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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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Iconic Austin drive-in restaurant shifts gears to open first new location in 48 years

By CultureMap Austin

It took almost 50 years, but Top Notch Burgers is finally getting a second location. The Austin institution is headed to the suburbs with an outpost in Hutto set to open in early 2020.

According to a release, the restaurant has signed on with Hutto Co-Op District, currently under construction on U.S. Highway 79. The ambitious development is a reimagined Main Street for the city, compete with a new city hall.

Founded in 1971 by Ray and Frances Stanish, Top Notch is one of the city’s most recognizable dining landmarks. The signage, car hop stations, and dining room has remained virtually untouched throughout the decades. In fact, keeping things the same was a stipulation when the Stanish family sold the spot to Phillip Santa Cruz and Kelly Chappell in 2010.

Its time capsule authenticity made it a natural choice when director Richard Linklater was scouting for locations for his 1993 cult hit Dazed and Confused. Chappell and Santa Cruz, whose families also own Zocalo and Galaxy Cafe, plan to bring the same ‘70s vibe to the new construction.

The building will be modern with more windows for natural light, but design elements and materials from the original — including the iconic sign — will be brought to Hutto. And, yes, it will still be a drive-in.

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