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New Southside BBQ and Market Hutto Location Opens

By Round the Rock

Follow The Smoke to Southside BBQ and Market’s Brand New Hutto Location 

Locally owned Southside Market is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas selling authentic Central Texas barbeque and just opened its forth location in Hutto located in the new 35-acre Co-Op District.

A Texan’s love for authentic Texas BBQ is undeniable and now we are lucky to have one of our most beloved BBQ joints within a short driving distance from Round Rock.

Southside Market, which originated in downtown Elgin, TX, in 1882, is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas selling authentic Central Texas barbeque for meat-lovers who value quality. The Hutto location features an outdoor patio, a drive-thru for easy ordering on-the-go, and offers Southside’s premium seasoning blends, smoked meats, sauces, and more for sale. Whether you’re a local, passing through, or looking to take a road trip to enjoy real Texas BBQ, the Hutto location is a must-visit stop in Central Texas.=

Southside BBQ and Market Hutto: History 

Owned by third-generation Pitmaster Bryan Bracewell and his wife Rachel, this iconic restaurant brand has grown over the past 137 years from a one-man butcher shop to its current status as a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest sausage and smoked meats that Texas has to offer.

Southside Market’s history in the barbeque industry dates back to 1882 when original founder William Moon began selling meat in Elgin by wagonload. At the end of each day, he’d take whatever was left and make smoked sausage and barbeque to avoid spoilage, as in that era there was no refrigeration.

Four years later, he opened up a storefront on what was then known as South Street, and the legend began. Bracewell’s grandfather, who called on the store as a salesman at the time, decided to buy the business in 1968, and the family has carried on the rich tradition of exceptional sausage and barbeque following the same authentic methods of smoking low and slow over real Texas post oak wood, since 1882.

Southside BBQ and Market Hutto:A Perfect Fit

The developers of the mixed use Co-Op District believe that Southside Market is a perfect match with this locally owned Texas business and excited to have the restaurant in Hutto. Brian and Rachel are so thankful to be included in this community. The District offers a big-city experience with a small-town quality of life and feel that this is a natural fit for both.

The Co-Op is a new master planned mixed-use lifestyle development and a unique entertainment destination. Situated on 35 acres adjacent to historic Downtown Hutto, the development integrates Hutto’s past with its future. The renovated cotton gin building and original cotton silos add to the historic aesthetic of the site.

Top notch customer service, company culture, impeccable quality of the sausages and BBQ are the keys to their long-lasting success. The pay off is that we get to experience real Texas BBQ in a comfortable family-style atmosphere that will keep you coming back.

Recently, I got a behind-the-scenes look at what keeps people coming to make this one of the most successful local eating establishments around. Brian (owner) and Robert Wells (GM for Southside) demonstrated how the massive smokers operate.

Just about every meat imaginable is slow-smoked to perfection with post oak wood around the clock to assure that they don’t run out of your favorite bbq, and I really like that!   Everything you eat there is cooked on site. They refuse to take any shortcuts.

Everyday from open to close – seven days a week- you can choose mouthwatering choices of brisket, chicken, pork ribs, lamb ribs, pork steak and a variety of sausages.

Southside BBQ and Market Hutto: You will never go hungry eating here!

The sweet aromas of smoke met me at the door and instantly had my mouth watering in anticipation of authentic Texas BBQ.

Southside Market Hutto location will serve the same beloved menu as the Elgin, Bastrop, and Austin locations of BBQ-by-the-half pound, including the famous Original Beef Sausage, USDA Prime brisket, chopped beef, jalapeño cheddar sausage, chicken, pork, ribs, and more. Sandwiches, salads, a loaded chopped brisket baked potato, and sides, including coleslaw, beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, and mac & cheese, are available on the lunch and dinner menu.

Larger family-style meals are also available and the restaurant offers a variety of catering packages. Guests are invited to end their meal with a sweet treat from a selection of homemade cobblers, banana pudding, or a hand-dipped ice cream cone.

A real Texas BBQ Feast!

Get your fill of Texas BBQ by the plate or tray. The meat choices are almost endless and are rounded out by the most fresh and well-seasoned sides I’ve had in a long time. You could make a meal just on these alone!

At our dining experience, the motto was go big or go home. We wanted to sample everything so we did! I can’t say enough how much we enjoyed each bite of succulent, smoked to perfection meat. Oh,the brisket, chicken, pork and lamb ribs hit the spot!

