Joe Lanane

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Joe Lanane joined Community Impact Newspaper in April 2012. He specializes in business and development news and serves as editor for the Central Austin coverage area. Lanane's previous newspaper experience includes stints in Stillwater, Okla., and Milwaukee.

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A section of Red River Street in The University of Texas campus closed down April 14 as part of a road realignment project. Northbound traffic will be diverted to Trinity Street, while southbound traffic will use the I-35 feeder road as a detour.

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Red River Street closed for realignment

Red River Street will move to its original footprint as part of a realignment project underway on The University of Texas campus. more »

Apr 14, 2014 Central Austin

Toy Joy relocated to Second Street—pictured here in December—in 2013 before closing in mid-March.

Courtesy Trevor Yopp

Toy Joy will reopen April 12

The iconic Austin operation will reopen after being closed nearly one month. more »

Apr 11, 2014 Central Austin

Austin benefits from multiple providers of gigabit-level Internet service

A competition to provide Austinites access to gigabit-level Internet speeds is creating options for many residents who previously had only one. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

Market Data—Central Austin, March 2014

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Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

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Deborah Donovan, general manager of The Frisco Shop, can be found at the kitchen window during each lunch rush.

Photo by Joe Lanane

The Frisco Shop

Longtime Austinites and curious newcomers collide at The Frisco Shop, a Burnet Road restaurant with more than 60 years of history. more »

Mar 26, 2014 Central Austin

General Manager Goodwin Clark (left) and Chef Andy Okamoto help lead Soto, a family-operated Japanese restaurant open in Lakeline Plaza since March.

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A new North Austin restaurant is attempting to create the same buzz about its Japanese fare as some of its more centrally located counterparts. more »

Oct 17, 2013 Cedar Park | Leander

Low lake levels could shut down three-city water system as soon as July 22

Lake Travis water levels are expected to drop too low for the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority water system to continue operating. The three-city water authority plans to hold a meeting July 17 to build a more drought-resistant water system. more »

Jul 16, 2013 Cedar Park | Leander (2 Comments)

Great Wall Restaurant owner Hai Lim has worked in the Austin-area restaurant industry since 1984.

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Great Wall Restaurant

If consistency is key, then Great Wall Restaurant owner Hai Lim has found a winning formula for success after more than five years of business in Leander. more »

Apr 18, 2013 Cedar Park | Leander