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The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce posted an analysis of jobs and the Austin economy today.  Here are some highlights:

  • Austin has the fastest rate of job growth and the second lowest unemployment rate among large U.S. metros
  • Even though the Austin MSA is the 35th in size, it created one of the largest increases in number of jobs with 37,700 new jobs created in the last 12 months, beating San Francisco and Orlando
  • Among the 100 largest metros, Austin also has the fastest rate of job growth over the last 5 years (15%) and the last 10 years (35%)
  • In Austin, two industries, professional and business services and leisure and hospitality, have seen the fastest rates of job growth (7.0% and 10.1% respectively), and together account for half of the 37,700 jobs created in Austin in the last 12 months
  • Austin’s unemployment rate, at 4.7% in January, is the second lowest among the top 50 metros 
    Click here to see orginal article

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Annies Cafe & Bar

319 Congress Ave. 512-472-1884, http://www.anniescafebar.com.

Brunch hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$16.

Highlights: Brioche french toast, full English breakfast, eggs Benedict, beignets, farmers’ market salad with grilled salmon.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas, $8 Bloody Marys, $8 bellinis with white peach juice.

Blue Star Cafeteria

4800 Burnet Road, Suite C300. 512-454-7827, http://www.bluestarcafeteria.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$14.

Highlights: Quiche Lorraine, Florentine Benedict, vanilla-battered french toast, bagel with smoked salmon, Western omelet.

Drink specials: $3 virgin Bloody Marys (you supply the liquor), $5 mimosas, $4.75 poinsettias with cranberry juice.


1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, http://www.clarksoysterbar.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$34.

Highlights: Lobster roll, wood-grilled shrimp toast, hangar steak and eggs, grilled cheese egg in the hole.


2027 Anchor Lane. 512-614-2260, http://www.contigotexas.com/austin.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$12.

Highlights: Nopales and eggs, beef tongue hash, housemade breads, rabbit and dumplings.

Chez Zee

5406 Balcones Drive. 512-454-2666, http://www.chez-zee.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.95-$19.95.

Highlights: Crème brûlée french toast, lobster and shrimp omelet, migas, 10 varieties of eggs Benedict, including one that has crab cakes.

Eastside Cafe

2113 Manor Road. 512-476-5858, http://www.eastsidecafeaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.75-$19.95.

Highlights: Baked huevos Mexicanos, smoked salmon Benedict, apple-almond waffle, blueberry blintzes, garden vegetable enchiladas, wild mushroom crêpes, artichoke manicotti.

1886 Cafe & Bakery

614 E. Sixth St. at the Driskill Hotel. 512-391-7066, http://www.1886cafeandbakery.com.

Brunch hours: On Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast runs from 6:30 to 11 a.m., and brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$12.

Highlights: Pastries, lox and bagel, pecan waffles, three-egg omelets, eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, Hangover Burger.

El Naranjo

85 Rainey St. 512-474-2776, http://www.elnaranjo-restaurant.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$14.

Highlights: Pan dulce, chilaquiles, huevos a la albanil.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and sangria, $5 margarita dominguera.


1610 S. Congress Ave. 512-441-7672, http://www.austinvespaio.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$16.

Highlights: Poached eggs on focaccia with Niman Ranch ham or spinach and roasted tomato, crab cake with poached egg and hollandaise, croque madame sandwich, semolina and buttermilk pancakes.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas, bellinis and greyhounds, $6 Bloody Marys.


2307 Hancock Drive. 512-371-6840. http://www.epicerieaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$13.

Highlights: “Mad dog” pancakes, croque madame, eggs benedict.

Fino Restaurant Patio & Bar

2905 San Gabriel St. 474-2905, http://www.finoaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$14.

Highlights: Manchego biscuits with quince jam, prawns and grits, tortilla Española.

Drink specials: $5 mimosas with orange, grapefruit or pomegranate juice. $25 for a carafe.

Fonda San Miguel

2330 W. North Loop Blvd. 512-459-4121, http://www.fondasanmiguel.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $38.95. half price for children 12 and under

Highlights: Black drum ceviche, cochinita pibil, chicken mole poblano, chicken mole verde, corn budín, slow-cooked achiote agujas, jicama fruit salad, beans and rice, housemade tortillas, arroz con leche, bread pudding, almond flan.

