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Hot happy hours, buzzworthy new trail and more of the week’s top stories

Hot new happy hours and more of the week's top stories

Alcomar Mariscos y Mas Austin restaurant seafood oysters 2015
Fresh seafood, farm-to-table and authentic Italian restaurants shine through at Austin's newest happy hours. Alcomar/Facebook
Violet Crown Trail first segment Texas Conservation Corps
The first six-mile leg of the Violet Crown Trail opened August 14. Texas Conservation Corps/Flickr
Yard Bar Austin restaurant outside eat Burnet Road
Yard Bar is now open to pups and people, offering a full bar plus 20,000 square feet dedicated to an off-leash dog park.   Yard Bar/Facebook
Mod Pizza pizza on platters
MOD Pizza expands to a fourth Austin location with customizable, "Made on Demand" 11-inch pizzas. Mod Pizza/Facebook
Lone Star Court Hotel Domain Austin
Austin's many culinary staycations are perfect for delicious last-minute getaways. Lone Star Court/Facebook
Alcomar Mariscos y Mas Austin restaurant seafood oysters 2015
Violet Crown Trail first segment Texas Conservation Corps
Yard Bar Austin restaurant outside eat Burnet Road
Mod Pizza pizza on platters
Lone Star Court Hotel Domain Austin

Editor's note: New buzzworthy happy hours and the inauguration of Violet Crown Trail lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's most-read headlines. 

1. We've rounded up Austin’s hottest new happy hours for cheap drinks and eats. 

2. Austin’s new Violet Crown Trail opened to the public on Friday.

3. A hotly anticipated dog park and bar is now open on Burnet Road. 

4. The "Chipotle of pizza" continues rapid expansion with plans for an east side joint. 

5. The best culinary staycations in Austin: Here's where to eat and drink when you want to escape.