South Congress shutter and major development lead the week's top stories
Editor's note: Upcoming restaurant closure and Austin's own Pike Place lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's most popular headlines.
1. Favorite South Congress restaurant announces closing date. Austin is losing one of its kitschiest dining destinations. South Congress staple Snack Bar will close at the end of October, according to a letter posted to the restaurant's website on Tuesday.
2. Developers unveil updated plans for Austin's massive public marketplace. It's been almost a year since initial plans for a massive South Austin marketplace akin to Pike's Place were revealed. And after some shuffling, the developers of Saint Elmo Market District have closed on the land and are ready to move forward.
3. Southwest's big sale connects Austin to 26 destinations for under $200. Flying out of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just became much cheaper. Southwest Airlines’ nationwide fare sale offers decreased, one-way tickets to 26 destinations, with five flights costing less than $100.
4. Fixer Upper star wants to tell the story you don’t get on the HGTV show. What was once a drive-through town on the way to Austin has become the nation’s epicenter of home renovations. And carpenter Clint Harp has seen the whole story unfold from the inside.
5. New study declares Austin the second-best city for liberals to live. Austin has long been considered the lone blue dot in the middle of a sea of Texas red when it comes to politics. And now our fair city ranks as one of the top spots for liberals to live in the country: No. 2 in the United States and No. 1 in Texas.