Editor's note: It's that time again — time to to check in with our top stories of the week. From a mixed-use development breaking ground in North Austin to yet another sad Austin restaurant shutter, here are the five stories that captured Austin's attention over the past seven days.
1. Massive 6 million-square-foot development breaking ground in North Austin neighborhood. They're calling it "Austin's second downtown." This week, the developers release a timeline for the Broadmoor development, a gigantic project located on Burnet Road across from the Domain. Construction begins in mid-2020 and should wrap up in, you know, 2036.
2. Troubled Lamar Union loses yet another restaurant and more Austin food news. It's been a revolving door of restaurant and bar concepts at this South Lamar development, which is anchored by the Alamo Drafthouse Lamar. The latest is Juice Society, a locally own shop specializing in pressed juices and Instagrammable plant walls. Fans of the tinctures will be happy to know the company is still working on retail partnerships, meaning the juice will still be found around town.
3. Pioneering Mexican restaurant shutters flagship downtown Austin location. El Naranjo, a hidden treasure in a city where everyone is always looking for the next big thing, has decided to close its flagship Rainey Street location. Instead, the celebrated team will focus on its new location on South Lamar Boulevard.
4. Car2Go is backing out of Austin as crippling mobility issues continue. The days of being able to rent a Mercedes-Benz for $6 are numbered. Last week, Car2Go announced it was driving out of Austin along with a handful of other North American cities.
5. Trendy Dallas taco chain rolls into historic downtown Austin high-rise. Dallas export Velvet Taco is growing its Austin presence. Recently the chain announced it was opening its second Austin location in the 119-year-old Scarborough Building in downtown.