Drink specials: Sangria for $14 a carafe and $28 a pitcher, $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas.


407 Colorado St. 512-494-6916, http://www.hotdogscoldbeer.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$15.

Highlights: Chicken and bacon waffles, shrimp and grits, Makers Mark toast with blueberry-bourbon syrup, pulled-pork Benedict.

Drink specials: $8 Red Headed Stranger with a Pearl chaser, $4 mimosas, $7 Frank 75, $7.50 Texas Pimms and BB Creme.


360 Nueces St. 512-320-8226, http://www.garridosaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$13.50.

Highlights: Migas, lamb chorizo omelet, breakfast tacos with mushroom.

Green Pastures

811 W. Live Oak St. 512-444-4747, http://www.greenpasturesrestaurant.com .

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Prices: Buffet $38.

Highlights: Prime rib, shrimp cocktail, hot smoked salmon, eggs Benedict, dessert buffet. Coffee, tea and punch included.


3110 Guadalupe St. 512-537-0467, http://www.hopfieldsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$12.

Highlights: Eggs benedict (weekends only), pain perdu.

Hyde Park Bar & Grill

4206 Duval St., 512-458-3168; 4521 West Gate Blvd., 512-899-2700; http://www.hpbng.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$13.

Highlights: Eggs Benedict, migas, pork & waffles.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and screwdrivers, $4 Bloody Marys.

Iron Cactus

606 Trinity St., 512-472-9240; 10001 Stonelake Blvd., 512-794-8778; 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave, 512-692-8059. http://www.ironcactus.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The Stonelake Boulevard location also offers brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Prices: Buffet $14.99. $8.99 for kids 5 to 12. Free for kids 4 and under. $12.99 for seniors.

Highlights: Fajitas, enchiladas, omelet station, guacamole, tortilla soup, migas, prime rib, roast pork, dessert station.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

7720 W. Texas 71. 512-852-8558; 2500 Hoppe Trail, Round Rock, 512-215-0372, http://www.jackallenskitchen.com .

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $15.99. $5.99 for 12 and younger.

Highlights: Biscuits and gravy, enchilada casserole, house-cured ham, Mama’s Sunday Chicken, chicken-fried pork tenderloin, tomato-basil pie, eggs cooked to order.

Drink specials: $3.50 mimosas, Bloody Marys, pomegranate sangrias.

Josephine House of Austin

1610 Waterston. 512-477-5584, http://www.josephineofaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées

Highlights: 9 grain pancake, rye granola, poached egg & Israeli couscous.

La Condesa

400A W. Second St. 512-499-0300, http://www.lacondesaaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$18.

Highlights: Huevos chilangos with wild-boar chorizo, huevos condesa.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, http://www.lambertsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $12-$24

Highlights: Coriander-maple pork ribs, brown sugar-coffee brisket, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs with caviar, hanger steak Benedict, brioche french toast..


310 Congress Ave., 512-472-7555; 10201 Jollyville Road, 512-345-1042; http://www.manuels.com .

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$22.

Highlights: Migas, scrambled eggs with venison chorizo, huevos Motulenos with ham and peas, three-egg omelets, grilled pork or beef tenderloin with eggs.

Drink specials: $5 Mexican mimosas, $8 mango daiquiris.

Max’s Wine Dive

207 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-904-0111, http://www.maxswinedive.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8-$16.

Highlights: Fried chicken and waffles, fried three-egg sandwich with bacon and Gruyère, a bowl of jalapeño cheese grits with pulled pork called the SXSW.

Drink specials: Carafe of mimosas for $18 (five glasses), or $3.75 a glass.


303 Red River St. 512-236-9599, http://www.moonshinegrill.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $17.95. $7.95 for ages 7-12, free for 6 and younger.

Highlights: King Ranch casserole, migas, green egg scramble, green chile cheese grits, deviled eggs, spiral ham with pineapple chipotle glaze, white chocolate bread pudding.

Drink specials: $4 mimosas and bloody marys.


360 Nueces St. 320-0297, http://www.mulberryaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$15.

Highlights: Poached eggs with Calabrese salami and hollandaise, shrimp and polenta, brioche French toast.

