Austin's secret light rail plan, ruined V-Day dinners, and more hot headlines
Editor's note: The time has come to once again round up Austin's most-read stories of the week. There was good news (bagel sandwiches, conversations about mass transit), and there was bad news (one couple had to eat Valentine's Day dinner at Chili's). As we head into another weekend, let's reminisce on the week's hottest headlines.
1. Sudden restaurant closure at troubled Lamar Union leaves V-Day customers brokenhearted. Imagine this: It's mere hours before your Valentine's Day dinner reservation when you suddenly get a text that the restaurant is closed indefinitely. What do you do? Well, to be honest, Austinites are fairly laid-back, so probably not that much. But some outraged patrons took to Yelp to air their grievances and tell their tales of woe, including one person who was forced to spend Valentine's Day at Chili's.
2. Sneak a peek at CapMetro's secret plan for a new Austin light rail. Not since Watergate has such a crazy story of intrigue been told. Okay, that's hyperbolic, but when a transit activist tweeted three pages of a secret CapMetro light rail plan, Austin audiences couldn't get enough of the news.
3. New shop brings authentic New York-style bagels to Central Austin. All East Coast transplants like to complain about Austin's lack of decent bagels (and pizza and mass transit and fall foliage), but a former Long Island couple is actually doing something about it. Using a family recipe and dough flown in weekly from New York, Austin's newest bagel shop may finally give breakfast tacos a run for their money. (Just kidding, that will never happen.)
4. Lower-price Whole Foods Market to open first store in East Austin. East Austin's Plaza Saltillo development is getting a Whole Foods 365, a lower-cost alternative to the homegrown chain.
5. Budget airline books 2 more nonstop flights from Austin airport. Getting to Little Rock and Oklahoma City just got a little easier. ViaAir announced two new direct flights from ABIA beginning this spring.