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Hidden Austin parks, celeb chef's hip new spot, and more hot headlines

Hidden Austin parks, celeb chef's hip new spot, and more hot headlines

Mayfield Park Austin peacock
Descendants of the original peacocks still roam Mayfield Park. Mayfield Park/Facebook

Editor's note: When you think about it, two of the things Austinites love most are being outdoors and food (and dogs and queso and music, but I digress.) This week we did both when we discovered some of our favorite hidden parks, uncovered our new favorite croissant (hello, Sour Duck!), and said goodbye to a local wine bar. Read on to find out what else we learned this week.

1. 6 hidden Austin pocket parks and secret greenbelts to discover. Austin's urban tapestry is knitted together with little greenbelts and pocket parks just ready to be uncovered. Here are a few we love.

2. Waller Creek will transform into Austin's 'Central Park' under ambitious $355 million plan. The mayor reignited interest in Waller Creek's multimillion-dollar project when he glowingly compared it to "Austin's Central Park." Here's an update on where the project is now.

3. South Austin neighborhood wine bar shutters and coastal Italian restaurant surges in. One day you're in, the next day you're out. At least that's the story behind this South Austin wine bar turned Italian restaurant. 

4. Fight brews between popular local beer company and Austin City Limits Music Fest. Like everything these days, this story began with a tweet and ended ... well, that was kind of the whole story.

5. Celebrity chef's anticipated East Austin restaurant and bakery just quietly opened. Sour Duck Market, chef Bryce Gilmore's anticipated restaurant/bakery/grab-and-go market/to-go spot/beer counter/bar is now open. (Insider tip: The croissants and onion danish are to die for.)