Gary Dinges

Entertainment/retail reporter

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman. He joined the American-Statesman in 1999 and has, over the years, worked as editor of austin360.com, a content producer on statesman.com, editor of the Lake Travis View community newspaper and a copy editor/page designer. A native of The Woodlands, just north of Houston, and a graduate of the University of Texas, Gary began his journalism career while still in high school, working as a reporter at The Woodlands Villager newspaper. While Mom and Dad are quite proud of the many awards Gary has won, they're not listed here because he’s pretty sure you couldn't care less.

Latest from Gary Dinges

Amazon backlash? In Austin, many are ‘meh’ over HQ2 pursuit
 Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst. Depends who you ask. While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their rallying...

Posted: a day ago

Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst. Depends who you ask. While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their rallying...
Amazon backlash? In Austin, many are 'meh' over HQ2 pursuit
 Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst.  Depends who you ask.  While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their...

Posted: a day ago

Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst.  Depends who you ask.  While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their...
Shop Talk: Austin first city to get new Office Depot concept BizBox
 Office Depot executives could have chosen any city in the nation to roll out BizBox, their latest offering. But they picked Austin – and you’ll now find BizBox, which offers a variety of services to small business owners, inside 14 Central Texas Office Depot stores. The Office Depot/BizBox combo offers “everything you need...

Posted: a day ago

Office Depot executives could have chosen any city in the nation to roll out BizBox, their latest offering. But they picked Austin – and you’ll now find BizBox, which offers a variety of services to small business owners, inside 14 Central Texas Office Depot stores. The Office Depot/BizBox combo offers “everything you need...
H-E-B makes digital bet, buys Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it has acquired Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide delivering restaurant meals, groceries...

Posted: 2 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it has acquired Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide delivering restaurant meals, groceries...
Retailer H-E-B buying Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...

Posted: 2 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...
Retailer H-E-B buying Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...

Posted: 2 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...
H-Mart, beloved Asian grocery chain, opens first Austin store Thursday
 The wait for H-Mart is almost over. The beloved Asian grocery chain will open its first Austin store Thursday at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin. Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68...

Posted: 3 days ago

The wait for H-Mart is almost over. The beloved Asian grocery chain will open its first Austin store Thursday at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin. Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68...
Tuesday Tech Crawl: Helping hand, Oracle accelerator, Facebook tweaks
 Good morning! Here are some tech stories we're following today: Bill and Melinda Gates have used their wealth to help battle poverty around the globe. Now, The Associated Press reports, they are focusing on the issue right here in the U.S. Before taking any action, they first plan an in-depth study of the issues impoverished Americans are...

Posted: 4 days ago

Good morning! Here are some tech stories we're following today: Bill and Melinda Gates have used their wealth to help battle poverty around the globe. Now, The Associated Press reports, they are focusing on the issue right here in the U.S. Before taking any action, they first plan an in-depth study of the issues impoverished Americans are...
Austin’s first Whole Foods 365 store planned for Plaza Saltillo
 Lots of restaurants have popped up in East Austin in recent years, offering residents a plethora of dining options – with even more on the way. But despite all that development, there are still few options for folks looking for a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other necessities to cook a made-from-scratch meal at home...

Posted: 5 days ago

Lots of restaurants have popped up in East Austin in recent years, offering residents a plethora of dining options – with even more on the way. But despite all that development, there are still few options for folks looking for a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other necessities to cook a made-from-scratch meal at home...
EXCLUSIVE: Whole Foods 365 planned for Plaza Saltillo
 Lots of restaurants have popped up in East Austin in recent years, offering residents a plethora of dining options – with even more on the way. But despite all that development, there are still few options for folks looking for a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other necessities to cook a made-from-scratch meal at home...

Posted: 5 days ago

Lots of restaurants have popped up in East Austin in recent years, offering residents a plethora of dining options – with even more on the way. But despite all that development, there are still few options for folks looking for a place to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and other necessities to cook a made-from-scratch meal at home...
Austin alcohol sales jump 11 percent in December
 December was an especially lucrative month for bars, hotels and restaurants in Austin and statewide, according to an American-Statesman analysis of state data. Citywide, alcohol sales hit $64.1 million, up 11 percent from $57.8 million during December 2016. Across Texas, bartenders poured $618.5 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks...

Posted: 8 days ago

December was an especially lucrative month for bars, hotels and restaurants in Austin and statewide, according to an American-Statesman analysis of state data. Citywide, alcohol sales hit $64.1 million, up 11 percent from $57.8 million during December 2016. Across Texas, bartenders poured $618.5 million worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks...