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Jack Allen’s Kitchen Breaks Ground

By Taylor Press

On Friday, the community turned out to break ground on what is one of the most anticipated additions to Hutto’s Co- op District, a new Jack Allen’s Kitchen restaurant.

The iconic comfort-food favorite is located at 420 Texas 79, and will join Southside Market, Top Notch Burger and other restaurants and retailers in the Co-op District.

With a planned size of 7,500 square feet, including indoor and outdoor seating areas, city officials expect it to be a large draw to the Co-op. The business is also expected to employ 100 workers, which necessitated the incorporation of a parking plan into the development.

The restaurant is being built in coordination with a six-story parking garage that will give the employees and customers ample parking, as well as serving City Hall employees.

The parking garage and restaurant are expected to open simultaneously by the end of the year.

To view the story from the Taylor Press, CLICK HERE.

Jalisco Sports Bar and Grill Now Open at Hutto Co-Op District

By Community Impact

Casa Jalisco Sports Bar and Grill is now open in the Hutto Co-Op.

The restaurant offers authentic Mexican cuisine combined with a sports bar atmosphere. The menu includes dishes like enchiladas, fajitas and more, served with rice and beans. Customers will also find a churro dessert wagon, while the bar is stocked with a variety of beer, cocktails and spirits.

  • Opened April 17
  • 460 Hwy. 79, Hutto
  • www.casajaliscosportsbarandgrill.com

To view the story from Community Impact, CLICK HERE.

Hutto City Hall Marks Five Year Anniversary

By Taylor Press

The linchpin of The Co-op District, Hutto’s 35,000 square foot City Hall celebrated the five-year anniversary of its opening Monday.

“I remember going to City Council meetings at the old building and we would have to stop council meetings when a train would come through because you couldn’t hear a thing. We don’t have that problem here,” said Mayor Pro Tem Peter Gordon. “This is the citizen’s building. We’re here to help take care of it and make sure we do the right things.”

The building’s 2019 grand opening was meant to kick off growth of The Co-op District, a 35-acre walkable development that expands the city’s downtown area.

Development was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply chain and worker shortages that followed, but today heavy machinery and construction crews are hard at work. A six-story parking garage is currently being constructed to support Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is expected to open late this year, joining a number of eateries, retail and service businesses that are already open.

To view the story from the Taylor Press, CLICK HERE.

New Office Space Planned for The Hutto Co-Op

By Community Impact

The Hutto Co-Op recently unveiled a final rendering of the four-story office and retail building planned for the city’s downtown area.

Overview

The 64,000-square-foot building will include retail space on the ground floor and office space throughout. Designed by Hip.Hop. Design Studio, the structure will have space for tenants to rent as well as an elevated pedestrian space.

What else?

The building is planned to go in by the six-story parking garage on its way up in The Co-Op. The garage will accommodate 450 vehicles and be attached to the new Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which developers will break ground on in the next 60 days.

What they’re saying

“We are pleased to have the best of the best, Walker Consultants and John King Construction, working on this exceptional parking structure” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, the developer of The Co-Op District. “The bar has been set very high at The Co-Op in terms of quality, craftsmanship and design aesthetic, and we want to ensure that from the moment you arrive on-site, to your parking experience, to your visit to a restaurant, shop or office space, the experience is not only favorable, but also memorable.”

To view the story from Community Impact, CLICK HERE.

Hutto Co-Op District Expansion: New Office Building, Parking Garage Enhance Williamson’s Hub

By BNN

The Hutto Co-Op District, located in Williamson County north of Austin, is set for significant expansion with the introduction of a new four-story office building and the area’s first parking garage. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of the next year, this project aims to transform the district into a vibrant, mixed-use community hub, blending modern design with elements of Hutto’s rich agricultural heritage.