Drink specials: $3 mimosas, $5 bellinis.

North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery

10010 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 512-467-6969, http://www.nxnwbrew.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $8.95-$10.95.

Highlights: Baked eggs Milanese, brunch pizza, migas, poached eggs with shrimp-and-crab cakes

Drink specials: $2.95 mimosas, $3.25 frozen bellinis, $3.50 Bloody Marys and screwdrivers, $8 Chandon Brut.


2043 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-804-2700, http://www.olivia-austin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $11-$25.

Highlights: “Picnic-stye” fried chicken, Willie Nelson chicken-fried steak and eggs, Olivia Benedict with braised flatiron, buttermilk pancakes, shrimp and grits.

Drink specials: $6 bellinis and mimosas, $30 trio of juices with a bottle of sparkling wine.

Opal Divine’s

Marina, 12709 N. MoPac Blvd. (Loop 1), 512- 733-5353; Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress Ave., 512-707-0237; Davenport, 3801 Capital of Texas Hwy N., 512-369-3709, http://www.opaldivines.com .

Brunch hours: Marina: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; Penn Field and Davenport: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $5-$12

Highlights: Migas, eggs Benedict, french toast, breakfast tacos, an Austin omelet with tomatoes, sprouts and avocado.

Paggi House

200 Lee Barton Drive. 512-473-3700, http://www.paggihouse.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $30. $15 for children.

Highlights: Chicken and waffles, french toast, bread pudding, eggs to order.

Perla’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, http://www.perlasaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $10-$25.

Highlights: Oak-grilled trout scramble, lobster omelet, breakfast bouillabaisse, crab Florentine, hanger steak and eggs, brioche french toast, breakfast crab cake, oysters on the half-shell.

Red’s Porch

3508 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-440-7337, http://www.redsporch.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.95-$10.95.

Highlights: New Orleans beignets, shrimp and grits, chicken-fried steak and eggs, migas, fried chicken and waffles, Tex-Mex omelet.

Drink specials: $2.50 mimosas, $4.25 Voodoo Queens, $3 special beer tap, $12 sangria carafes.

Roaring Fork Stonelake

10850 Stonelake Blvd. 512-342-2700, http://www.roaringfork.com.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$15.

Menu highlights: Green chile pork, Elgin sausage migas, honey-dipped fried chicken, biscuits and gravy.

Drink specials: $5 frozen margaritas, mojitos, Bloody Marys and sangria.

Russell’s Bistro

1601 W. 38th St. 512-467-7877, http://www.russellsbistro.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$17.

Highlights: Banana-pecan pancakes, crème brûlée french toast, eggs Benedict, Russell’s migas.

Drink specials: $5 Strawberry mimosas, $6 Prima Perla Prosecco mimosas

Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave. 512-827-2750, http://www.congressaustin.com/second.

Brunch hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $12-$17

Highlights: Texas benedict, brioche French toast, pork belly fried rice, black truffle grits.

Snack Bar

1224 S. Congress Ave. 512-445-2626, http://www.snackbaraustin.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7-$12.

Highlights: Quinoa salad, French toast, granola parfait, eggs & gravy biscuit, migas.

Drink specials: Saturdays and Sundays, $3 Odwalla mimosas, $14 mimosa flasks

South Congress Cafe

1600 S. Congress Ave. 512-447-3905, http://www.southcongresscafe.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9-$17.

Highlights: Spinach-portobello-artichoke omelet, steak-and-migas Benedict, smoked short rib hash, carrot-cake french toast, crab enchiladas.

Drink specials: $8 infused Bloody Marys.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

801 Red River St. 512-480-8341, http://www.stubbsaustin.com.

Brunch hours: Seatings for a gospel brunch at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $20.95 with a stage view, $18.95 without. $8.95 for kids.

Highlights: Southern-style grits, migas, fried catfish, brisket, sausage, chicken, spinach enchiladas, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cowboy beans, nopalitos, pies, cakes.

Drink specials: Make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Prices vary by brand of liquor.

Swift’s Attic

315 Congress Ave. Suite 200. http://www.swiftsattic.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $11-$28.

Highlights: Korean BBQ strip steak, forbidden rice bibimbap, chicken-fried Lockhart quail tenders, foie gras PB&J pancakes.

Drink specials: $1 mimosas, Build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, roasted pepper infused Tito’s.


1411 E. Seventh St. 512-628-4715, http://www.takobarestaurant.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $6-$9.50.

Highlights: Menudo, chilaquiles, lamb birria, migas, french toast with caramelized plantains, egg-and-chorizo torta.

Drink specials: $1.50 mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys, $7 mimosa carafes.


258 W. Second St. 512-477-1001, http://www.tavernabylombardi.com.

Brunch hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $9.50-$12.

Highlights: Shrimp and asparagus omelet, vanilla french toast, frittata.

Drink specials: $1 mimosas and bellinis with entrée.


301 W. Riverside Drive, 512-472-9304; 6416 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-451-5440; http://www.threadgills.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. Bluegrass Brunch (North Lamar), Gospel Brunch (Riverside).

Prices: Buffet $12.95. $5.95 younger than 12.

Highlights: Migas, grits, biscuits and gravy, omelet station, pancakes, fruit.

TNT/Tacos and Tequila

507 Pressler St., Suite 400. 512-436-8226, http://www.tntgrill.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $18.95. $6.95 for children 6-10. Free for 5 and younger.

Highlights: Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, huevos rancheros, brisket, omelets, desserts.

Drink specials: Fresh fruit mimosas, Champagne and aquas frescas included.


200 Lavaca St. at the W Austin. 512-542-3660, http://www.traceaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $13-$17.

Highlights: Farmer’s breakfast, croque madame, stuffed donuts, chicken fried Lockhart quail and waffles.


98 San Jacinto Blvd. at the Four Seasons Hotel. 512-685-8300, http://www.trioaustin.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Prices: Buffet $52. $22 ages 6-11. Free for 5 and younger.

Highlights: Crab claws, sushi, smoked fish, charcuterie, omelet station, cheese board, pastries, ceviche, eggs Benedict, pancakes, dessert station including cheesecake, crème brûlée and a chocolate fountain.

Drink specials: Mimosas and champagne included.


1110 West Lynn St. 512-472-8226, http://www.zocalocafe.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.99-$8.99.

Highlights: Fajita steak and eggs, pancakes, huevos rancheros or verde, eggs Benedict, chilaquiles with eggs, breakfast tacos and burritos.

Drink specials: Mango bellinis, frozen sangria, mimosas, inquire for prices.


1110 W. Sixth St., 512-478-5355; 9400A Arboretum Blvd., 512-346-3506; 10525 W. Parmer Lane, 512-388-7772. http://www.ztejas.com.

Brunch hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (Arboretum and Sixth Street). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays (Parmer Lane).

Prices: À la carte. Entrées $7.75-$11.95.

Highlights: Breakfast enchiladas with smoked chicken or barbacoa, chicken-and-potato hash, migas, pancakes, breakfast quesadilla.

Drink specials: $4 build your own Bloody Marys, mimosas, Bloody Marias or screwdrivers.

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“Picking just 10 stories for the year is no easy task in an economy that’s moving as quickly as Austin’s.

Overall, the news from 2013 was positive. The unemployment rate continued to drop. Companies are bringing jobs here fast enough to keep up with equally impressive population growth.

Of course, all of the population growth and rapid expansion have created problems. Traffic is tough, and the city is still a decade away from a solution. Project Connect made big strides, but a handful of transit activists have reminded everyone that the proposed plan wont breeze through a ballot election.

The city continues to tweak its rules and regulations to deal with new and expanded businesses. Some changes have been easy and others, such as a proposed change to the lucrative events business, have companies on edge. A similar plan to restructure Sixth Street’s infrastructure and remake the area has businesses wary.