And, those Sausage Slammers with spicy jalapenos and melted cheese are so addictive!

Safe Covid Practices

Southside Market has a large patio and also a drive-thru for easy pick up and they are adhering to COVID safe practices.

Southside Market & Barbeque  offers dining at 75% capacity to adhere to CDC recommended guidelines for restaurants during this time. In addition to their 2,131 square-foot indoor dining area that can seat 106 people at 75% capacity, the Hutto location offers a spacious 733 square-foot outdoor patio for dining that can seat 36 people at this capacity. The restaurant offers 94 parking spaces and will employ 50 people.

Customers are required to wear face masks when not eating and restaurant spacing has been adjusted to ensure 6 feet of separation between dining parties. Southside Market & Barbeque is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on Southside Market & Barbeque and available menus, please visit https://www.southsidemarket.com/ and follow along on social media at @southsidebbq

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Texas Sausage Restaurant Southside Market Opens in Hutto

By Eater Austin

Barbecue Restaurant Expansion
Elgin barbecue restaurant Southside Market & Barbeque opened its fourth location in Hutto last week on October 15. The 106 Co-op Boulevard restaurant, known for its sausages among other smoked meats, is open with dine-in (indoor and patio), takeout, curbside pickup, and drive-thru services. The restaurant from co-owners pitmaster Bryan Bracewell and Rachel Bracewell is known for its sausages, among other smoked meats. The original Elgin location opened in 1882 by founder William Moon. Bryan Bracewell’s grandfather bought the restaurant in 1968. New locations opened in Bastrop in 2014, and Austin in 2019. The Hutto restaurant’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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Southside Market Opens in Hutto

By Community Impact

Since 1882, Southside Market & Barbeque has served up authentic Texan barbecue. This week, Southside will bring its classic dishes to Hutto’s Co-Op District with the launch of its latest restaurant. Read on for details about Southside’s grand opening celebration and news from three other businesses.

Now open: Southside Market & Barbeque

Southside Market & Barbeque celebrated the grand opening of its fourth location Oct. 15. Located at 106 Co-Op Blvd., Hutto, the restaurant’s menu features sausage, brisket, turkey and pork ribs plates; sandwiches and salads; hand-dipped ice cream and desserts; as well as classic side dishes, such as coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and corn on the cob.

“Rachel and I are both so thankful for the tremendous opportunity to bring our Texas-friendly hospitality and Central Texas BBQ to Hutto,” said Bryan Bracewell, the owner of Southside Market & Barbeque, in an Oct. 13 company release. “Southside Market is our family history, our legacy, our everything. We are excited to serve and meet our new neighbors. When selecting where to open our fourth location, we feel very blessed to have found another community of kindred spirits in the City of Hutto.”

Indoor dining will be limited to 75% capacity with customers required to adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing provisions. 512-518-2117. www.southsidemarket.com

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Southside Market and Barbeque Hutto Opens Thursday

By Williamson Reporter

Starting Thursday, October 15, residents of Williamson County won’t have to drive to Elgin for Southside Market & Barbeque‘s legendary smoked meats. The famous barbecue restaurant’s brand new Hutto location is nearly ready to open its doors at 106 Co-Op Blvd. A legend since 1882, Southside is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. They pride themselves on meats “slow-smoked over real Texas post oak wood.” While the original Southside Market in Elgin only offers dine-in and carry-out options, the Hutto location will also feature a convenient drive through option.

The restaurant posted a flyer announcing the opening to the Southside Market & Barbeque Hutto location’s facebook page today along with the following message to the community:

Y’all, we are so thrilled to be opening our doors in Hutto, TX! This location has been a work in progress for quite some time, and we appreciate all of the support & enthusiasm from our amazing Southside fans! In the words of our own Bryan Bracewell, “Southside Market is our family history, our legacy, our everything. We are excited to serve and meet our new neighbors. When selecting where to open our fourth location, we feel very blessed to have found another community of kindred spirits in the City of Hutto.” We look forward to seeing you!

