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H-E-B's swanky new East Austin hub, plus this week's most popular stories

H-E-B's swanky East Austin hub, plus this week's most popular stories

Eastside HEB Tech Hub
H-E-B is ringing up new digs on the east side. Rendering courtesy of H-E-B

Editor's note: Based on this week's top stories, one thing is clear — Austin loves H-E-B. Read on to see what else captured readers' attention over the past seven days.

1. H-E-B opens massive East Austin hub with wellness center, cafe, and more perks. H-E-B made a big investment in the Austin with the opening of a massive, 81,000-square-foot technology and office hub on the east side. The new digs come with an open-concept plan, more than 40 meeting rooms, a cafe, and daily shuttle service to the company's San Antonio headquarters. 

2. Local Southern restaurant shutters, Snap Kitchen goes national, and more Austin food news. Not to be callous, but sometimes it seems the only thing that Austin loves more than H-E-B is a restaurant shutter. Last week, Steiner Ranch's Poppy’s Southern Recipes announced it was closing due to an unforeseen medical crisis. No doubt West Austinites will miss the gumbo, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

3. Ramen Tatsu-Ya's anticipated new restaurant dips into Burnet Road this week. Though it's only June, we are declaring this spot the best named restaurant for 2019. DipDipDip Tatsu-ya serves up shabu-shabu (a kind of cooking technique) that is DeliciousDeliciousDelicious. First day of service was June 27, so if you have plans to drop in this weekend, be prepared for a wait.

4. Ford drives into town with new plan to ease Austin's terrible traffic. Ford (as in the car maker) wants Austinites (as in you) to pitch ideas on how to ease Austin's no good, very bad traffic. The winner could walk away with $100,000 to implement their idea.

5. New Austin makers market and food truck transform abandoned downtown gas station. Austin's newest makers market is taking over an old gas station near The Tavern parking lot. Shop locally made goods, grab bites from the market food truck, and revel in the beauty of urban renewal.