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Joe Olivieri

Joe has been covering Southwest Austin news since he joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2011. His reporting focuses on new businesses, development, transportation, industry and Travis County issues. Joe hails from New Jersey. 

The El Cuban sandwich ($9) consists of roasted pork, ham and Swiss cheese on Cuban bread.

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Guantanamera

Two entrepreneurs hope to bring a taste of Cuba to Southwest Austin. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The Barn, located at 6218 Brodie Lane, is home to three food trailers and a hair salon.

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City sues food truck park for permits

The city of Sunset Valley has accused the owners of food trailer park The Barn of operating without watershed and sign permits. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From left: Bondell Zeugin and Iola Canady play rummikub, a version of the card game rummy.

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Austin area prepares for ‘silver tsunami’

Austin has a reputation as a young city, but statistics about the city’s aging population have caught civic leaders’ attention. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The Keep it Weird Taco ($3.50) is one of the restaurant’s most popular tacos, co-owner Oscar Aldama said. It features pork carnitas, potatoes, pico de gallo and Kesos’ signature sauce on a corn tortilla.

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Kesos Taco House

In a city as taco-obsessed as Austin, new taco vendors must find a way to stand out from the pack if they want to survive. more »

Mar 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

If built, the proposed SH 45 SW tollway would connect to 
Loop 1 at its intersection with SH 45 in Southwest Austin.

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SH 45 SW environmental study ends, project "cleared for construction"

​The Texas Department of Transportation has finished its environmental review of SH 45 SW, thereby allowing the project to begin final design and construction. more »

Mar 5, 2015 2:41 PM Southwest Austin 6 Comments

Courthouse project to appear on Nov. ballot

Travis County will ask voters to approve $291.6 million in bond funds to build a new civil and family courthouse in downtown Austin. more »

Feb 25, 2015 7:00 AM Northwest Austin

Courthouse vote moved to November

Travis County will ask voters to approve $291.6 million in bond funds to build a new civil and family courthouse in downtown Austin. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

If built, the proposed SH 45 SW tollway would connect to 
Loop 1 at its intersection with SH 45 in Southwest Austin.

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SH 45 SW closer to construction

SH 45 SW, the long-anticipated and controversial roadway linking Loop 1 in Southwest Austin to FM 1626 in Hays County, inched closer to construction in late January. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin 3 Comments

 Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy’s “crown jewel” is its temperature-controlled Olympic-sized pool, Marketing Manager Carrie Barrett said. Imported from Italy, the Myrtha pool is a stainless steel tub coated in plastic and features floor water jets and aerators.

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Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy

Kevin and Patti Thompson opened Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy in January with the goal of bringing Olympic coaches and rigorous training to athletes of all skill levels, Patti said. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Local schools to delay opening by two hours Feb. 24

Austin, Dripping Springs, Pflugerville and Round Rock ISD schools will operate on a delayed opening schedule Tuesday, Feb. 24, according to their respective websites. more »

Feb 23, 2015 9:49 PM Austin Metro

Mixed chicken and beef Supreme Fajitas come with additional vegetables.

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Flores Mexican Restaurant

Dec. 30 was the last day of business at Flores Mexican Restaurant’s Hwy. 290 location, and it was bittersweet for co-owner Maria Flores. more »

Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AM Lake Travis | Westlake

County sets $291.6M price tag for courthouse

Travis County Commissioners Court will ask voters to consider an estimated $291.6 million price tag for a new civil and family courthouse this November. more »

Feb 4, 2015 10:20 AM Austin Metro

The Barn is home to food trailers and a hair salon.

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The Barn

The owners of food trailer park The Barn plan to open an on-site bar to complement their four tenants. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

From the Editor

Southwest Austin January 2015 more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Mixed chicken and beef Supreme Fajitas come with additional vegetables.

Photo by Joe Olivieri

Flores Mexican Restaurant

Dec. 30 was the last day of business at Flores Mexican Restaurant’s Hwy. 290 location, and it was bittersweet for co-owner Maria Flores. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The 704

New businesses are coming to the ground-level commercial suites of apartment complex The 704. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

This rendering showcases the market’s prominent place in the project’s design.

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Market and lofts to open in 2018

Now that it has Austin City Council’s blessing to build, GroundFloor Development will spend 2015 working on site development and permitting for the proposed St. Elmo’s Market and Lofts project, GroundFloor founder Brandon Bolin said. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

The return of the multifamily residential complex

Six months after opening Abacus Southside, Property Manager Isaac San Miguel is optimistic about the future of the apartment complex. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin

Via 313 sells Detroit-style pizzas.

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Via 313

Via 313 will bring its Detroit-style pizzas, as well as a new tavern-style pizza, to Oak Hill in March, co-owner Zane Hunt said. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Southwest Austin