No 1. National Instruments could get $1.7 million from Austin for major expansion: Austin’s continued growth led the blotter in 2013. Companies continued to move jobs to the Texas Capital. National Instruments’ 1,000 job announcement was the highlight of a year that included 879 new jobs at Flextronics. National Instruments announced it would add 1,000 workers, making it the largest expansion this year. The move also reminded Austinites that incentives aren’t just for California companies. National Instruments was started in 1976 and employs about 2,273 people in North Austin.
No 2. Google reveals high-speed Internet plan in Austin: High-speed Internet is coming to Austin in a big way – both AT&T’s U-verse GigaPower and Google Fiber are promising some of the fastest speeds in the nation. The installation has economic development officials excited and entrepreneurs contemplating what they can do with high speeds. But how will Austin’s business use their new bandwidth? Will the high speeds accelerate business growth in Austin? We’ll begin to see in 2014.
No 3. Austin’s business leaders speak out on urban rail: 2013 was a big year for urban rail news. Project Connect endorsed the Highland and East Riverside corridors and a specific route selection is in the works. Of course, none of that will matter if transit leaders can’t garner enough support to pass a ballot measure funding the project. Austin’s business heavyweights recognize the need for mass transit, but there are some high-profile holdouts among business owners and transit activists.
No 4. East Sixth Street overhaul plans coming together: The city of Austin is drawing up plans to renovate (or is it rehabilitate?) East Sixth Street. The street has been a sore spot for some in Austin who want to see the area cleaned up. But will doing so homogenize another weird part of Austin? Business owners called the work long overdue, but are worried about the effects of construction and have their own ideas about what the remodeled streets should look like.
No 5. X Games mark the spot — for money-making: Austin scored another high-profile event when ESPN announced it would host the 2014-2017 X Games in the Capital City. The games are expected to bring in more than $50 million in economic impact, but those numbers are broad estimates. Can this event add to Austin’s weird reputation, or will Austinites bemoan more national attention and traffic jams?
No 6. Marriott developer files suit against Austin over wage dispute: Austinites have always had some measure of discomfort about tax breaks going to developers and companies. Discontent over the city and state’s economic incentive policy boiled over when the city revoked $3.8 million in waivers granted to the J.W. Marriott developer. This dispute was one of the major reasons the city would later rewrite its incentive policy to require a companies to include living wages and prevailing wages to qualify for incentives deals. Best case scenario: this isn’t a big story in 2014. Worst case: the higher prices drive companies and developers from Austin.
No 7. Council sends controversial event ordinance back for more adjustments: Austin businesses see big returns from the city’s festivals and events, but there has been some clamoring for rewriting how the city regulates those events. The ordinance that went before City Council this year drew criticism from big and small events alike — and was promptly kicked back to next year. Meanwhile, event organizers, neighborhood groups and city code enforcement are trying to strike a balance with new rules that will affect every part of Austin’s lucrative festival culture.
No 8. ABIA flying high with news of London flights, more gates: So there is an “I” in ABIA after all. Austin–Bergstrom International Airport launched a major international flight directly to London Heathrow Airport. The flight is expected to have an economic impact of $69.7 million for the first year and grow to $74 million annually after three years. If successful, it could mean more international flights for ABIA, which has been steadily growing for years but still lacks a major international direct flight offering.
No 9. Residential tower on Lamar clears final zoning hurdle: Turns out it’s possible to build more dense development south of Lady Bird Lake — it just takes a long time. The 96-foot tall 211 Lamar residential building passed City Council after months of postponements and strong opposition from neighbors. Will the city continue to allow developers to ask for more density when it moves to 10-1? Or will the next City Council block efforts that have traditionally been granted? The answer to that question will have big impacts on affordability as well as Austin’s future identity.
No 10. Downtown Austin bike-share locations revealed: The city of Austin invested heavily and gave up vehicle right of way to make room for bike infrastructure in 2013. New and better bike lanes went in across town, often linked to new bus routes. The biggest change was a new bike share system launched 11 stations just before the year ended. But will Austin’s commuters and drivers put down their keys and reach for their helmets? It’s a big ask, and we’ll have a chance to see in 2014.

