Editor's note: It's that time again — time to check in with our top stories. We are continuing to cover Austin amid the COVID-19 crisis and share stories of how this is changing lives across the region. Here are the stories that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.
1. Austin Parks adds new restrictions to hike-and-bike trail to combat COVID-19. The city has announced even mores changes for the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Visitors are now being asked to travel one way around the trail, and parking restrictions have been placed at parks across the city, including Zilker.
2. 2 Austin restaurants nab sweet grants to take sting out of COVID-19. Two local restaurants are getting a financial lifeline thanks to Austin-based Bumble. Each locally owned restaurant will receive $5,000 to help get it through this unprecedented shutdown due to COVID-19.
3. H-E-B adds to-go meals from 2 popular Austin restaurants during COVID-19 crisis. To the delight of everyone, H-E-B announced last week it is now selling meals from Fresa's Chicken al Carbon. This week, it's adding to-go options from two more popular Austin restaurants.
4. Multimillion-dollar downtown Austin condo with sky-high views heads to auction block. A condo on the 32nd floor of The Austonian is going on the auction block this summer with no minimum bid. (Though the price will still likely hit over $3 million.)
5. Austin real estate market bucks nationwide downturn caused by COVID-19. Real estate outlooks across the country are looking bleak the longer the coronavirus crisis goes on. But not in Austin. Nope, not here.