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East Austin piñata store blames gentrification for closure, plus more popular stories

East Austin piñata store blames gentrification for closure, plus more

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The original Jumpolin was demolished in 2015. Jumpolin/Facebook

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to check in with our top stories of the week. From the controversial closing of an East Austin piñata store to the best local restaurants for healthy dishes, these are the stories that captured Austin's attention over the past seven days.

1. East Austin piñata store closes 5 years after igniting citywide gentrification debate. Five years ago, the city was gripped by the story of Jumpolin, an east side piñata store that was demolished without warning. The shop eventually relocated, but this week, the owners announced the business was closing for good. In their thoughtful letter, the Lejarazu family said the neighborhood's rapid gentrification was the reason behind the shutter.

2. Condé Nast Traveler cooks up list of Austin's 11 best barbecue joints. Queso, margaritas, breakfast tacos, barbecue. Austinites have strong opinions about all of these things, but a new list from Conde Nast Traveler surprised us with its picks, which are a savvy mix of old staples and innovative pitmasters. 

3. Where to eat in Austin right now: 7 delicious restaurants for healthy fare. It's January, the traditional month to drink less, exercise more, and eat better. Balancing nutrition with flavor, these Austin spots offer easy ways to keep your goals all year long.

4. SXSW 2020 announces on-sale date for exclusive Austin-only wristbands. SXSW announced the release of the locals-only wristbands, passes available only for residents of certain area ZIP codes. The bands, priced at $149, are still available as of press time.

5. Glenn Beck slashes price of his Texas mansion to less than $5 million. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck is selling his Texas mansion for $4.95 million. “I am putting my home up for sale because I fear this economy,” Beck said. Okay, then.