Editor's note: This week we learned two popular spots — It’s About Thyme Garden Center and Springdale Farm — will both be turning into mixed-use developments. We also learned that United Airlines is attempting a "trendy" new menu that sounds like it may have been inspired by someone from their marketing team spending a long weekend in Austin. Read on to find out what else had people talking.
1. Longtime South Austin garden shop uprooted for new condo development. After 40 years, It’s About Thyme Garden Center is shuttering, despite having one its best years ever in sales. The story is one familiar to Austinites: the land has been sold to a developer and will be turned into a mixed-use development.
2. Central Texas town hosts most unambitious race ever and dashes into viral sensation. Boerne, Texas, has been in the national spotlight all week after its completely unambitious 0.5K race went viral. This hilarious event (there's a doughnut and coffee stop halfway through the 500-yard marathon) isn't just for kicks — it's also for a good cause.
3. United Airlines adds 'trendy' Austin-inspired breakfast tacos to new in-flight menu. It took United a year (!!) to develop a breakfast taco recipe for their new in-flight menu. Other additions include a barbecue sandwich, craft beers, and an Old Fashioned. What's next, United? Three different kinds of sparkling water?
4. Criminal charges against Austin chef Paul Qui have been dismissed. Two years after celebrity chef Paul Qui was arrested for alleged domestic assault, the charges were dropped.
5. Popular East Austin urban farm and restaurant preserved in Springdale mixed-use development. Hearts were broken when Springdale Farm announced in January that it was shuttering. Now, chef Sonya Cote is trying to give new life to her popular restaurant Eden East, which sits on the property, as a mixed-use development moves in.