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Austin's boomtown economy, celeb chef's sad shutter, and more top stories

Austin's boomtown economy, celeb chef's sad shutter, and more stories

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Editor's note: The weekend before the Fourth of July always guarantees two things: backyard barbecues and being forced to make small talk at backyard barbecues. Since the news is completely off limits and only half the country has finished The Staircase, it's best to limit the discussion to our top stories. Read on to find out the buzziest things that happened in Austin this week.

1. Booming Austin topples rest of Texas to become a top economic powerhouse in U.S. Maybe someone should change those Tyler's T-shirts to "Keep Austin Booming." According to a new study, Austin's economy not only dominates every city in Texas, it's nearly the best in the country. 

2. Celebrity chef's downtown restaurant latest victim in Austin's summer of shutters. Austin's summer wave of restaurant shutters rolls on. This spot, a favorite of brunch-goers and tourists alike, left a "sear-ing" hole in downtown's Warehouse District when it shuttered on June 24. 

3. H-E-B unrolls its first-ever taco shop to delight of Texans everywhere. They say don't go to bed angry and don't go grocery shopping hungry. Luckily, H-E-B is making sure the latter is never a problem again with the opening of its first-ever taco cafe. 

4. Domain Northside issues apology after controversial brochure spurs backlash. The Domain Northside (which we all learned this week is not the Domain) was blasted on social media this week after a marketing brochure listed the "quintessential" Domain Northside shopper as "classy, trendy, well-heeled woman between 30 and 60 years old” who most likely identifies as “Anglo, Jewish, or Asian." 

5. Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle surprises Austin with last-minute show. In true Chappelle style, the comedian announced he was performing in Austin ... the day before he performed. Only a handful of Austinites scored tickets to the Stateside Theatre performance, but those who did were treated to more than two hours of stand-up.