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

Army: Quality of life, tech culture helped Austin land Futures Command
 The same things — quality of life, innovation, civic support, higher education facilities – that have helped attract countless businesses to Austin also played a key role in the city landing the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command center. The facility, which will ultimately employ 500 enlisted and civilian workers, is expected...

Posted: 2 days ago

The same things — quality of life, innovation, civic support, higher education facilities – that have helped attract countless businesses to Austin also played a key role in the city landing the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command center. The facility, which will ultimately employ 500 enlisted and civilian workers, is expected...
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Officials react to Austin landing Futures Command
 A number of officials are weighing in on the U.S. Army’s decision to locate its new Futures Command here in Austin. Here’s some of what they had to say: Gov. Greg Abbott: “The legacy of America’s freedom depends in part on the ability of our Armed Forces to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, expand...

Posted: 3 days ago

A number of officials are weighing in on the U.S. Army’s decision to locate its new Futures Command here in Austin. Here’s some of what they had to say: Gov. Greg Abbott: “The legacy of America’s freedom depends in part on the ability of our Armed Forces to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, expand...
Report: Austin selected as site of Army’s new Futures Command center
 The U.S. Army has selected Austin as the site for its high-tech Futures Command center, according to published reports. The Bloomberg news service was first to report the development Thursday. Austin had been one of five finalists, along with Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C. The Futures Command center will focus on modernizing...

Posted: 3 days ago

The U.S. Army has selected Austin as the site for its high-tech Futures Command center, according to published reports. The Bloomberg news service was first to report the development Thursday. Austin had been one of five finalists, along with Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, N.C. The Futures Command center will focus on modernizing...
Army confirms Austin selected as site of Futures Command center
 9 a.m. Friday update: The U.S. Army has confirmed that Austin will be home to its new Futures Command. In a televised news conference Friday morning, Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy cited a number of reasons Austin was selected, including quality of life, innovation, civic support and higher education. “The choice was very difficult...

Posted: 3 days ago

9 a.m. Friday update: The U.S. Army has confirmed that Austin will be home to its new Futures Command. In a televised news conference Friday morning, Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy cited a number of reasons Austin was selected, including quality of life, innovation, civic support and higher education. “The choice was very difficult...
Austin-based Favor makes 10 millionth delivery
 Favor, the Austin-based company acquired this year by H-E-B, hit a major milestone Thursday, making its 10 millionth delivery. That delivery – an order of crab rangoon and ginger broccoli stir fry with pork from local chain Mama Fu’s Asian House – was made right here in Austin.  The 10 millionth delivery comes just...

Posted: 3 days ago

Favor, the Austin-based company acquired this year by H-E-B, hit a major milestone Thursday, making its 10 millionth delivery. That delivery – an order of crab rangoon and ginger broccoli stir fry with pork from local chain Mama Fu’s Asian House – was made right here in Austin.  The 10 millionth delivery comes just...
Report: Austin is state’s healthiest retail market
 Despite several recent high-profile closures – and more still on the horizon – the Central Texas retail sector continues to be red hot. A new report from Weitzman, a commercial real estate firm with offices across Texas, found that Austin’s 96.1 percent retail occupancy rate is the state’s highest – and one of...

Posted: 4 days ago

Despite several recent high-profile closures – and more still on the horizon – the Central Texas retail sector continues to be red hot. A new report from Weitzman, a commercial real estate firm with offices across Texas, found that Austin’s 96.1 percent retail occupancy rate is the state’s highest – and one of...
Report: SXSW’s 2018 economic impact was $350.6 million
 The 2018 South by Southwest festivals had a $350.6 million impact on Austin’s economy, according to a new report released Monday. That’s an increase of just less than 1 percent compared to 2017, when the total was $348.6 million. The Austin City Limits Music Festival, by comparison, had an estimated impact of $255 million on Austin&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

The 2018 South by Southwest festivals had a $350.6 million impact on Austin’s economy, according to a new report released Monday. That’s an increase of just less than 1 percent compared to 2017, when the total was $348.6 million. The Austin City Limits Music Festival, by comparison, had an estimated impact of $255 million on Austin&rsquo...
3 Austin-area apartment complexes under new ownership
 Three Central Texas apartment complexes have changed hands. Tacara Steiner Ranch, a 246-unit project at 4306 N. Quinlan Park Road in Steiner Ranch, sold for $47.9 million, according to securities filings. TH Real Estate was the buyer; San Antonio-based Casey Development Limited was the seller. JLL represented the seller in the transaction...

Posted: 7 days ago

Three Central Texas apartment complexes have changed hands. Tacara Steiner Ranch, a 246-unit project at 4306 N. Quinlan Park Road in Steiner Ranch, sold for $47.9 million, according to securities filings. TH Real Estate was the buyer; San Antonio-based Casey Development Limited was the seller. JLL represented the seller in the transaction...
San Marcos shopping center has new owner
 A San Marcos shopping center is under new ownership. NAI Partners’ Investment Fund II now owns San Marcos Place, a 73,105-square-foot center at 900 Bugg Lane. The center had been owned by Robb Lane Limited, an Austin firm, according to Hays Central Appraisal District records. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed, although the appraisal...

Posted: 7 days ago

A San Marcos shopping center is under new ownership. NAI Partners’ Investment Fund II now owns San Marcos Place, a 73,105-square-foot center at 900 Bugg Lane. The center had been owned by Robb Lane Limited, an Austin firm, according to Hays Central Appraisal District records. A purchase price wasn’t disclosed, although the appraisal...
SXSW’s 2018 economic impact: $350.6 million
 The 2018 South by Southwest festivals had a $350.6 million impact on Austin’s economy, according to a new report released Monday. That’s an increase of just less than 1 percent compared to 2017, when the total was $348.6 million. “SXSW is a quintessential Austin story,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. “Starting...

Posted: 7 days ago

The 2018 South by Southwest festivals had a $350.6 million impact on Austin’s economy, according to a new report released Monday. That’s an increase of just less than 1 percent compared to 2017, when the total was $348.6 million. “SXSW is a quintessential Austin story,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said. “Starting...
Austin’s Kendra Scott, other firms aid Puerto Rico hurricane victims
 Nine months after Hurricane Maria ripped into Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents are still working to get their lives back in order. The storm left many homeless, while others are still waiting for power to be restored. In hospitals, meanwhile, a number of the injured are struggling to recover from injuries they received. Several...

Posted: 10 days ago

Nine months after Hurricane Maria ripped into Puerto Rico, many of the island’s residents are still working to get their lives back in order. The storm left many homeless, while others are still waiting for power to be restored. In hospitals, meanwhile, a number of the injured are struggling to recover from injuries they received. Several...