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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.

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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

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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.

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Hutto Gets Taste of ‘Old Austin’ with Opening of Iconic Top Notch Hamburgers

By Austin American Statesman

Hutto may be full of new growth, but it now has a taste of old Austin. Iconic burger and fried chicken restaurant Top Notch opened on Wednesday at 420 U.S. 79 in the Hutto Co-Op District, a 35-acre mixed-use development that is also home to the new Hutto City Hall.

The new location of the longtime Burnet Road burger joint, memorialized in director Richard Linklater’s seminal 1993 film “Dazed and Confused,” joins fellow tenant Southside Market & Barbecue.

The owners have made efforts to transport the classic feel of the original to the new location, including aesthetic and service touches like the neon signage and car-hop stations.

Frances and Ray Stanish opened Top Notch in 1971, and Frances sold it to the team behind Austin-based Galaxy Cafe in 2010.

The Hutto location will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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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Southside Market and Barbeque is coming to Hutto

By Austin American Statesman

Southside Market and Barbeque is coming to Hutto.

The restaurant is the first commercial tenant at the new Co-Op District in Hutto now under construction, according to the district’s developer, MA Partners.

The district is a 35-acre business, retail, entertainment and residential destination being developed on U.S. 79 in Hutto at the historic Gin property, according to a news release issued by the city.

The barbecue restaurant first opened in Elgin in 1882, where it is still operating. A second location opened in Bastrop in 2014.

“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 developer Bob Wunsch of MA Partners in the release.

One of the owners of Southside Market and Barbeque, Bryan Bracewell, said coming to the Co-Op District “is such a natural fit for us because Hutto is very similar to the two other towns we call home in that it’s a great place filled with salt-of-the-earth folks who have the same values we have,” according to the release.

A ground breaking for the Co-Op District, which includes four grain silos that have been preserved, took place in November.

A new City Hall — planned to be the anchor tenant of the Co-Op District — is anticipated to open within a year.

Information was not immediately available Monday about the projected opening date for Southside Market and Barbeque.

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