Editor's note: As we continue to navigate this new normal, the editorial team at CultureMap is dedicated to keeping you informed in the same ways we always have.
Our focus is still on news that impacts local culture, including bars, restaurants, the arts, and entertainment. But with so many of those industries grinding to a halt, we're tasked with reimagining some weekly columns, such as our Thursday weekend events roundup, while keeping others the same to inspire some sense of normalcy. Such is the case with our popular stories, a roundup of the past week's most popular stories — and a column we have done 52 weeks a year for nearly a decade.
As Austin moves into an unknown future, CultureMap is still here with you, telling stories that matter. And now, our most popular stories this week.
1. Long-running North Austin burger restaurant turns off the grill after 50 years. Burger Tex, a nearly 50-year fixture in the North Loop neighborhood famed for its bulgogi burgers, closed March 6. Though the owners had planned a goodbye party for regulars, that was canceled due to COVID-19.
2. Stunning West Austin mansion that inspired literary legend books $4 million price. Amid the coronavirus panic, this story offered a much-needed (and quite beautiful) reprieve.
3. All Austin restaurants rolling out delivery, to-go, or closing temporarily. Our constantly updated list of local restaurants offering curbside and to-go options. Bookmark it, share it, keep these businesses afloat.
4. H-E-B asks customers across Texas to halt ‘panic’ purchases spurred by coronavirus. As worried shoppers flock to H-E-B grocery stores, the retailer is urging calm amid the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
5. Austin closes all restaurants and bars, bans groups bigger than 10 to curb COVID-19. It's a bitter irony that in times like these we can't do the one thing that might help ease the anxiety and dread: be together. The city decided to close all restaurants and bars, effective at noon on March 17. The state followed on March 19.