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Southside Market and Barbeque Opens Hutto Location

By Austin Food Magazine

Southside Market & Barbeque  will open a new location in Hutto, at 106 Co-Op Boulevard.  Southside Market welcomes diners to its new barbeque restaurant in Hutto’s innovative 35-acre Co-Op District, a mixed-use destination on U.S. Highway 79, offering dine-in, take-out, and curbside services as well as a drive-thru, opens October 15, 2020, with COVID protocols taken into consideration.  The new restaurant features an outdoor patio, a drive-thru for easy ordering on-the-go, and offers Southside’s premium seasoning blends, smoked meats, sauces, and more for sale.

Southside Market, which originated in downtown Elgin, TX, in 1882, is the oldest BBQ joint in Texas selling authentic Central Texas barbeque for meat-lovers who value quality. Owned by third-generation Pitmaster Bryan Bracewell and his wife Rachel, this iconic restaurant brand has grown over the past 137 years from a one-man butcher shop to its current status as a must-visit destination for those seeking the finest sausage and smoked meats that Texas has to offer. With the original restaurant still operating in Elgin, a second location later added in Bastrop, and the third, most recently opened, located in Austin, Southside Market has earned its reputation as a legendary Texas BBQ joint and secured its place in Texas’ rich barbecue lore. Southside Market is known for its quality sausages and barbeque, their top notch customer service and company culture.

The new location will serve the same beloved menu as the other locations, consisting of BBQ-by-the-half pound, including the famous Original Beef Sausage, USDA Prime brisket, chopped beef, jalapeño cheddar sausage, chicken, pork, ribs, along with sandwiches, salads, and multiple sides, along with selections of homemade cobblers for dessert. Larger family-style meals are also available and the restaurant offers a variety of catering packages.

Southside Market & Barbeque will operate at 75% indoor dining capacity in adherence to CDC recommended guidelines. Customers are required to wear face masks when not eating and restaurant spacing has been adjusted to ensure 6 feet of separation between dining parties. Southside Market & Barbeque is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on Southside Market & Barbeque and available menus, please visit https://www.southsidemarket.com/and follow along on social media at @southsidebbq.

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Oldest Barbecue Joint in Texas Opens Drive-Thru Restaurant in Austin Suburb

By CultureMap Austin

The oldest barbecue joint in Texas has a brand-new restaurant. Southside Market & Barbeque opens in Hutto on Thursday, October 15.

The new restaurant may be bigger and flashier (it spans over 7,000 square feet), but it’s still firing up the same menu as the Elgin original. Southside’s famed barbecue by the half pound comes with choices like Original Beef Sausage, USDA Prime brisket, chopped beef, jalapeño cheddar sausage, chicken, pork, and ribs, offered along with classic barbecue sides like coleslaw, beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Sandwiches and salads are also available for both lunch and dinner.

Of course, no meal of Texas barbecue is complete without a Southern-style dessert. Southside’s sweet treats run from classic cobblers to hand-dipped ice cream.

“Southside Market is our family history, our legacy, our everything,” said Bryan Bracewell, third-generation pitmaster and owner of the 138-year-old barbecue restaurant. “We are excited to serve and meet our new neighbors. When selecting where to open our fourth location, we feel very blessed to have found another community of kindred spirits in the City of Hutto.”

Southside Market’s newest location — the brand’s fourth — is part of Hutto’s new Co-Op District, a 35-acre, mixed-use development off U.S. Highway 79. Along with restaurants and shops, the sprawling development is the new home to the two-story Hutto City Hall, City of Hutto offices, and the Hutto Public Library.

“The Co-Op District is the proud center of Hutto, and the renewal of this area allows residents to stay, work, and play in Hutto while offering a big-city experience with a small-town quality of life,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, developer of The Co-Op District. “Southside Market, with its strong national reputation and history, is a welcomed natural fit for the community. As a family-owned Texas business, Southside Market is a perfect match, and we are excited to have the restaurant in Hutto.”

For those not quite ready to eat out, Southside is also offering takeout and curbside services as well drive-thru ordering.

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Kilwins to open sweets shop in Hutto’s Co-Op District

By Community Impact

Kilwins, a hand-crafted chocolate shop based in Petoskey, Michigan, will open a store in Hutto’s Co-Op District, city officials announced in a Feb. 24 news release. The store specializes in a range of sweet treats, including hand-crafted chocolates, fudge, caramel apples and its original-recipe ice cream. Its Hutto storefront will include an open kitchen space for customers to watch employees making treats by hand, according to the release. Kilwins joins Hutto as its fourth confirmed commercial tenant for the Co-Op District, located at 420 Hwy. 79, Hutto, alongside Top Notch Hamburgers, Southside Market & Barbeque and Flix Brewhouse. An exact opening date has not yet been announced.