Modern Meets Heritage in Hutto’s Expansion

The 64,000-square-foot office building, designed by the acclaimed Hip.Hop.Design Studio, promises to be a cornerstone of the expansion. Featuring ground-floor retail spaces and offices with expansive glass designs and potential for ceilings over 10 feet high, the development is designed to enhance the pedestrian experience. Its architectural details and strategic connectivity to Hutto’s historic downtown aim to foster a dynamic community atmosphere. Meanwhile, the six-story parking garage, a collaboration between Walker Consultants and John King Construction, will provide approximately 450 parking spaces, addressing a critical need for the growing district.

Pioneering Growth with Local Flavors

The Co-Op District’s growth is further marked by the groundbreaking of a new restaurant within its bounds – Jack Allen’s Kitchen. This addition highlights the district’s commitment to supporting Texas-grown businesses and offering diverse culinary experiences to residents, workers, and tourists alike. The district, which already hosts Hutto City Hall, the Hutto Public Library, and a variety of local businesses, is rapidly becoming a central hub for commerce, culture, and community in Williamson County.

Blending Tradition with Innovation

One of the project’s most notable features is its integration of Hutto’s agricultural history, particularly its preserved grain silos, into the modern design of the development. This thoughtful blend of tradition and innovation underscores the city’s appeal to businesses and individuals seeking a unique, experiential destination. As the Co-Op District prepares to open its latest additions, the project embodies Hutto’s vision for a future that respects its past while boldly embracing new possibilities.

As the Hutto Co-Op District nears the completion of its latest phase, the anticipation among the local community and prospective businesses is palpable. This development not only enhances the area’s infrastructure but also enriches its cultural landscape, promising a vibrant, interconnected community space. With its strategic location, innovative design, and commitment to honoring local heritage, the Hutto Co-Op District is poised to become a landmark destination in Williamson County, fostering growth and connectivity for years to come.

To view the story from BNN, CLICK HERE.

Final Plans for Co-Op District Drop

By Urbanize Austin

The Hutto Co-op District today revealed final renderings for the retail and office center, a 35-acre mixed-use development on U.S. Highway 79 already underway in its namesake Austin suburb.

The just-completed plans include final drawings for the four-story office and retail building planned for the site, as well as the first parking garage for Hutto, the booming metro city about 30 miles north of Austin.

The Hutto Co-op District released final renderings of its planned office and retail building and parking garage.Hutto Co-op District

The 64,000-square-foot building includes ground-floor retail and offices with floor-to-ceiling glass and flexible finished ceiling heights of 10 feet or more. Architectural details include wood soffits, decorative steel panels, and activated pedestrian spaces.

Hip Hop Design Studio, led by architect James Cornetet and interior designer Nicole Cornetet, designed the office and retail complex.

Entrance to the garage planned for the Hutto Co-op District.Hutto Co-op District

The district also released final renditions of its parking garage, which is under construction. Designed by Walker Consultants and built by John King Construction, the six-story garage will accommodate about 450 vehicles and seeks to counter parking-structure conventions with an “inviting, well-lit environment and unwavering commitment to cleanliness,” according to a project spokesman.

Developers expect the parking garage construction to open around the same time as Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is breaking ground in the next 60 days. Jack Allen’s Kitchen is joined by Southside Market, the oldest continuously operating barbeque establishment in the United States; Austin’s iconic Top Notch Burgers; and Jaime Fernandez’s Cocina Jalisco Sports Bar & Grill Mexican cuisine concept. The Co-Op District is also home to the City Hall for the City of Hutto and the Hutto Public Library.

Hip Hop Design Studio, led by architect James Cornetet and interior designer Nicole Cornetet, designed the office and retail complex.Hutto Co-op District

MA Partners is the developer of the 35-acre district, located at the site of the original Hutto Co-Op, built in 1937. The development will preserve and incorporate the agricultural co-op ‘s four grain silos as high-profile symbols of Hutto’s agricultural heritage. Developers envision the Co-op District as a community gathering destination offering a range of activities, not unlike the Magnolia Silos that transformed the city of Waco, about 70 miles north of Hutto.

To view the story from Urbanize Austin, CLICK HERE.

