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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

Having a virtual reality experience at Whole Foods’ new 365 store in Cedar Park
 With just a handful of its new 365 by Whole Foods stores up and running, it’s hard – if not downright impossible – for all 87,000 Whole Foods Market employees to get to know the Austin-based chain’s newest offering. There are just three of the stores, which target cost-conscious shoppers, open now  – in...

Posted: 5 hours ago

With just a handful of its new 365 by Whole Foods stores up and running, it’s hard – if not downright impossible – for all 87,000 Whole Foods Market employees to get to know the Austin-based chain’s newest offering. There are just three of the stores, which target cost-conscious shoppers, open now  – in...
Delta adding nonstop flights between Austin and Boston
 Austin’s airport is getting nonstop flights to yet another destination. This time around, Delta Air Lines is adding service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Boston. The new flights kick off Sept. 11. Delta says service will be six days a week using newly upgraded Airbus A319 jets with free onboard entertainment offerings...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Austin’s airport is getting nonstop flights to yet another destination. This time around, Delta Air Lines is adding service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Boston. The new flights kick off Sept. 11. Delta says service will be six days a week using newly upgraded Airbus A319 jets with free onboard entertainment offerings...
Grande Communications makes 1-gigabit internet available to all Austin subscribers
 San Marcos-based Grande Communications is making 1-gigabit internet service available to all its customers in Austin and San Marcos starting Tuesday. All subscribers in Dallas, Midland and Odessa can also get the ultra-fast service now, as well, with the remaining Texas cities the company serves – including Corpus Christi, San Antonio...

Posted: 20 hours ago

San Marcos-based Grande Communications is making 1-gigabit internet service available to all its customers in Austin and San Marcos starting Tuesday. All subscribers in Dallas, Midland and Odessa can also get the ultra-fast service now, as well, with the remaining Texas cities the company serves – including Corpus Christi, San Antonio...
Whole Foods’ 365 stores set for Central Texas debut
 For years, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has worked to shed its too-expensive, “Whole Paycheck” reputation. The latest attempt is the fledgling 365 by Whole Foods Market chain, which opens its fourth store at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Cedar Park. Ahead of the opening, an estimated 3,000 people showed up Sunday for a “parking...

Posted: a day ago

For years, Austin-based Whole Foods Market has worked to shed its too-expensive, “Whole Paycheck” reputation. The latest attempt is the fledgling 365 by Whole Foods Market chain, which opens its fourth store at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Cedar Park. Ahead of the opening, an estimated 3,000 people showed up Sunday for a “parking...
Report: Albertsons considers takeover bid for Whole Foods
 Supermarket chain Albertsons is exploring a possible takeover of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, the Financial Times is reporting, citing unnamed sources. Albertsons, which operates about 2,200 stores, is controlled by buyout group Cerberus Capital Management. Cerberus has had preliminary talks with bankers about making a bid for Whole Foods...

Posted: a day ago

Supermarket chain Albertsons is exploring a possible takeover of Austin-based Whole Foods Market, the Financial Times is reporting, citing unnamed sources. Albertsons, which operates about 2,200 stores, is controlled by buyout group Cerberus Capital Management. Cerberus has had preliminary talks with bankers about making a bid for Whole Foods...
Dinges: Trevor Scott is new ‘We Are Austin’ co-host on CBS Austin
 CBS Austin has selected a new co-host for “We Are Austin,” its weekday lifestyle show. Trevor Scott slides into the chair recently vacated by Jordan Steele. His first day on air was Monday. “Trevor has called Austin home for four years now, but spent three years before that splitting his time between Oklahoma City and Austin...

Posted: 3 days ago

CBS Austin has selected a new co-host for “We Are Austin,” its weekday lifestyle show. Trevor Scott slides into the chair recently vacated by Jordan Steele. His first day on air was Monday. “Trevor has called Austin home for four years now, but spent three years before that splitting his time between Oklahoma City and Austin...
Whole Foods’ new 365 concept set to make Central Texas debut
 A Sunday parking lot party will kick off opening week festivities for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market store in Cedar Park. The free event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring food and live music. The 30,000-square-foot store – the first 365 location in Texas and the first 365 store anywhere to be built from the ground...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Sunday parking lot party will kick off opening week festivities for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market store in Cedar Park. The free event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring food and live music. The 30,000-square-foot store – the first 365 location in Texas and the first 365 store anywhere to be built from the ground...
Bikinis owner goes digital to sell Texas dance hall

Posted: 4 days ago

Austin businessman Doug Guller decided to go digital to sell off a historical Texas dance hall. Guller — who owns Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, among other business interests — listed Schroeder Hall in Goliad (near Victoria) on eBay this month, attracting 192 bids from 25 bidders. “The great thing about putting it on eBay...
Bikinis owner uses online auction to sell Texas dance hall
 A historical Texas dance hall has been sold for almost half a million dollars in an online auction. Austin businessman Doug Guller, founder of ATX Brands, listed Schroeder Hall in Goliad – 26 miles southwest of Victoria – on eBay this month, attracting 192 bids from 25 bidders. Guller had owned the dance hall, which dates back...

Posted: 4 days ago

A historical Texas dance hall has been sold for almost half a million dollars in an online auction. Austin businessman Doug Guller, founder of ATX Brands, listed Schroeder Hall in Goliad – 26 miles southwest of Victoria – on eBay this month, attracting 192 bids from 25 bidders. Guller had owned the dance hall, which dates back...
Party kicks off opening events for Cedar Park 365 by Whole Foods store
 A parking lot party Sunday will kick off opening week festivities for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market store in Cedar Park. The free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring food and live music. The 30,000-square-foot store – the first 365 location in Texas – is set to open its doors at 9 a.m. Wednesday. It’s located...

Posted: 5 days ago

A parking lot party Sunday will kick off opening week festivities for the new 365 by Whole Foods Market store in Cedar Park. The free event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring food and live music. The 30,000-square-foot store – the first 365 location in Texas – is set to open its doors at 9 a.m. Wednesday. It’s located...
Austin’s Spectrum customers could lose several Fox networks

Posted: 6 days ago

Several popular Fox-owned cable networks could soon disappear from the Spectrum cable lineup in Austin and elsewhere across the country if a long-simmering feud isn’t resolved. Those networks include FX, FXX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Fox Deportes and Fox Sports Southwest. Not affected are Fox News...