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Oldest Barbecue Joint in Texas Heats Up Austin Suburb with New Restaurant

By CultureMap Austin

Southside Market & Barbeque has begun construction on its newest restaurant in Hutto’s Co-op District on U.S. Highway 79.

The new Southside Market restaurant will span over 7,000 square feet and have 94 parking spaces. The restaurant will employ approximately 50 people when it opens for business, which is expected to be by late summer of this year.

Hutto’s 35-acre Co-op District is already home to the new two-story, 33,000-square-foot Hutto City Hall and future plans include the Hutto Public Library, a Flix Brewhouse, and a Top Notch Hamburgers.

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Southside Market & Barbecue coming to Hutto’s Co-op District

By KVUE Austin

Southside Market & Barbecue has begun construction on its newest restaurant in Hutto’s Co-Op District on U.S. Highway 79.

The new Southside Market restaurant will span over 7,000 square feet and have 94 parking spaces. The restaurant will employ approximately 50 people when it opens for business, which is expected to be by late summer of this year.

New tenants are anticipated to be announced in the coming months.

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Southside Market & Barbeque Begins Construction on Hutto Location, Anticipates Summer 2020 Opening

By Austin Business Journal

Hutto residents will soon have a new restaurant in town, following the start of construction on Southside Market & Barbeque’s upcoming location in Hutto’s Co-Op District. MA Partners, the developer behind the Co-Op District, and Southside Market announced construction had begun on the site in a Feb. 11 company news release, adding its anticipated opening date is slated for late summer 2020.

Southside Market first opened in Elgin in 1882 and has since added locations in Bastrop and North Austin, according to the release. Its Hutto location will comprise 7,000 square feet of space and employ approximately 50 workers when it opens for business, per the release.

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Southside Barbeque Plans Hutto Opening by July

By Austin American Statesman

Elgin-based Southside Market and Barbeque is aiming to open in the Hutto Co-op district by July, said Tom Abney, the restaurant’s director of operations.

“Today I ordered a big barbecue pit and we are hoping we can hire 50 Hutto folks to come work at Southside in the next few months,” he said.

Abney spoke at a Hutto City Council meeting on Thursday. The Co-op District is on the north side of U.S. 79 just west of downtown Hutto.

The city bought the Co-Op property, which includes a cotton gin and cotton silos, for $2 million in 2004.

It gave the property to MA Partners, which built an $8 million City Hall and is creating a retail, restaurant, office and residential district with $400 million worth of private investment, the city has said.

The expense of the PID, over the lifetime of the project, is expected to cost between $10.5 and $12 million total, with net proceeds listed at closer to $8.5 million, according to Bob Wunsch of MA Partners.

Two million dollars for offsite wastewater improvements would come from the PID, according to presentations made by Jessica Geray, Hutto’s director of economic development. which would extend existing water infrastructure to the site. A traffic signal placed at FM 1660 and Mager Lane would be placed at an entrance to the development, which would also connect East Street and Main Street to Limmer Loop.

The project, Wunsch said, would be completed in one or two phases; if two phases are required, Wunsch added that the second construction cycle would begin 60 days after the first phase’s completion.

“As long as this isn’t done before the Co-Op, we’re okay,” said Mayor Doug Gaul, with a laugh.

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Hutto City Council Approves Proposal for New Mixed-Use Development Project

By Community Impact

Hutto’s Perfect Game site and Fritz Park could have new neighbors just west of FM 1660, according to a proposal for a new mixed-use development.

Hutto City Council on August 1 unanimously authorized City Manager Odis Jones to execute an agreement with MA Partners on a new development, proposed for a site near FM 1660 and Mager Lane. MA Partners are the developers behind Hutto’s Co-Op District.

The project, as proposed August 1, would sit on 95 acres of land. The site is currently outside Hutto city limits and would be annexed into the city and financed through the creation of a Public Improvement District. The development would include single-family homes, commercial uses and open space.

Following the execution of the agreement and creation of the PID, Hutto’s Planning and Zoning Commission will begin discussions on how much land will be zoned for each specified type, according to Executive Director of Infrastructure and Development Services Ashley Lumpkin. She added the number of single-family units included in the development would be discussed in Planning and Zoning, as well.

