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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

2 more Blue Bell flavors return to stores this week
 Blue Bell’s slow return to normalcy continues following a nationwide recall prompted by listeria fears nearly two years ago, with the Brenham-based creamery rolling out two more flavors this week. Lime sherbet and orange sherbet are both once again available beginning Monday, the company said. Blue Bell has been gradually...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Blue Bell’s slow return to normalcy continues following a nationwide recall prompted by listeria fears nearly two years ago, with the Brenham-based creamery rolling out two more flavors this week. Lime sherbet and orange sherbet are both once again available beginning Monday, the company said. Blue Bell has been gradually...
New Target store near University of Texas campus delayed
 A new Target adjacent to the University of Texas campus won’t be open in time for the start of the fall semester. The small-scale store, which will be located in the Dobie Twenty21 residential and retail tower at 2021 Guadalupe St., had been slated to open in July, but that’s now been pushed back to October. A typical Target is...

Posted: 3 days ago

A new Target adjacent to the University of Texas campus won’t be open in time for the start of the fall semester. The small-scale store, which will be located in the Dobie Twenty21 residential and retail tower at 2021 Guadalupe St., had been slated to open in July, but that’s now been pushed back to October. A typical Target is...
Stores, medical condos on Travis delinquent tax list
 Travis County’s annual list of top delinquent taxpayers is out – and it includes several well-known businesses. Topping the list, with a reported $104,617.60 in delinquent property taxes, is DCM Uptown LP, developer of Verandas at Uptown at 909 Reinli St. Once an apartment complex, Verandas at Uptown is being converted to condos...

Posted: 5 days ago

Travis County’s annual list of top delinquent taxpayers is out – and it includes several well-known businesses. Topping the list, with a reported $104,617.60 in delinquent property taxes, is DCM Uptown LP, developer of Verandas at Uptown at 909 Reinli St. Once an apartment complex, Verandas at Uptown is being converted to condos...
Austin radio host Alex Jones settles suit with yogurt maker Chobani
 Austin-based radio host Alex Jones’ legal battle with yogurt maker Chobani has come to an end, according to published reports. The Los Angeles Times reports details of the settlement weren’t released, but included Jones offering up this public apology: “During the week of April 10, 2017, certain statements were made on the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin-based radio host Alex Jones’ legal battle with yogurt maker Chobani has come to an end, according to published reports. The Los Angeles Times reports details of the settlement weren’t released, but included Jones offering up this public apology: “During the week of April 10, 2017, certain statements were made on the...
7-11, medical condos, nursing home, restaurant on delinquent tax list
 Travis County’s annual list of top delinquent taxpayers is out – and it includes several well-known businesses. Topping the list, with a reported $104,617.60 in delinquent property taxes, is DCM Uptown LP, developer of Verandas at Uptown at 909 Reinli St. Once an apartment complex, Verandas at Uptown is being converted to condos...

Posted: 5 days ago

Travis County’s annual list of top delinquent taxpayers is out – and it includes several well-known businesses. Topping the list, with a reported $104,617.60 in delinquent property taxes, is DCM Uptown LP, developer of Verandas at Uptown at 909 Reinli St. Once an apartment complex, Verandas at Uptown is being converted to condos...
Struggling Sears offers space in 2 Austin stores to other retailers
 With sales continuing to sag, struggling retailer Sears is trying to bring in extra cash by leasing out large chunks of its stores to other retailers, such as Austin-based Whole Foods Market. In Austin, Sears is currently offering up half the space at two of its stores – if the price is right – through Seritage Growth Properties...

Posted: 6 days ago

With sales continuing to sag, struggling retailer Sears is trying to bring in extra cash by leasing out large chunks of its stores to other retailers, such as Austin-based Whole Foods Market. In Austin, Sears is currently offering up half the space at two of its stores – if the price is right – through Seritage Growth Properties...
Computer outage hits some Starbucks stores in Austin, elsewhere in Texas
 If your coffee-crazed coworkers are a little cranky today, cut them some slack. A computer meltdown meant many Starbucks locations nationwide – including some in Austin and surrounding areas – weren’t able to process orders for frappuccinos, caramel macchiatos and other fancy coffee drinks. The company has yet to explain...

Posted: 6 days ago

If your coffee-crazed coworkers are a little cranky today, cut them some slack. A computer meltdown meant many Starbucks locations nationwide – including some in Austin and surrounding areas – weren’t able to process orders for frappuccinos, caramel macchiatos and other fancy coffee drinks. The company has yet to explain...
With Golfsmith’s demise, Golf Galaxy steps into void
 Austin-based retailer Golfsmith is history, the victim of bankruptcy, but a number of its former stores have been scooped up by a competitor, Golf Galaxy. That includes one of Golfsmith’s two Austin locations, at 10001 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum area. Following a remodel and sign swap-outs, it debuted this month, becoming the first...

Posted: 7 days ago

Austin-based retailer Golfsmith is history, the victim of bankruptcy, but a number of its former stores have been scooped up by a competitor, Golf Galaxy. That includes one of Golfsmith’s two Austin locations, at 10001 Research Blvd. in the Arboretum area. Following a remodel and sign swap-outs, it debuted this month, becoming the first...
Austin auto sales up 8.8 percent in first quarter of 2017
 The first quarter was a strong one for Central Texas auto dealers. Sales of new cars and trucks were up 8.8 percent compared to the first three months of 2016, according to data from the Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based service that tracks those purchases in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The strong...

Posted: 9 days ago

The first quarter was a strong one for Central Texas auto dealers. Sales of new cars and trucks were up 8.8 percent compared to the first three months of 2016, according to data from the Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based service that tracks those purchases in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. The strong...