Coming to Hutto: Office/Retail Building, 450-Space Parking Garage, Jack Allen’s Kitchen

By Austin American Statesman

Today I bring you news from the fast-growing city of Hutto in Williamson County, north of Austin.

The developer of the Hutto Co-Op District has unveiled new renderings of a four-story office building and Hutto’s first parking garage for a mixed-use project. Both buildings are under construction in the district.

The Co-Op District is a 35-acre business, retail, entertainment and residential project being developed on U.S. 79 in Hutto, which has about 37,000 residents.

Due to open in the first quarter of next year, the 64,000-square-foot office building will have ground floor retail and offices with floor-to-ceiling glass, with opportunities for ceilings rising 10 feet or taller. Architectural details include wood soffits, decorative steel panels and an elevated pedestrian experience that will tie into the live/work/play feel of The Co-Op District, which will feature a walkable design connecting to the city’s historic downtown.

There’s no word yet on prospective tenants for the office or retail space in the building.

The design of the office and retail building is the work of Hip.Hop.Design Studio, led by architect James Cornetet and interior designer Nicole Cornetet.

Work is underway in Hutto's Co-Op District on an office building that will have ground-floor retail space, as well as Hutto's first parking garage with 450 spaces. Construction is due to start within the next couple of months on a Jack Allen’s Kitchen in the mixed-use district.

Adjacent to the office building will be the Co-Op District’s state-of-the-art parking garage, designed by Walker Consultants and built by John King Construction. The six-story garage will have about 450 parking spaces.

Work is underway in Hutto's Co-Op District on an office building that will have ground-floor retail space, as well as Hutto's first parking garage with 450 spaces. Construction is due to start within the next couple of months on a Jack Allen’s Kitchen in the mixed-use district.

The parking garage construction is due to open around the same time as The Co-Op District’s newest restaurant offering, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is set to break ground in the next 60 days. The Co-Op District is already home to Hutto City Hall, the Hutto Public Library and Texas-grown tenants such as Southside Market BBQ and Top Notch Burgers.

Work is underway in Hutto's Co-Op District on an office building that will have ground-floor retail space, as well as Hutto's first parking garage with 450 spaces. Construction is due to start within the next couple of months on a Jack Allen’s Kitchen in the mixed-use district.

“The bar has been set very high at The Co-Op in terms of quality, craftmanship and design aesthetic, and we want to ensure that from the moment you arrive on site, to your parking experience, to your visit to a restaurant, shop or office space, the experience is not only favorable, but also memorable,” says Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, the developer of The Co-Op District.

The Co-Op District is located at the site of the original Hutto Co-Op, built in 1937, which served as one of the strongest visual symbols of Hutto representing its agricultural heritage.

The new district features four towering grain silos that have been preserved and will tie into the project’s master plan, bridging Hutto’s history with the city’s culture and allure to businesses, residents and tourists. It is meant to be a community gathering spot with activities and offerings for people of all ages.

To view the story from the Austin American Statesman, CLICK HERE.

Office, Parking Projects will Take the Hutto Co-Op District to New Heights

By Austin Business Journal

The Hutto Co-Op District is growing up — literally.

Work is underway on a four-story, 64,000-square-foot class A office building and a six-story, 450-spot parking structure at the entertainment district along Highway 79, Co-Op developer MA Partners announced on Feb. 21.

The projects add unprecedented density to the 35-acre, mixed-use development, which is already home to Hutto City Hall, the Hutto Public Library, local-grown restaurants like Top Notch Hamburgers and Southside Market BBQ and weekly farmers markets. The walkable design is slated to be connected to the city’s historic downtown by way of upgrades to Live Oak Street.

A year ago, the city of Hutto updated a development agreement that called for the construction of parking garages on site, as well as tightened deadlines on the delivery of the project and strengthened penalties. Other revisions included putting MA Partners in charge the district’s splash pad, amphitheater and green space, according to Community Impact.