The expense of the PID, over the lifetime of the project, is expected to cost between $10.5 and $12 million total, with net proceeds listed at closer to $8.5 million, according to Bob Wunsch of MA Partners.

Two million dollars for offsite wastewater improvements would come from the PID, according to presentations made by Jessica Geray, Hutto’s director of economic development. which would extend existing water infrastructure to the site. A traffic signal placed at FM 1660 and Mager Lane would be placed at an entrance to the development, which would also connect East Street and Main Street to Limmer Loop.

The project, Wunsch said, would be completed in one or two phases; if two phases are required, Wunsch added that the second construction cycle would begin 60 days after the first phase’s completion.

“As long as this isn’t done before the Co-Op, we’re okay,” said Mayor Doug Gaul, with a laugh.

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Southside Market & Barbeque announces new opening date for Hutto location

By Community Impact

Southside Market & Barbeque has delayed its anticipated opening date for the Hutto location.

Originally slated to open in 2019, Southside Market announced it anticipates opening in the second quarter of 2020, per an August 2 news release. The restaurant, regarded as the oldest BBQ company in Texas, opened in its original location in Elgin in 1882. Southside’s Hutto location was the first business tenant announced for the Co-Op District.

“As Texans, we’ve had the personal privilege of enjoying Southside Market’s barbeque for decades, and we could not imagine a better match for a project with the vision and scale of The Co-Op District,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, the developer behind the Co-Op District, in the news release. “Southside Market has set the standard for Texas barbeque, and we are thrilled to have a nationally renowned brand with such deep roots in Texas serve as our first retail tenant.”

The restaurant is known for slow-cooked sausage and meats. Alongside its upcoming Hutto location, Southside Market is also slated to open an Austin storefront in late 2019.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our business and especially for the great folks on our team who work hard every day with a commitment to authentic Central Texas BBQ, excellent customer service, and Texas friendly hospitality,” said Bryan Bracewell, Owner of Southside Market & Barbeque, in the release. “We can’t wait to get the pits fired up and join in on all of the excitement that is happening in Hutto.”

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Largest economic deal in Hutto’s history: Perfect Game will bring mixed-use development, add $200 million annually to the economy