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710 Meriden A Front House, Martha Small Homes, Real Estate Austin Martha Small710 A Meriden- Martha Small Non MLS Listing

710 A Meriden – $549,000

  • Exceptional location in Deep Eddy only minutes to Downtown Austin and Zilker Park
  • 2BR, 2.5BA, 2LIV + 1DIN with covered porches
  • Open floor plan built by Eix & Blackwell in 2006
  • Tall ceilings, abundant windows and modern finishes
  • Many rooms pre wired for stereo and tv
  • Seasonal downtown views  from master and master deck
  • Entrance to one car garage off Hearn
  • HOA with next door unit only – very low costs
  • Casis, O Henry and S.F. Austin High Schools

Please contact me for showings and more information

Martha Small – 512-587-0308 – Martha@MarthaSmallHomes.com – MarthaSmallHomes.com

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1. Put on your most fabulous dress or bowtie and dine at one of downtown’s finest restaurants. We just love Roaring Fork, Uchi and Chez Nous…Word to the wise, just make sure you check if the restaurant has a set menu before making reservations, so there are no surprises on the bill or the taste buds.
2. Don’t forget about the kiddos! Austin’s New Year is a free event on Auditorium Shores. This alcohol-free family friendly festivity showcases Austin’s diverse artistic community through art, films and live music.  A few of the great Austin favorite bands and performers you might catch include Joe McDermott, Lavelle White, Nizami and Vitera!  This fun event ends with a fireworks finale right on Auditorium Shores, immediately after Carolyn Wonderland’s set on the mainstage.  Expect downtown road closures and a big crowd for this annual event.
3. Make sure to checkout Republic Live’s NYE 2012! It is Austin’s newest concert and event venue. It’s located in the warehouse district and holds 750+ people! There will be a massive balloon drop, confetti explosion, party favors and surprise performers. A great spot to checkout their killer sound and lighting systems with Top 40, Dance, and Hip Hop music.
4. Host a dinner party! Provide a fabulous four-course dinner or have everyone bring a dish. Perfect for those looking for a quieter evening…But still looking to party with friends. Need help planning *any time of the year*? The Simplifiers are always just a ring away at 512-695-7744!
5. Looking for something swanky to do?  Make it an all night affair and book a package with Intercontinental Hotel. “The package includes overnight accommodations and breakfast buffet for two each morning, as well as a reserved table for two for the New Years Eve Party in Stephen F’s Bar. The New Year’s Eve party, sponsored by Moët Hennessey and Louis Roederer Champagne, features live swinging prohibition era jazz by The Danielle Reich Trio, a cigar roller on the terrace hand rolling quality cigars to order, complimentary Moët ‘Imperial’ Brut Champagne and a New Year’s toast.  Classic cocktails, traditional balloon drop, special New Year’s small plate menu and hors d’oeuvres from Chef, Patrick Newman, will be offered for this end of year celebration (http://austin.intercontinental.com/specials.php).”
6. The Omni Hotel and Resort is throwing a Mediterranean New Year Party. Come dance until 3am with DJ Kamel who will be mixing top hits, Arabic and international music. Enjoy a three-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, hookah bar and a cash bar.
7. Looking for a relaxing New Year’s Eve getaway? Reserve a room at Lakeway Resort and Spa and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Travis Restaurant. Afterwards, join them in Josey’s at 8pm for a New Year’s Eve Party. “Andrea Marie and The Magnolia Band will provide entertainment from 9pm-1am.  Late night snacks and drink specials are available.  Complimentary glass of champagne to ring in 2012!”
8. In the mood for something luxurious and decadent? Enjoy your New Year’s Eve at The Driskill including a reception with passed Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine…A four-course dinner…Live music and dancing to The Original Recipe Band…Balloon drop and champagne toast…And party favors. PLUS enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in The Cattle Baron Suite!
9. Make it a night in with the family. Create memories with the kiddos or just you and your hubby. We know there are TONS of things to do in Austin…But it’s okay to stay in for a fabulous dinner at home complete with home movies and board games. Pop the bubbly at midnight and give your kiddos some sparkling grape juice. If you’re brave, give them little poppers to ring in the New Year!
10. And of course there is always 6th Street…But venture out only if you dare!
…plus, a bonus tip for the geek inside all of us:  Pinballz Arcade is having a NYE party from 9pm-2am, with free beer provided by Independence Brewery for those 21+.  They have over 200+ pinball machines, plus all the cool arcade games from your childhood to have you running around like a little schoolgirl with a red Dixie cup full of tokens and a smile.  Black Knight 2000, Twilight Zone, Theatre of Magic, oh my!!!  More details on their kickass shindig here!
Orginal Article By: Simplifiers
Martha Small Homes –  MarthaSmallHomes.com – 512-587-0308 – Martha@MarthaSmallHomes.com

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Austin is used to being named to nationwide lists as a great city to live. A Forbes columnist has placed Austin among the 10 up-and-coming global cities as the best incubators for entrepreneurs.

