plans to open a location at 408 W. Second St., Austin. An opening date for the 6,620-square-foot space has not yet been announced. It will be the first permanent Austin gym for Barry’s, which has operated out of a pop-up space on North Lamar Boulevard since March of this year. The fitness chain offers a cardio and strength interval workout experience under red light intended to heighten focus. www.barrys.com 5 The Linden , a 28-story residential tower in Austin’s Museum District blocks north of the state Capitol, broke ground Sept. 15. Located at 313 W. 17th St., Austin, The Linden will feature 117 one- to three- bedroom units alongside several two- story penthouses. Amenities will include a lap pool and an adjacent bar, a fitness center with a sauna, and a public art gallery set to feature a rotating selection of work from local creatives. Outdoor dining and lounge areas are also included in the project plan. www.thelinden.com 6 The Trail Foundation is set to begin construction on Rainey Street Trailhead , an enhanced entry point to the Ann & Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, next summer. TTF filed a site development permit application in August for the project, which has been in the planning stages since 2019. The project will feature improvements to parkland at 36 East Ave., Austin, located south of Cummings Street between Rainey Street and East Avenue, including a neighborhood lawn, a nature playground, upgraded sidewalks and an overlook area with views of Lady Bird Lake, according to preliminary designs. www.thetrailfoundation.org

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ANNIVERSARIES 7 Kirby Hall School celebrates 45 years this fall. Located at 306 W. 29th St., Austin, Kirby Hall School is a private college preparatory institution for kindergarten through 12th grade students that offers a “challenging curriculum, a warm and inclusive environment and small class sizes,” according to a school representative. The school building was originally used as one of The University of Texas’ first dormitories for women. 512-474-1770. www.kirbyhallschool.org RENOVATIONS 8 The Driskill Hotel announced Sept. 9 that 14 renovated guest suites were ready for reservations. The hotel, located at 604 Brazos St., Austin, last saw hotel room renovations in 1998. Plans for future renovations, including updates to all 175 guest rooms, will begin in September 2022. Other hotel spaces, such as The Driskill Bar, will be refinished. 512-439-1234. www.driskillhotel.com

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DOWNTOWN/ WEST CAMPUS NOWOPEN 1 Favorite Pizza opened at 801 W. Sixth St., Austin, on Aug. 4. The pizzeria, operated by Austin restaurant and hotel group McGuire Moorman Hospitality, serves New York-style pizza and sub 2 Nightclub and restaurant Higher Ground opened at 720 Congress Ave., Austin, on July 23. Located in a Gothic church-themed space, the bar’s kitchen serves Italian-style small plates and sandwiches as well as a cocktail menu sandwiches. 512-478-4136. www.favoritepizzaaustin.com

with drinks named after the seven deadly sins. 512-291-2060. www.highergroundatx.com 3 The Verde Store , Austin FC’s official retailer for club merchandise, held its grand opening Sept. 18 at 506 Congress Ave., Austin. Fans of Austin’s professional soccer team can purchase jerseys, apparel and Austin FC-themed Yeti products at the store. www.austinfc.com BlackDenim Records , a new indie record label, announced its launch out of Austin on Aug. 31. The label is planning a citywide showcase next year that will also serve as a competition offering a $100,000 recording contract and publishing deal to one Austinite. www.blackdenimrecords.com

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