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

Conde Nast magazine says Austin hotel is best in Texas
 An Austin hotel took top honors in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler readers poll. The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St., was named the best hotel in Texas, scoring 97.02 points out of a possible 100. The music-themed hotel in the Rainey Street neighborhood debuted in late 2015, boasting 319 rooms. PHOTOS: A look inside the Hotel...

Posted: 8 hours ago

An Austin hotel took top honors in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler readers poll. The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St., was named the best hotel in Texas, scoring 97.02 points out of a possible 100. The music-themed hotel in the Rainey Street neighborhood debuted in late 2015, boasting 319 rooms. PHOTOS: A look inside the Hotel...
Changes at KUT: More news on weekends, new reporter hired
 Claire McInerny (KUT photo) With “Car Talk” wrapping up production after 30 years on the air, 90.5 KUT-FM has made some adjustments to its weekend schedule. The new weekend lineup, which took effect this month, features eight additional hours of news programming and new time slots
            for a number of shows. “Weekend...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Claire McInerny (KUT photo) With “Car Talk” wrapping up production after 30 years on the air, 90.5 KUT-FM has made some adjustments to its weekend schedule. The new weekend lineup, which took effect this month, features eight additional hours of news programming and new time slots for a number of shows. “Weekend...
LA Fitness plans new gym in Cedar Park
 LA Fitness is continuing its push into Central Texas, unveiling plans this week to build a new location in Cedar Park. The 34,000-square-foot gym will serve as anchor of Cedar Park Plaza, a strip center at the northeast corner of Whitestone Boulevard and Bagdad Road. “As LA Fitness continues to expand in North and Central Texas, this...

Posted: a day ago

LA Fitness is continuing its push into Central Texas, unveiling plans this week to build a new location in Cedar Park. The 34,000-square-foot gym will serve as anchor of Cedar Park Plaza, a strip center at the northeast corner of Whitestone Boulevard and Bagdad Road. “As LA Fitness continues to expand in North and Central Texas, this...
Kendra Scott files lawsuit over competitor’s ‘highly similar’ logo
 Austin jewelry maker Kendra Scott has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a competitor of trademark infringement and reneging on an earlier agreement intended to keep the matter from trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Austin, Kendra Scott Inc. accuses Evereve Inc. of using a medallion-shaped logo similar to the one Kendra Scott Inc...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin jewelry maker Kendra Scott has filed a federal lawsuit accusing a competitor of trademark infringement and reneging on an earlier agreement intended to keep the matter from trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Austin, Kendra Scott Inc. accuses Evereve Inc. of using a medallion-shaped logo similar to the one Kendra Scott Inc...
German grocer Aldi sets opening date for first Austin-area store
 Aldi has set an opening date for its new store in Pflugerville – marking the discount grocer’s first foray into the Austin mero area. The store, at 1415 FM 685, will make its debut Nov. 2, the chain said Monday. “We’re thrilled to join the Pflugerville community and offer customers the benefits of the Aldi...

Posted: 2 days ago

Aldi has set an opening date for its new store in Pflugerville – marking the discount grocer’s first foray into the Austin mero area. The store, at 1415 FM 685, will make its debut Nov. 2, the chain said Monday. “We’re thrilled to join the Pflugerville community and offer customers the benefits of the Aldi...
German grocer Aldi sets opening date for first Austin-area store
 Aldi has set an opening date for its new store in Pflugerville – the discount grocer’s first location in the Austin area. The store, at 1415 FM 685, will make its debut Nov. 2, the chain said Monday. “We’re thrilled to join the Pflugerville community and offer customers the benefits of the Aldi shopping experience...

Posted: 2 days ago

Aldi has set an opening date for its new store in Pflugerville – the discount grocer’s first location in the Austin area. The store, at 1415 FM 685, will make its debut Nov. 2, the chain said Monday. “We’re thrilled to join the Pflugerville community and offer customers the benefits of the Aldi shopping experience...
Evening news anchor Shannon Wolfson leaving KXAN

Posted: 4 days ago

KXAN news anchor Shannon Wolfson will be leaving the city’s NBC affiliate later this year. Wolfson, who co-anchors with Robert Hadlock at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KXAN and at 9 p.m. on sister station KNVA, is set to depart in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling. “If I were to continue in...
Mom-and-mom pet shop does battle with the big boys
 Family owned businesses doing battle with the big chains is nothing new. We’ve seen it happen numerous times, perhaps most notably with mega-retailer Wal-Mart in communities big and small nationwide. Now, the owners of a Central Texas pet supply store say they’re the ones struggling to survive, thanks to two new competitors on...

Posted: 5 days ago

Family owned businesses doing battle with the big chains is nothing new. We’ve seen it happen numerous times, perhaps most notably with mega-retailer Wal-Mart in communities big and small nationwide. Now, the owners of a Central Texas pet supply store say they’re the ones struggling to survive, thanks to two new competitors on...
After accusations of racism, Unbarlievable’s sales plummet: state data
 Alcohol sales at a Rainey Street bar accused of racism this summer have plummeted in recent months, state data show. Unbarlievable, 76 Rainey St., opened in March, serving $353,561 worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks during its first month in operation, according to an American-Statesman analysis. Sales peaked the next month, with...

Posted: 6 days ago

Alcohol sales at a Rainey Street bar accused of racism this summer have plummeted in recent months, state data show. Unbarlievable, 76 Rainey St., opened in March, serving $353,561 worth of beer, wine and mixed drinks during its first month in operation, according to an American-Statesman analysis. Sales peaked the next month, with...
Fox 7 promotes from within to fill ‘Good Day’ anchor slot
 Tania Ortega (Fox 7 photo) Reporter Tania Ortega, a regular presence on Fox 7’s morning newscasts for almost five years now, is taking over as anchor
            of the weekend editions of “Good Day Austin.” Ortega replaces Ann Wyatt Little, who recently left to work as an anchor/reporter at sister Fox station WJZY in Charlotte...

Posted: 8 days ago

Tania Ortega (Fox 7 photo) Reporter Tania Ortega, a regular presence on Fox 7’s morning newscasts for almost five years now, is taking over as anchor of the weekend editions of “Good Day Austin.” Ortega replaces Ann Wyatt Little, who recently left to work as an anchor/reporter at sister Fox station WJZY in Charlotte...
Demolition begins at site of new SXSW high-rise in downtown Austin
 Demolition work has started at the site of South by Southwest’s new headquarters in downtown Austin. An entity linked to the festival bought a two-story building at 1400 Lavaca St. in 2015, announcing plans about a year later to replace it with a 12-story tower.  The Texas Restaurant Association, previous owner of the property...

Posted: 9 days ago

Demolition work has started at the site of South by Southwest’s new headquarters in downtown Austin. An entity linked to the festival bought a two-story building at 1400 Lavaca St. in 2015, announcing plans about a year later to replace it with a 12-story tower.  The Texas Restaurant Association, previous owner of the property...