“The capital of Texas has been buzzing for a few years now … Big events like South by Southwest and the Film + Interactive Festival have fueled creativity and start-up activity,” the article by Patrick Hull said in its praise of Austin.

Austin is among three U.S. cities mentioned as new global entrepreneur hotspots, including Richmond, Va., and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

As for the other entrepreneur engineds, Forbes mentions two cities are in South America, two in the Far East and two others, surprisingly, in former East Bloc countries: Moscow and Kiev, Ukraine. Sydney, Australia rounds out the list.

The University of Texas at Austin recently made a list of the best schools for entrepreneurs.

In an exclusive article for subscribers, Austin Business Journal recently published a report on how a number of business incubators are becoming the engine for entrepreneurial growth in the region. Not a subscriber? Follow this link to sign up for four free issues of ABJ.

Orginal Article By: Greg Barr with Austin Bussiness Journal


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Though the weather hasn’t caught up…it is fall y’all. Stumbled across this list of fun things to do in central Texas this fall – check a few off the list.

We may not have hit the cooler temperatures that traditionally come with fall, but that shouldn’t stop you from all of the fun things there are to do here in Austin!!

Here are 25 Things to Do in Central Texas this Fall (2013)

Austin Museum Day – September 22 – The Austin Museum Partnership hosts a day of free admission to over 40 participating institutions. Check out the details here.

Barton Hills Farm – Saturdays & Sundays September 28 – November 10 We went last year to this amazing farm and enjoyed racing through the HUGE corn maze, playing lawn games, and listening to live music.

Take a Train Ride – Weekends – From the miniature ones on the Cedar Rock Railroad, Zilker Zephyr, Austin Zoo, or ride the real thing with the Austin Steam Train Association.

Les Miserables at ZACH Theatre – September 25 – November 3 – Yes, the movie was good, but not as good as seeing & hearing Do You Hear the People Sing? live. Click here for tickets.

Breakfast at the Movies – Saturdays & Sundays – Flix Brewhouse up in Round Rock offers a breakfast menu for the first few movies of the day – what a fun way to start – PJs, Pancakes, and a fun flick!

Old Pecan Street Festival – September 28 & 29 – Head on out to the largest arts & crafts festival in Central Texas. Free admission, festival includes vendors, music, food, & fun.

Spend an evening out in Walburg – Weekends – Have some schnitzel with your Spaten by celebrating Oktoberfest at Walburg’s gorgeous Biergarten. They have some pretty great music too.

Sound & Cinema at the Long Center – October 2 – The last Sound & Cinema of the season is going to be totally tubular with an 80’s party featuring Top Gun Sing & Quote-along.

Round Rock Chalk Walk – October 4 & 5 – The streets of downtown Round Rock are turned into an Italian street painting festival where everyone is encouraged to create a chalk drawing for free. Other activities, live music and food are offered at this annual event as well.

Sweetberry Farm – Daily except Wednesdays – One of our favorite Central Texas Farms, Sweetberry features pumpkins, corn mazes, farm animals, rides, flower-picking, and more.

Oktoberfest in Fredricksburg – October 4 – 6 – Chicken Dance down Main Street at Oktoberfest – Tons of family activities and lots of great food.

Boo at the Zoo – October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 – The Austin Zoo’s annual fundraiser features a unique way to see the animals – at night. They also have a haunted train ride that is way fun!

“Superheroes” with the Austin Symphony – October 18 – What could be better than iconic pop music from your favorite superhero film & tv shows?? Hearing it live!

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures – Daily – Fall is the perfect time to enjoy Texas’ longest zip lines over the beautiful Lake Travis. The hike is scenic (and at times hard), but the hosts are funny and the views are amazing. Click here to learn more.

Texas Book Festival – October 26 & 27 A FREE family fun event featuring literary sessions, book signings, music, crafts, and more on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

New Braunfels’ WurstFest – November 1 – 10 – Enjoy the best sausage in Texas at this year’s WurstFest in New Braunfels, TX Fun for all ages!