By Community Impact
Perfect Game will relocate its national headquarters to Hutto, ushering in an estimated $200 million annual economic boost. Perfect Game hosts amateur baseball tournaments for players looking to catch the attention of Major League Baseball scouts.
After a national search, Perfect Game owner Ben Ford said the organization selected Hutto.
“From day one Hutto felt like home,” Ford said. “We’re from Iowa, and we immediately connected with the small-town vibe here, the charm.”
Founded in 1995, Perfect Game is the largest baseball showcase organization in the nation. The company hosts tournaments in the United States, Canada, Europe and Puerto Rico.
“Out of 48 states and 2,800 communities, we came out on top,” Hutto City Manager Odis Jones said. “This is a big deal for not only Hutto but for the region and the state.”
A mix of uses
Perfect Game will become the anchor tenant in a large, mixed-use development slated for Hwy. 79 and CR 132, adjacent to Fritz Park. Sports-related amenities in the development include 24 turf baseball fields, 10 of which the city will develop for public use, Jones said. Multipurpose sports fields and other recreational opportunities are in the works as well.
Perfect Game’s 61,600-square-foot headquarters, Hall of Fame, a batting cage pavilion, training facility and dorms, sports technology research and sports medicine research facilities are planned for the development.
Hutto’s first indoor sports arena and event center could break ground within the development as early as June, Jones said. According to the April 18 presentation, the approximately 300,000-square-foot arena will seat 13,000 people.
“The indoor arena and convention hotel will be used for concerts, conventions and family entertainment,” Jones said. “Hopefully it’ll be used for graduation ceremonies and other events like that in the future.”
Some 200,500 square feet of the development is earmarked for entertainment, retail and restaurants. Plans indicate 134,000 square feet of office space, multifamily living space, up to four hotels and a community center. Parking totals 3,231 spaces, according to the plans presented April 18.
Economic impact
The project is expected to pump $200 million annually into the local community, according to Perfect Game.
“Perfect Game is a game-changer in terms of diversifying our tax base, in particular, our tourism, hotel and convention business,” Jones said.
Perfect Game will lease the space from the city of Hutto, according to a 30-year contract signed April 18. Property taxes are expected to be $5.1 million annually, according to the city. Yearly sales tax totals are estimated to be $1.5 million.
The city stated plans April 18 to reinvest 60% of ad valorem taxes back into the project for 30 years through a tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ. The TIRZ will help offset the cost of public infrastructure, which includes fields, roads, utilities and garages.
The city stands to generate additional revenue from gate entry fees. Other sources of revenue tied to the development include hotel room occupancy taxes, local sponsorships and a hotel rebate program.
An $800 million private investment makes this project the largest economic development deal in the history of Hutto, Jones said. It is a partnership among the city of Hutto, Perfect Game, developer Wolverine Interests LLC, Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management.
Youth sports tourism
Perfect Game’s decision to locate in Hutto is “one of the most significant events in the sports tourism industry in the last 20 years,” according to Dev Pathik, founder and CEO of Sports Facilities Advisory, a sports and entertainment center management consultant company.
“Perfect Game is the No. 1 youth sports opportunity in America today,” Pathik said. “It provides a platform for the best youth talent to gain exposure to scouts.”
Sports tourism—overnight stays related to a sporting event or tournament—is booming nationwide, Pathik said.
“Youth sports tourism is the fastest-growing segment of the travel industry,” he said.
Youth sports tourism accounts for $11.4 billion annually, according to a 2017 report by the National Association of Sports Commission, a nonprofit sports and events tourism trade association. The industry is growing at 9% year over year, per the report.
“We see our community as a partner in the region,” Jones said. “Look at Dell Diamond, Kalahari. We celebrate the success of our surrounding communities as well.”
The opening tournament is expected to be held no later than Memorial Day 2021. All fields, sports amenities and the arena are anticipated to be complete by the end of May 2021 as well.
“Sports are a unifier,” Pathik said. “Hutto is going to grow either way—with or without Perfect Game. There’s something about growth in an environment that exists alongside sports. Perfect Game will help Hutto grow and keep that community feel everyone is looking for.”

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Baseball Scouting Group Moving to Hutto in City’s Largest Development Deal

By Austin American Statesman

Perfect Game, a baseball scouting organization, is moving its national headquarters to Hutto in what the city described as the single largest economic development deal in its history, according to a news release issued Thursday night.

Perfect Game will be building the city’s first indoor sports and events center and a convention hotel, the release said. It will also feature 24 baseball fields, including 10 that the city of Hutto will build for public use, according to the release. The sports and events center is designed to seat 13,000 people.

The complex in Hutto will also feature office, commercial and residential space, medical and physical therapy services, and sports and clothing apparel, the release said.

The national headquarters of Perfect Game is currently in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The project — a partnership between Perfect Game, developer Wolverine Interests, LLC, Sports Facility Advisory/Sports Facilities Management and the City of Hutto — will bring $800 million in private investment, the release said. It will be located east of Fritz Park, located at 400 Park Avenue and on the north side of U.S. 79.

Perfect Game has entered a 30-year lease with the city for the land, according to the release. The property tax totals are expected to be $5.1 million each year, and sales tax totals are estimated to be $1.5 million annually, the release said.

The city will reinvest 60% of the property taxes back into the project for 30 years through a tax increment reinvestment zone that will pay for public infrastructure like fields, roads, utilities and garages, the release said. It said Hutto will also generate additional revenue from gate entry fees as well as receive revenue from the hotel room occupancy tax, local sponsorships and a hotel rebate program.

Perfect Game plans to host a grand opening tournament no later than Memorial Day 2021, the release said. It said all fields are anticipated to be finished by that time. Wolverine Interests expects that the first residential project will also be completed by Memorial Day 2021, the release said.

“Perfect Game’s decision to locate in Hutto, just 25 minutes from Austin, is one of the most significant events in the sports tourism industry in the last 20 years,” said Dev Pathik, founder and CEO of Sports Facilities Advisory in a statement. “Combining an SFM events center and hotel was a natural fit and will turn Hutto into one of the top scouting destinations in America. The community programs offered by SFM and Perfect Game will improve access to sports for local citizens. It is a true win, win, win.”