Developers this month broke ground on the office building, which includes retail offerings on the ground floor and offices with floor-to-ceiling glass. There will also be opportunities for 10-foot ceiling heights or greater for tenants that prefer a lofted aesthetic, according to the announcement. Architectural details include wood soffits, decorative steel panels and an elevated pedestrian experience. It was designed by Hip.Hop.Design Studio, led by architect James Cornetet and interior designer Nicole Cornetet.

A representative for the project said they are in the “paperwork stages” of discussions with tenants. There is no estimate on a delivery of the building.

The office building is adjacent to the parking garage, which is designed by Walker Consultants and built by John King Construction. The six-story garage will accommodate 450 vehicles. It’s the city’s first parking garage and is being built using precast concrete, with each piece produced at Coreslab Structures in nearby Cedar Park and then transported to the construction site in Hutto and maneuvered into place, according to the city.

The parking structure will ultimately service Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is expected to break ground on its long-anticipated location in the Co-Op District within the next 60 days. Both the restaurant and structure are expected to simultaneously open by the end of 2024.

The Co-Op District will de-facto serve as an extended downtown in the city of Hutto, which has a population of about 37,000 people and is about 30 miles northeast of Austin. The city has become a magnet for large-scale development, including at the nearby megasite, where tens of billions of dollars of investment is planned to yield industrial space, data centers and more.

“The bar has been set very high at The Co-Op, in terms of quality, craftsmanship and design aesthetic, and we want to ensure that from the moment you arrive on site, to your parking experience, to your visit to a restaurant, shop or office space, the experience is not only favorable, but also memorable,” MA Partners partner Bob Wunsch said in a statement.

To view the story from the Austin Business Journal, CLICK HERE.

Hutto Set to Get First Parking Garage that will Accommodate More than 400 Cars

By KVUE Austin

The city of Hutto will soon get its first parking garage. It will be part of the new Hutto Co-Op District, which is already home to Hutto City Hall and other businesses.

Developers released the final plans for the new four-story office and retail building on Wednesday. Retail shops will be on the ground floor, and offices with floor-to-ceiling windows will be on the upper levels.

The parking garage is already under construction. It’s set to be six stories tall and be able to accommodate about 450 cars.

The U.S. Census estimates that as of July 2022, more than 36,000 people lived in Hutto. In 2010, the population was less than half of that, at about 14,000 residents.

“We are pleased to have the best of the best, Walker Consultants and John King Construction, working on this exceptional parking structure,” said Bob Wunsch of MA Partners, the developer of The Co-Op District. “The bar has been set very high at The Co-Op in terms of quality, craftsmanship and design aesthetic, and we want to ensure that from the moment you arrive on site, to your parking experience, to your visit to a restaurant, shop or office space, the experience is not only favorable, but also memorable.”

The parking garage is slated to open around the same time as The Co-Op District’s newest restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, which is breaking ground in the next 60 days.

To view the story in its entirety, from KVUE-TV, CLICK HERE.

15 Austin Restaurants are Planning to Open in 2024. Here’s What We Know.

By Austin American Statesman

The New Year always brings with it the excited anticipation of restaurant openings. Where will you be dining in 2024? Probably at some of these restaurants.

New locations of existing favorites and concepts seeing their first light will roll out throughout the year, from Cedar Park to Buda. Below is a list of some of the places we’re keeping an eye on for 2024.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Principals and concept: One of Austin’s most tenured and influential chefs, Jack Gilmore, brings his brand of upmarket comfort food to the Hutto Co-Op District, joining Southside Market, Top Notch Burgers and Cocina Jalisco. 

Location: 420 US 79, Hutto 

ETA: Summer

To read the article in its entirety, from the Austin American-Statesman, CLICK HERE.

These retail, entertainment and hotel projects are all set to open in Austin in 2024

By Austin American Statesman

Austin’s retail scene has seen a lot of change in the past couple of years. Local treasures have closed. But a new wave of expansion is happening. The market is hot.

Both existing retailers and newcomers are growing in Central Texas, and the list of stores, hospitality and entertainment projects coming to Austin in 2024 keeps growing.

