This week's hot headlines
Drinks for Dry January top off this week's 5 most-read Austin stories
Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.
1. Stay sober, not somber, this Dry January in Austin with 11 non-alcoholic alternatives. "Dry January" is one of the most popular January challenges, where folks choose to spend their first 31 days of the new year without any alcohol. Whether it's your first year trying Dry January or your fifth, here are 11 ways to stick to your alcohol-free goals around Austin.
2. Bakery shrinkage and a pizza rally top Austin's 10 tastiest bites of restaurant news. The Austin restaurant scene does not really care that it's a new year. Sorry. It's chaos as always — restaurants opening and closing, asking for help, and teaming up together. Here are the latest dining developments.
3. Jolly Austin community listed among top 30 friendliest American neighborhoods.Homebuyers and families yearn for tight-knit communities with neighbors that will look out for each other, and one Austin-area neighborhood is going above and beyond to fulfill that role: the friendly neighborhood of Jollyville. A new report named the locale the No. 29 most friendly American neighborhood.
4. New French bakery and seasonal snacks top Austin's 7 tastiest bites of food news. Recently, restaurants took a short winter's nap. But things got back in action at the beginning of the year, and there was only one thing to do — go out and taste it.
5. Austin Humane Society takes in 13 chihuahua mixes from single property. The Austin Humane Society (AHS) assisted in a rescue effort involving more than 50 dogs living on a single property in Comanche County, about two-and-a-half hours northwest of Austin, on Sunday, January 7. AHS says that in a coordinated rescue with other animal welfare groups, it transferred 13 chihuahua mixes to its shelter Sunday afternoon.