P. Terry’s now allowing pedestrians to use drive-thru windows at drive-thru-only locations

(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
(Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

P. Terry’s will now let pedestrians have access to the drive-thru windows at their three drive-thru only locations. Terrence Henry of KUT first reported the news regarding P. Terry’s compliance with City of Austin code  “25-2-813 Drive-Through Facility,” which states: “A business that has a drive-through facility but does not have walk-in service must provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians to the drive-through facility.”

Terry’s owner Patrick Terry said he had already offered the service on an “on-again, off-again basis” to pedestrians at the three locations where there is only a drive-thru window and no specific walk-up window or indoor seating.

“Instead of doing it on a sporadic basis, we will do it at all times now,” said Terry, who acknowledged he was not aware of the specific code until it was brought to his attention.

Pedestrians at the drive-thru only locations will place their order at the window, and Terry says the locations have “already marked off an area” where the customers can wait. Terry said the restaurant’s intention is to keep pedestrians and cars away from one another.

The Ben White Boulevard, 8515 Burnet Rd., and 12018 Reserach Blvd. locations are the only drive-thru only locations in the local chain.

Public transportation advocate Jace Deloney brought attention to the issue yesterday on Twitter.

Deloncey initially seems happy to the response Terry issued to Henry.

Nutty Brown Cafe moving to Round Rock; Z’Tejas gets new owners

Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Credit: Larry Kolvoord AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Longtime South Austin restaurant and music venue the Nutty Brown Café announced on Twitter that it will move to McNeil Park in Round Rock in 2017. Nutty Brown, which sits on a site recently purchased by HEB, will continue in its current location through 2016, and ownership thanked the Texas grocer for its cooperation and generosity in allowing the café to stay put through next year.


Members of the Iron Cactus ownership group and commercial real estate investment company the Stone Group have purchased Z’Tejas, which declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, according to Statesman business reporter Gary Dinges.

“We’d like to assure guests and employees that Z’Tejas will continue to remain a staple of the local community,” Iron Cactus general partner Gary Manley said in a written statement.

For the complete story, visit Statesman.com.


Two Central Texas cities named best places to open a restaurant in U.S.

In-N-Out Burger opened in Round Rock in 2013. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
In-N-Out Burger opened in Round Rock in 2013. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The booming Central Texas economy has earned the attention of NerdWallet.com. The website released a list of the 10 best large cities (50,000+) in which to open a restaurant. NerdWallet crunched data on population growth, density, restaurant sales, and personal income to determine the city’s with greatest demand.

Cedar Park, which has seen its number of restaurants double in the past five years, took the top spot on the list. Round Rock, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., came in at number five on the strength of its population growth and its “strong culinary scene that rakes in over $105 million in sales annually,” according to NerdWallet.com.

South Texas and North Texas also landed on the list, with Mission picking up the number two stop and Frisco coming in at number six.

For the complete list, which includes data on all of the cities examined, head to NerdWallet.com.