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Texas' oldest barbecue joint reveals opening date for Austin, plus more popular stories

Texas' oldest barbecue joint opening in Austin, plus more top stories

Southside Market & BBQ
Southside has an opening date for its Austin outpost. Photo courtesy of Southside Market & BBQ

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1. Oldest barbecue joint in Texas reveals opening date for first Austin location.  Soon, Austinites won't have to travel to get to this Texas treasure. Elgin's Southside Market & BBQ, which carries the distinct superlative of being the oldest barbecue spot in the state, is opening an outpost in the Shops at Arbor Walk in the first half of 2020.

2. One-of-a-kind private resort on Lake Travis could be yours for $16.9 million. Have you ever dreamed of a living on a private lakeside retreat complete with a multimillion-dollar boathouse and multiple pools? No? Well you should. And now, for just $16.9 million, you can.

3. Popular South Austin tapas bar closes for good as acclaimed Mexican restaurant moves in. This South Austin spot it tapas-ing out. (Forgive me.) But it's not all bad news. El Naranjo, the unexpected restaurant that's been delighting Rainey Street diners for years, announced plans for the spot. 

4. TxDOT green lights new lanes on I-35 through downtown Austin. They're not toll lanes or even protected lanes. Instead, I-35's newest thoroughfares will be called "managed lanes." It's a bit unclear what that means, but they will be a different color so...

5. Home prices in this Austin ZIP code have more than tripled since 2011. In what will be news to absolutely no one, real estate prices have been, are, and will continue to rise. Dismissing these rising costs is easy until you read a story like this. In just eight years, residents of one East Austin ZIP have seen their home prices soar, along with property taxes and other costs.