The local retail market currently has an occupancy rate of 97%, according to commercial real estate firm Weitzman, which says the region remains the tightest major-metro retail market in Texas in terms of occupancy.

Here is a short list of new projects that are coming on board next year. We will continue to update this story as readers share what’s happening in their areas.

Jack Allen’s joining Hutto Co-Op District

The Hutto Co-Op District on Highway 79 continues to boom, with new restaurant tenant Jack Allen’s Kitchen arriving in summer of 2024. The restaurant will join Southside Market, Top Notch Burgers and Cocina Jalisco at the growing mixed-use development. The City of Hutto offices and the Hutto Public Library are also located at the 35-acre Co-Op District.

To read the article in its entirety, from the Austin American-Statesman, CLICK HERE.

Brewpub, Jack Allen’s Kitchen Among Businesses to Open in Pflugerville, Hutto

By Community Impact

The cities of Pflugerville and Hutto have seen a variety of businesses open or planning to open. Check out what companies have moved to the area in recent months.

Coming Soon

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

The restaurant is expected to open in Hutto’s Co-Op District. The restaurant, known for its menu of Southern comfort food, will span around 7,500 square feet, including indoor and outdoor dining areas.

Read the entire story HERE.

Hutto Co-Op to Get 6-Story Parking Garage, 450 Spaces

By Community Impact

Hutto Co-Op developers MA Partners announced Oct. 31 specifics for the construction of a new parking garage in the city’s downtown area.

Long story short

As part of prior and revised agreements with the city, the developers for the 35-acre mixed-use development off Hwy. 79 moved plans forward, signing Walker Consultants for the planning, design and engineering services associated with the project.

Part of the updated development agreement, approved by Council May 4, included more strict timelines.

Mayor Mike Synder stated in the City Council meeting that future development relies on the completion of parking within the Co-Op.

This parking garage, the first of several included in the agreement, will be tied to the new Jack Allen’s comfort-food restaurant. Plans to finish construction of the garage follow the restaurant’s timeline for opening in the summer of 2024.

The garage will be the first six-story parking structure in Hutto, according to a press release, and will include 450 spaces.

The revised agreement between the city and developers also included an amphitheater, splash pad and green space, completed earlier this year.

The city relocated the Sunset Block Party Bash in May 2023 from Fritz Park to the Co-Op, drawing Hutto residents and visitors to see the completed construction projects.

Read more HERE.

Austin Restaurant Expansion

By Eater Austin

Texas comfort food restaurant mini-chain Jack Allen’s Kitchen is opening its sixth location in Hutto next year. It’ll be found within the Hutto Co-Op District at 420 Highway 79 starting sometime in the summer of 2024. This will be the first time the company is building a restaurant from the ground up (instead of inheriting an older restaurant space). It’ll serve lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, cocktails, wines, and beers.

Read more HERE.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen Plans to Open in Summer 2024 in Hutto

By Community Impact

Jack Allen’s Kitchen is expected to open in Hutto’s Co-Op District, according to a news release from developer MA Partners.

The restaurant, known for its menu of Southern comfort food, will span around 7,500 square feet, including indoor and outdoor dining areas. The business is also expected to bring 90-100 new jobs to Hutto, where the restaurant will operate seven days a week. Once open, the Jack Allen’s will feature a bar with frozen beverages, wine on tap and single-barrel bourbon from distillers throughout the country. The menu will also include daily specials.

“The decision to come to Hutto and the Co-Op District was an easy one,” Jack Allen’s Kitchen co-owner Tom Kamm said in the release. “Our president, Nick Rotas, and our beverage director, David Toby, as well as a number of other employees and longtime customers recently moved to Hutto and have given nothing but wonderful reviews for the friendliness of the community and all that it has to offer.”

Jack Allen’s Kitchen also has locations in Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park.

  • Opening in summer 2024
  • 420 Hwy. 79, Hutto
  • www.jackallenskitchen.com

Top Notch Hamburgers brings the bulk of its cultural legacy to Hutto

By Community Impact

For Kelly Chappell, taking ownership of Top Notch Hamburgers in Austin was a personal experience.