Hutto City Manager Odis Jones said in the release that “Perfect Game is a game changer in terms of diversifying our tax base, in particular, our tourism, hotel and convention business. It will benefit Hutto and the Central Texas region by infusing $200 million annually in direct spending to our local community, creating demand for more than 150,000 hotel room nights, and bringing Hutto a 13,000-seat indoor sports arena.”

Perfect Game founder Jerry Ford said in the release that his organization looks “forward to helping Hutto achieve its economic and community goals.”

According to Perfect Game’s website, the business “promotes the game of baseball now and in the future by hosting the highest quality amateur events while providing meaningful opportunities and information to players, families, MLB organizations, college coaches, and fans.”

It is the largest baseball showcase organization in the country and has seen 11,623 players drafted by Major League Baseball, and 1,234 major league players get their start through Perfect Game tournaments, the website said.

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Hutto’s Co-Op District progresses with completion of new City Hall

By KXAN Austin

A 35-acre development in Hutto is beginning to take shape now that a new City Hall has officially opened there.

The city consolidated most of its departments into one building that is located in an area that will be called The Co-Op District off U.S. 79. The new City Hall, which is about 35,000 square feet in size, opened to the public Monday.

“Basically everything the public will need is all here on the first floor,” Mayor Doug Gaul said during a tour Tuesday. “They’ve got their library, pay their bills, pay their fines, interact with people. Then, we’ve got the offices upstairs.”

On the ground floor, the city library occupies more than 4,500 square feet. Staff members worked through the weekend to get all the books onto shelves, computers online and meeting rooms ready for people to use.

“We had over 241 people coming in [Monday] getting new library cards, checking out books,” library manager Lisa Riggs said. “We’ve had patrons that haven’t come in since 2009 come and get library cards.”

Pamela Carter came Tuesday to check out the new space and take home a few books.

“It was much more spacious and not so crowded,” Carter said about the new library. “It seemed like the staff were happy to be in a new place.”

The balcony on the second floor of City Hall overlooks the large construction site where crews are working on the rest of The Co-Op District development. The developer already announced that Top Notch Hamburgers, Southside Market & Barbeque and Flix Brewhouse will be the first three tenants in the walkable, mixed-use develpoment. More announcements should be made soon, city leaders told KXAN.

“Hutto’s only really had one street for their downtown, so this really kind of expands our downtown,” Gaul said. “It becomes a more downtown environment. I look forward to a family coming down here on a Saturday night and spending probably three or four hours down here.”

The city expects The Co-Op District development to take at least another five years to complete. Carter expects it to draw in visitors to the community she loves.

“Things are nearby where you don’t have to drive into austin to go out to eat,” she said. “It’s nice to see the community growing and [have] more things to do with family.”

The Hutto Police Department is not housed in the new City Hall. Police are instead renovating their current space at 401 Front Street.

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Historic Burger Restaurant Opening First Expansion in Hutto

By Eater Austin

In the first-ever expansion for the 48-year-old retro fast food restaurant, Top Notch Burgers is coming to Hutto. The new second location will be in the under-development Hutto Co-Op District at 420 Highway 79, starting in 2020.

The new Top Notch will serve the same classic menu of charcoal-grilled burgers, fried chicken, and onion rings, although a press release teased new secret menu items. The new location will also include details from the original like car hop stations and classic signage.

The Hutto Co-Op District will also have a location of Elgin-based barbecue restaurant Southside Market and a location of movie theater and restaurant Flix Brewhouse. It will also house Hutto’s City Hall and library.

Top Notch is best known for its inclusion in the classic movie Dazed and Confused. Ray and Frances Stanish opened the Burnet Road restaurant in 1971. In 2010, after Ray’s death, Frances passed ownership to her brothers-in-law Kelly Chappell and Phillip Santa Cruz, who own fast-casual restaurants Zocalo Cafe and Galaxy Cafe.

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Top Notch Hamburgers is headed to Hutto

By KVUE Austin

Alright, alright, alright! Looks like Hutto is getting a little weird. 

Iconic Austin restaurant Top Notch Hamburgers will be opening a new location at the Hutto Co-Op District.

The hamburger joint, along with Flix Brewhouse and Southside Market & Barbeque, will soon reside in a dynamic 25-acre business, retail, entertainment and residential location on ‘The Gin’ property.

To view a KVUE TV Foodie Friday segment on Top Notch, CLICK HERE!

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