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

Central Health parts ways with firm redeveloping Brackenridge site
 Central Health has changed course on its plans to choose one master developer to redevelop the prime six-block site in downtown Austin that was once home to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Travis County’s health district in October had selected Baltimore-based Wexford Science & Technology, one of several contenders, as its preferred...

Posted: 2 days ago

Central Health has changed course on its plans to choose one master developer to redevelop the prime six-block site in downtown Austin that was once home to University Medical Center Brackenridge. Travis County’s health district in October had selected Baltimore-based Wexford Science & Technology, one of several contenders, as its preferred...
Tuesday Tech Crawl: More Prime perks, NXP bid upped, H-E-B Go app
 Good morning! Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following. Amazon is continuing to tinker with Austin-based Whole Foods Market, which it acquired last year for $13.7 billion. Starting today, CNN Money reports Whole Foods shoppers who pay with their Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card will get 5 percent cash back. If you have...

Posted: 3 days ago

Good morning! Here's a look at some of the top tech stories we're following. Amazon is continuing to tinker with Austin-based Whole Foods Market, which it acquired last year for $13.7 billion. Starting today, CNN Money reports Whole Foods shoppers who pay with their Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card will get 5 percent cash back. If you have...
Asian grocer 99 Ranch Market sets Austin opening date
 Nearly two years after it was first announced, 99 Ranch Market is almost ready to make its debut. The Asian grocer, which has more than 40 locations nationwide, will open its doors March 3 in The Crescent, a shopping center at 6929 Airport Blvd. in North Austin. The store, the first 99 Ranch Market in Austin, has a companion liquor store...

Posted: 4 days ago

Nearly two years after it was first announced, 99 Ranch Market is almost ready to make its debut. The Asian grocer, which has more than 40 locations nationwide, will open its doors March 3 in The Crescent, a shopping center at 6929 Airport Blvd. in North Austin. The store, the first 99 Ranch Market in Austin, has a companion liquor store...
H-E-B testing app that lets you skip the checkout line
 Skipping the supermarket checkout line?  There’s an app for that.  H-E-B is testing out a new app that lets shoppers use their smartphones to scan and pay for their groceries at two of its San Antonio stores, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The H-E-B Go app creates a digital receipt that must be shown to an H-E-B...

Posted: 4 days ago

Skipping the supermarket checkout line?  There’s an app for that.  H-E-B is testing out a new app that lets shoppers use their smartphones to scan and pay for their groceries at two of its San Antonio stores, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The H-E-B Go app creates a digital receipt that must be shown to an H-E-B...
Amazon backlash? In Austin, many are ‘meh’ over HQ2 pursuit
 Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst. Depends who you ask. While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their rallying...

Posted: 7 days ago

Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst. Depends who you ask. While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their rallying...
Amazon backlash? In Austin, many are 'meh' over HQ2 pursuit
 Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst.  Depends who you ask.  While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their...

Posted: 7 days ago

Amazon’s second headquarters coming to Austin could be the best thing to ever happen to our city. Or it could be the worst.  Depends who you ask.  While residents of many of the 200-plus cities that initially submitted proposals – since whittled down to 20 finalists, including Austin – are loud and proud in their...
Shop Talk: Austin first city to get new Office Depot concept BizBox
 Office Depot executives could have chosen any city in the nation to roll out BizBox, their latest offering. But they picked Austin – and you’ll now find BizBox, which offers a variety of services to small business owners, inside 14 Central Texas Office Depot stores. The Office Depot/BizBox combo offers “everything you need...

Posted: 8 days ago

Office Depot executives could have chosen any city in the nation to roll out BizBox, their latest offering. But they picked Austin – and you’ll now find BizBox, which offers a variety of services to small business owners, inside 14 Central Texas Office Depot stores. The Office Depot/BizBox combo offers “everything you need...
H-E-B makes digital bet, buys Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it has acquired Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide delivering restaurant meals, groceries...

Posted: 8 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it has acquired Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide delivering restaurant meals, groceries...
Retailer H-E-B buying Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...

Posted: 8 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...
Retailer H-E-B buying Austin-based delivery service Favor
 Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...

Posted: 8 days ago

Already the grocer with the largest footprint – by far – in Texas, H-E-B is making a big bet on digital as it looks to ensure a future filled with continued growth. The San Antonio-based chain said Thursday that it is buying Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 runners statewide...
H-Mart, beloved Asian grocery chain, opens first Austin store Thursday
 The wait for H-Mart is almost over. The beloved Asian grocery chain will open its first Austin store Thursday at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin. Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68...

Posted: 9 days ago

The wait for H-Mart is almost over. The beloved Asian grocery chain will open its first Austin store Thursday at 11301 Lakeline Blvd. in Northwest Austin. Festivities start at 10:30 a.m. H-Mart took over a pair of storefronts previously occupied by Sports Authority and Bed Bath & Beyond and has been working for months to transform the 68...