Race at K1 Speed – Daily – Getting ready for Formula One in November? Test your ability to race at K1 Speed, Austin’s premier indoor karting experience.

Touch-A-Truck – November 2 – Bring the kids to see and “touch” over 30 different vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances. This annual event is held at Gorgeous Mille and benefits the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Austin Celtic Festival – November 2 & 3- Join this 18th annual festival for food, dance, sports, music and more!

Austin Insect Rodeo – November 9 – The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum hosts an insect rodeo – yep, just like it sounds. And don’t forget, on the first Saturday of each month, they have FREE admission between 2-6 p.m.

iFly Austin – Daily – There is no better time to learn how to fly….feel the sensation of jumping out of an airplane, without the fear of jumping out of an airplane. Serious fun – here’s my experience.

Austin Chocolate Festival – November 16 & 17 – A festival completely dedicated to chocolate? Say no more! This event helps raise awareness & money for Multiple Sclerosis and Breast Cancer and features competitions and vendors.

Homeslices’s Carnival O’ Pizza – November 16 – In honor of Homeslice’s birthday, this carnival is full of games, pizza-dough slinging contests, pizza eating contests, and lots of fun – all benefitting the Austin Bat Cave (a free writing program for kids).

Thundercloud Sub’s Turkey Trot – November 28 – Benefitting the Caritas of Austin, what better way to burn off that turkey and spend time with family than a fun run?? Click here to register.

Enjoy Austin in the Fall! – Daily – Now that the weather has cooled down a bit, take advantage of all the great outdoor fun we have – Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
•Climb to the top of Mt. Bonnell
•Enjoy a day at Zilker Park- Austin Nature & Science Center, ride the Zilker Zephyer, canoe around Town Lake
•Take a leisurely walk around the grounds of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
•Learn how to Geocache
•Do a Hill Country day trip out to Inks Lake State Park or Enchanted Rock
•Go back in time with an afternoon spent at Pioneer Farms
•Or go wayyyy back to the Prehistoric times at Dinosaur Park

Happy Fall Y’all!

Original article by Rebecca Darling
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145 acres of untouched land in West Austin has hit the market


One of the last large undeveloped tracts on Shepherd Mountain overlooking Lake Austin is being marketed nationwide — the first time the property has been for sale in 26 years.

The exclusive listing for the 145 acres, which are being billed as an unprecedented offering of pristine land in West Austin. Perched on a bluff near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 and Courtyard Drive, the prime property with breathtaking views has been coveted for years by many a developer. But the answer from the owner has been the same time after time for the last two decades: the land isn’t for sale.

Until now.

A preliminary plat is in place for 70 residential lots, The site is near “high-end residential neighborhoods and and home to executive decision makers, upper level managers, and allows easy access to major Austin thoroughfares,” it states.

“There are significant barriers to entry for development in West Austin, with land use restrictions in place along Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and RR 2222 to preserve the environment and Hill Country terrain. Much of the land is permanently preserved, including the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, Wild Basin Preserve and the Bull Creek Watershed.”

Most of the land is in the Lake Austin watershed, with a small portion in the Coldwater Creek watershed, according to the offering.

Orginal article by: By Shonda Novak

American-Statesman Staff

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2112 Indian TrailReduced to $650,000

Open Sunday, August 31 from 2:00-4:00 PM

and Saturday, September 31st from 1:00-3:00 PM

Charming, updated 3 bedroom Tarrytown home located on a fantastic street. Flexible floorplan, 2nd living area/ den, spacious back patio & yard for entertaining. Open kitchen, gas 5 top burner, Marble countertops, breakfast bar, Stainless Steel appliances included. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout. Separate laundry room. Plantation shutters. Spacious bedrooms, walk-in closet in master with built-in dresser.

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1920 W 40th Street- Reduced to $525,000

Open Saturday, August 31st from 1:00-4:00 PM

and Sunday, September 1st from 1:00-4:00 PM

Highly coveted Oakmont Heights home with original charm and expanded for today’s homeowner. Original, refinished hardwood floors. Master suite added with en suite bath and three large walk-in closets. Private back yard with mature landscaping & space for a raised vegetable garden. Formal dining room could serve as a playroom if need be.

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