BY DAVID MOORE
I have been asked a lot lately about the changes on Austin Highway, so this month I took a closer look. We now know what is being built on the property next to Earl Abel’s, at least on half of the available land. Taco Cabana has put up a “We’re Hiring” sign, and the new location is closer to completion.
As far as the other piece of land, there are no signs as to what this will be. I had a conversation with James Howell, the owner of Austin Highway Vacuum Center. His business was at this location before he moved nearby. It is his understanding that a medical office will be moving to the plot in question. Along with the medical office, a few retail places will be available. No word yet on who will be filling these spaces.
Speaking of James, his store was across the street for over 20 years. His business remains one of the last vacuum repair stores inside the Loop. If some of you have wondered where he went, you will find his store near the pet hospital in the parcel where Target sits.
This brings me to the fast food restaurant across the street from Target. This took two years to build and only stayed open eight months. There have been lots of lookers, but a rumor I heard is that a major national fast-casual restaurant is taking a hard look at it. Time will tell, and as I hear more, I will keep you up
Now for Broadway … I recently ran into a friend of mine that works for Cal Atlantic Homes. She told me that they are building townhomes priced at approximately $400,000 near Taco Garage. Speaking of Taco Garage, Baby Taco Garage has opened up next to the original one.
I wish all of you a happy holiday season!
See you next month.