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

YouTube TV set to add CBS Austin to its growing lineup
 Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Austin’s CBS affiliate, has a signed a deal that will add its stations nationwide to YouTube
            TV, YouTube’s streaming TV service. A timeline for when CBS Austin will join YouTube TV, one of a growing number of web-based cable TV competitors, hasn’t been
            announced...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Austin’s CBS affiliate, has a signed a deal that will add its stations nationwide to YouTube TV, YouTube’s streaming TV service. A timeline for when CBS Austin will join YouTube TV, one of a growing number of web-based cable TV competitors, hasn’t been announced...
Dinges: CBS Austin works to find kids in foster care ‘Forever Families’
 With all the craziness in the world, it’s always nice to see news outlets devote some time to positive, upbeat stories that put a smile on your face. That’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS Austin, where the station’s new “Forever Families” franchise aims to connect Central Texas children in foster...

Posted: 2 days ago

With all the craziness in the world, it’s always nice to see news outlets devote some time to positive, upbeat stories that put a smile on your face. That’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS Austin, where the station’s new “Forever Families” franchise aims to connect Central Texas children in foster...
Chase set to close some Central Texas bank branches
 Chase is continuing to pare down the number of branches it operates in the Austin area. The banking giant confirmed Friday that it plans to close four more Central Texas branches by year’s end. It has already closed three local branches so far this year, in addition to six locations inside H-E-B stores that were shuttered in 2016. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

Chase is continuing to pare down the number of branches it operates in the Austin area. The banking giant confirmed Friday that it plans to close four more Central Texas branches by year’s end. It has already closed three local branches so far this year, in addition to six locations inside H-E-B stores that were shuttered in 2016. The...
Asking price slashed for ghost town once known as Bikinis, Texas
 The price has been slashed on a former Central Texas ghost town listed for sale earlier this year. Bankersmith – which was briefly known as Bikinis, Texas, after it was acquired by an Austin-based “breastaurant” chain – initially went on the market in January for $1.5 million. Eight months later, with no apparent takers...

Posted: 5 days ago

The price has been slashed on a former Central Texas ghost town listed for sale earlier this year. Bankersmith – which was briefly known as Bikinis, Texas, after it was acquired by an Austin-based “breastaurant” chain – initially went on the market in January for $1.5 million. Eight months later, with no apparent takers...
New owner for 2 downtown Austin hotels
 Two downtown Austin hotels have changed hands. The 134-room Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University and the 171-room Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown University, which share a building at East Eighth and Red River streets, have been acquired by Nimes Real Estate, a Los Angeles-based firm with a regional headquarters in Austin....

Posted: 6 days ago

Two downtown Austin hotels have changed hands. The 134-room Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown – University and the 171-room Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown University, which share a building at East Eighth and Red River streets, have been acquired by Nimes Real Estate, a Los Angeles-based firm with a regional headquarters in Austin....
Snap Kitchen laying off 150-plus workers in Austin, Houston
 More than 150 Snap Kitchen employees in Austin and Houston will soon see their jobs eliminated as work shifts to a new facility in North Texas. The changes won’t result in any store closures, company officials said Monday. In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Snap Kitchen said 65 Austin employees – 42 working at 4616...

Posted: 7 days ago

More than 150 Snap Kitchen employees in Austin and Houston will soon see their jobs eliminated as work shifts to a new facility in North Texas. The changes won’t result in any store closures, company officials said Monday. In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Snap Kitchen said 65 Austin employees – 42 working at 4616...
Restaurateur Mandola selling Driftwood estate for $12 million
 A 323-acre Hays County estate — owned by a well-known restaurateur — has hit the market with an eye-popping $12 million price tag. Near Driftwood at 13304 W. RM 150, Villa Antichità is owned by Damian Mandola, founder of Mandola’s Italian Market and co-founder of the Carrabba’s Italian Grill chain, and his wife...

Posted: 7 days ago

A 323-acre Hays County estate — owned by a well-known restaurateur — has hit the market with an eye-popping $12 million price tag. Near Driftwood at 13304 W. RM 150, Villa Antichità is owned by Damian Mandola, founder of Mandola’s Italian Market and co-founder of the Carrabba’s Italian Grill chain, and his wife...
Monday Tech Crawl: Doxxing Charlottesville, HBO hackers, women in tech
 Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend. Here's a look at some of the top tech stories you might have missed: Following the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, a number of amateur sleuths have turned to the web to identify those in attendance. The Twitter account @yesyoureracist shared numerous photos of protesters...

Posted: 7 days ago

Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend. Here's a look at some of the top tech stories you might have missed: Following the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, a number of amateur sleuths have turned to the web to identify those in attendance. The Twitter account @yesyoureracist shared numerous photos of protesters...
CBS Austin connecting foster children with ‘Forever Families’
 Destinee and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo) With all the craziness in the world, it’s always nice to see news outlets devote some time to positive, upbeat stories that
            puts a smile on your face. That’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS Austin, where the station’s new “Forever Families&rdquo...

Posted: 10 days ago

Destinee and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo) With all the craziness in the world, it’s always nice to see news outlets devote some time to positive, upbeat stories that puts a smile on your face. That’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS Austin, where the station’s new “Forever Families&rdquo...
Texas Tax-Free Weekend: 5 things to know before you shop
 Texas Tax-Free Weekend runs this Friday through Sunday, offering parents a chance to save a few bucks while stocking up on back-to-school essentials. Over the course of the three days, the state anticipates Texans will avoid paying $87 million in sales tax. In most cities, including Austin, shoppers will save 8.25 cents of tax for each dollar...

Posted: 11 days ago

Texas Tax-Free Weekend runs this Friday through Sunday, offering parents a chance to save a few bucks while stocking up on back-to-school essentials. Over the course of the three days, the state anticipates Texans will avoid paying $87 million in sales tax. In most cities, including Austin, shoppers will save 8.25 cents of tax for each dollar...