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Austin gay bar roars into prime downtown location, plus more popular stories

Austin gay bar roars into new location, plus more popular stories

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The Iron Bear is on the move. Courtesy of Iron Bear

Editor's note: It's that time again — time to check in with our top stories of the week. From a beloved downtown gay bar on the move to a shocking prediction about the city's red-hot real estate, here are the five stories that captured Austin's attention over the past seven days.

1. Popular gay dive bar roars into prime new downtown Austin space. The Iron Bear, one of Austin's most popular gay bars, is losing its lease. Luckily, the bar snatched up a prime piece of property just a few blocks away. The new location will not only allow the Iron Bear to start serving food, it will also be closer to the Warehouse District and Austin's row of LGBTQ+ bars on Fourth Street.

2. North Austin hooks first local outpost of Cajun seafood chain. A New York chain specializing in Louisiana-style seafood is coming to Austin. (We're confused, too.)  Hook and Reel Cajun Seafood & Bar will opens it's first local restaurant in North Austin next year. 

3. New 150-room Wyndham hotel crops up on charming Texas Hill Country winery. The Baxter family, owners of Fiesta Winery, is building a 150-room hotel on its property, located just outside of Fredericksburg's charming downtown. Among the new features of the Wyndham will be a meeting space and, of course, a tasting room.

4. Famed downtown Austin property plucked by Nashville company in $275 million deal. The owners of Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium are adding another hallowed music hall to its portfolio: ACL Live at the Moody Theater. Last week, Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc. finalized the deal to buy Block 21 in downtown, the same block that houses W Austin.

5. Austin single-family home prices to decline next year, predicts new report. Homebuyers in the Austin metro area maybe getting some relief in 2020. (Operative word ... maybe.) Realtor.com made a surprising prediction about Austin's home prices next year — though not everyone agrees.