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

Colton House luxury hotel planned for South Congress Avenue
 Austin’s hotel boom shows no signs of letting up. The latest example: Developers have started work on an 80-room luxury hotel in South Austin. The Colton House is going up at 2510 S. Congress Ave., near West Oltorf Street. The site had previously been occupied by the Taste of China Express restaurant. It’s set to debut in fall...

Posted: 5 hours ago

Austin’s hotel boom shows no signs of letting up. The latest example: Developers have started work on an 80-room luxury hotel in South Austin. The Colton House is going up at 2510 S. Congress Ave., near West Oltorf Street. The site had previously been occupied by the Taste of China Express restaurant. It’s set to debut in fall...
Austin solar firm lights up the lives of Haitian orphans
 More than 7 million Haitians lack access to electricity. Residents of one orphanage there are now no longer a part of that eye-opening statistic thanks to an Austin company’s efforts. A crew from Freedom Solar traveled to the island nation recently to install an off-the-grid solar array that will power A Child’s Hope, an orphanage...

Posted: 7 hours ago

More than 7 million Haitians lack access to electricity. Residents of one orphanage there are now no longer a part of that eye-opening statistic thanks to an Austin company’s efforts. A crew from Freedom Solar traveled to the island nation recently to install an off-the-grid solar array that will power A Child’s Hope, an orphanage...
Domain, Domain Northside add trendy new tenants
 The Domain continues to be a hot spot for new-to-Austin retail concepts. The latest addition is Vince, which sells an assortment of clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women. “Over the past several months we have made great strides in advancing our retail expansion strategy due largely to the strength of our product assortment...

Posted: a day ago

The Domain continues to be a hot spot for new-to-Austin retail concepts. The latest addition is Vince, which sells an assortment of clothing, shoes and accessories for both men and women. “Over the past several months we have made great strides in advancing our retail expansion strategy due largely to the strength of our product assortment...
2 West Austin office buildings change hands
 Two West Austin office buildings are under new ownership. Rockpoint has acquired Las Cimas II and Las Cimas III, at Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), from GLL. GLL had owned the buildings since 2013. HFF represented GLL in the transaction. A purchase price was not disclosed. The Travis Central Appraisal District valued...

Posted: 3 days ago

Two West Austin office buildings are under new ownership. Rockpoint has acquired Las Cimas II and Las Cimas III, at Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), from GLL. GLL had owned the buildings since 2013. HFF represented GLL in the transaction. A purchase price was not disclosed. The Travis Central Appraisal District valued...
Tuesday Tech Crawl: Prime Day glitches, Dell growth, Netflix woes
 Happy Tuesday! Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following today: Amazon Prime Day got off to a rocky start Monday. The e-commerce site was down for a good chunk of the afternoon, apparently overwhelmed by visitors in search of bargains. The 36-hour sale wraps up today.  Round Rock-based Dell Technologies shipped 10...

Posted: 3 days ago

Happy Tuesday! Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following today: Amazon Prime Day got off to a rocky start Monday. The e-commerce site was down for a good chunk of the afternoon, apparently overwhelmed by visitors in search of bargains. The 36-hour sale wraps up today.  Round Rock-based Dell Technologies shipped 10...
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: 7 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: 7 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: 8 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: 8 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: 8 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: 8 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...