The Austin staple has been open since 1971, and in 2010, Chappell bought it from its original owners, the Stanish family.

“I’m 50, and the restaurant is 51,” Chappell said. “I’d been eating there since I was a kid. I had my birthday parties at Top Notch.”

It took a little over a decade, but on March 22, Top Notch officially opened its second location in Hutto’s Co-Op District.

Chappell said he and his business partners, Chris Courtney and Jay Bunda, selected Hutto for two reasons. The first involved the city’s status as a relatively small, tight-knit city.

Hutto is also close enough to Austin that many Hutto residents are already familiar with Top Notch, which Chappell said was another draw to the city.

After more than 50 years, Top Notch’s menu of hamburgers and fried chicken is nearly the same as it was when the restaurant opened, and Chappell said he, Courtney and Bunda have taken great pains to preserve the appearance and culture of the original restaurant in the new Hutto location.

That same philosophy has extended to training the new restaurant’s employees.

“The employees’ homework is to go watch movies and TV shows with Top Notch in it—those things that have helped make it a staple in Austin,” Chappell said. “I want them to understand that.”

Now that the new location is open, Chappell said he is excited to get integrated into the Hutto community.

“We’re relying on our steady fan base to help us create the culture here and spread the word,” Chappell said. “We’re just doing what we’ve been doing all these years, and people will learn that a charcoal burger tastes very different from a frozen patty.”

Three New Restaurants/Bars Opening in the Next Seven Days

By Austin Chronicle

A trifecta of new restaurants and bars open in the Austin area this week. Make your dining plans accordingly.

Wednesday, March 22

Top Notch Hutto
121 Co-op Blvd., Hutto
The long-awaited Top Notch in Hutto celebrates its grand opening today, opening its doors at 11am. While the walls and ceiling don’t have the patina of decades of grease just yet, our neighbors to the northeast can now easily partake in the classic burgers, fried chicken, and shakes generations of Austinites have enjoyed since 1971.

To read the story in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

Top Notch, Iconic ‘Dazed and Confused’ Burger Joint, Opens in Hutto

By Houston Chronicle

It’s the home of the Longhorn Special and some paddles used by the seniors on the freshmen in Dazed and Confused. And now, Austin’s iconic burger joint has a home away from home.

The much-awaited second location of Top Notch opened in at 121 Co-Op Boulevard in Hutto, a suburb east of Round Rock in Williamson County, on Wednesday, March 22. The Austin location on Burnet Road is famous for a few reasons: its many variations on the charbroiled hamburger (the Top Special, for instance, has hickory sauce and grated cheese) and for an iconic Dazed and Confused scene filmed at the still-vintage-looking spot featuring Matthew McConaughey’s Wooderson.

By all accounts, the opening was a success. A small line formed outside just before the 11 a.m. opening, according to a post on Facebook. Williamson County residents left dozens of comments about the excitement caused by the opening.

To read the story in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

Top Notch Hamburgers Location to Open in Hutto

By KXAN Austin

In an announcement Friday, the City of Hutto said the much-anticipated opening of Top Notch Hamburgers in the city was set for March 22.

“This will mark only the second location of Top Notch since its iconic original location opened on Burnet Road in Austin in 1971,” the City of Hutto said in a release.

The drive-in burger joint rose in popularity when it was featured in the 1993 film Dazed and Confused starring Matthew McConaughey, where he first coined the iconic phrase “Alright, Alright, Alright!”

To read the story in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

Top Notch Hamburgers Opens Doors to Hutto Location

By Community Impact

Historic Austin burger joint Top Notch Hamburgers opened a second location March 22 at 121 Co-Op Blvd., Hutto. In a release, owner Kelly Chappell said the new crew of about 40 employees consists mostly of Hutto residents. The original Top Notch opened in 1971 on Burnet Road in Austin. The restaurant is known for its charcoal hamburgers and old-fashioned drive-up format, in addition to being featured in several movies and television shows including the 1993 film “Dazed and Confused.”