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Community Impact – Mexican restaurant coming to Hutto’s Co-Op District to be called Cocina Jalisco Sports Bar & Grill

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Announced in January as an unnamed project, the restaurant will include an outdoor patio and bar area with space for live music and will serve authentic, handcrafted Mexican food. Construction is underway on Cocina Jalisco Sports Bar & Grill, and it is expected to open in late 2022.

The restaurant will offer authentic, handcrafted Mexican food with live music, an outdoor patio area and a bar, according to the release. It is slated to open in late 2022 and employ 40-60 people.

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Community Impact – New Mexican Restaurant to be Next Addition to Hutto’s Co-Op District

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“We’ve been on the lookout for a premiere restaurant location in Hutto for years because of the genuine, down-to-earth residents and the city’s continued growth and opportunities,” Fernandez said in a press release announcing the project.

The restaurant will offer authentic, handcrafted Mexican food with live music, an outdoor patio area and a bar, according to the release. It is slated to open in late 2022 and employ 40-60 people.

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Southside Market Opens in Hutto

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

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

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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

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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

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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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Iconic Austin restaurant Top Notch Burgers to open its second location in Hutto

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MA Partners, developers of the Co-Op District in Hutto, announced Feb. 21 that Top Notch Burgers is going to open its second location in the mixed-use development. This is the first expansion for Top Notch Burgers, which has been in business since 1971.

“We know plenty of folks in Hutto who drive to Austin just to visit Top Notch, and we envision being met by friendly faces the day we open our doors,” said Kelly Chappell, owner of Top Notch Burgers.

Top Notch Burgers is known for its classic diner-style menu with drive-in style eating and car hops. The iconic Austin burger joint was also featured in the hit 1993 movie “Dazed and Confused”.

Chappell told Community Impact Newspaper that he expects Top Notch Burgers to open its Hutto location by early 2020. The restaurant’s patio will overlook the Co-Op District’s amphitheater in the development’s western section, according to Chappell.

The new Hutto location will closely resemble the iconic Top Notch Burgers on Burnet Road in Austin, complete with car hops and drive-in ordering, Chappell stated.

“I want to stay as true to the original design as possible, down to the brick and the booth and the decor inside,” Chappell said. “I really believe that we have something special and it is authentic. Why would we try to change that?”

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Hutto ISD receives highest classification in state financial accountability rating

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Amid a 5-year enrollment growth of more than 20 percent, Hutto ISD scored among the top of all school districts in Texas in the state’s Financial Integrity Rating System, the district announced Thursday night.

Hutto ISD received a “superior” rating in the financial accountability test, scoring 96 points out of a possible 100.

The Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, scores school districts across 15 separate indicators of fiscal accountability.

Those indicators identify a district’s financial stability in terms of debt, cash-on-hand, administrative costs, payment compliances, assets, enrollment and analysis from an independent auditor.

“Hutto ISD received the highest possible rating,” Jeffri Orosco, director of finance for Hutto ISD, said Thursday night.

The school district received two scores of 8 out of 10 on just two indicators, the only ratings on which the district was docked points.

Those two indicators rated whether the number of days of cash on hand and current investments for the school are sufficient to cover operating expenditures and whether the ratio of current assets to liabilities are healthy enough to cover short-term debt.

According to financial documents provided to the state, Hutto ISD has $12.7 million in cash-on-hand and equivalents, with $59.97 million in total expenditures. Further, Hutto ISD currently holds $34.99 million in assets and $11.8 million in liabilities.

“There’s a lot of indicators here that take into effect our growth,” said Glenn Graham, chief financial officer for Hutto ISD. “The state understands when you take on a lot of growth, you take on a lot of debt.”

Orosco told the Board of Trustees tonight that the school district has experienced a growth of 20.52 percent growth in students in the past five years.

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BREAKING: California manufacturer lands in Hutto

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The city of Hutto Thursday night announced another California-based manufacturer is relocating to Texas.

Officials from AEND Industries Inc., a high-end performance polyurethane wheel manufacturing company, revealed Thursday that the company is relocating its headquarters and operations to Hutto. The company will open its doors Jan. 1, according to owner Neal Piper.

“We’re excited to come to Texas,” Piper said at Thursday night’s Hutto City Council meeting. “It is business friendly here and we’re ready for that.”

AEND Industries is building a new 19,200 square foot manufacturing facility at North Town Commons Business Park, located at the southeast corner of FM 1660 North and Limmer Loop. The company will open its doors Jan. 1, according to owner Neal Piper.

The manufacturer, which is relocating from Huntington Beach, California, produces specialty wheels for skateboards, inline skates, wheelchair wheels, derby wheels and more.

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Entertainment anchor for the Co-Op District announced Thursday night in Hutto

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Flix Brewhouse was announced as the Co-Op District’s entertainment complex at Thursday night’s Hutto City Council meeting.

Hutto Economic Development Corporation Chair Bill Gravell and Flix Brewhouse Senior Vice President Real Estate and Brand Development Matt Silvers made the announcement with a presentation for council members and the general public.

The movie theater chain offers craft beer brewed in-house as well as dining options for moviegoers. Silvers floated the possibility of brewing a “Hippo Hefeweizen” at the Hutto movie theater during his presentation.

“Flix isn’t just about beer, movies and food,” Silver said. “We have a whole bunch of alternative programming offered up.”

Silvers did not specify how many theaters and seats the Hutto Flix Brewhouse location will offer, but estimated that 6,000 to 7,000 customers will visit the site every week.

Per Gravell, Hutto’s Flix Brewhouse will be 39,000 square feet and will employ anywhere from 150 to 200 people. Part of the economic development agreement, according to the Hutto EDC chairman, mandates the movie theater hire a certain percentage of Hutto ISD and local college students.

“Every high school kid that lives in Hutto, Texas, will no longer have to go to Round Rock or Taylor for a job… they will be able to do that right here in Hutto,” Gravell said Thursday night.

This is the second tenant announced for the upcoming Co-Op District, a $210 million mixed-use development on the north side of Hwy. 79, just west of downtown Hutto.

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