Editor's note: What a week, huh? Let's celebrate another weekend by checking in with CultureMap's five most popular stories. From closures (oh, the closures) to opulent new hotels, here's what captured our attention this week.
1. H-E-B's massive new Tarrytown store fires up barbecue restaurant and full bar. Tarrytown is getting a big ol' upgrade. Last week, H-E-B announced that it is not only opening a massive, two-story store on Exposition Boulevard, but a barbecue restaurant and full bar as well. Who says grocery shopping is a chore?
2. New owners plant seeds to save East Austin's classic 24-hour cafe. Star Seeds, the classic east side diner, has been around since the '70s ... or maybe the '80s, depending on the person being asked. Like many Austin icons, Star Seeds is being threatened by rising costs. Luckily, Shannon Sedwick and Michael Shelton, co-owners or Esther’s Follies, have stepped in to save the 24-hour cafe.
3. North Austin location of popular local pizzeria quietly serves last slice. Rarely does a week go by without an Austin restaurant closing. This time it's East Side Pies, the local mini-chain famous for dishing out its thin-crust pizza. The company quietly closed its North Austin location in August.
4. Austin's most anticipated hotel za-za-zooms into downtown with rooftop bar. This lavish downtown Austin hotel may have missed its original opening date by, like, four years, but the wait is finally over. The 159-room Hotel ZaZa Austin offers a restaurant, craft cocktail bar, rooftop pool and bar, a decadent spa, and much more.
5. The Sandlot cast strikes into Austin with special screening and reunion event. The Sandlot gang is back, and they're coming to Austin. The Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow revealed details for its next event, which is sure to be a home-run hit with fans of the beloved baseball movie.