Our friends at Community Impact featured the proliferation of locally-owned restaurants in their latest issue.
From the story:
Hungry motorists driving on I-35 through Round Rock have their pick of local restaurants, such as Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Kerbey Lane Cafe, or the soon-to-open Cover3 or Hopdoddy Burger Bar. What those motorists might not realize is none of those options were available in the city five years ago.
“Five years ago I would have said Round Rock was driven by I-35 and largely driven by chain-centric pads adjacent to the highway,” said Texas Restaurant Association CEO Richie Jackson. “Now you see a lot more independent or small regional chain operations coming into Round Rock and flourishing.”
Restaurant owners cite the city’s booming population, its demographics and relatively quick permitting process for opening in Round Rock.
“When I decided to open Greenhouse it was all chain restaurants,” said Rob Snow, owner and executive chef at Greenhouse Craft Food off Old Settlers Boulevard. “It’s exciting to have a few new places.”
Read the complete article here.