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

Hill Country Galleria adds new shops, restaurants
 The Hill Country Galleria continues to beef up its tenant roster. The Bee Cave development, which recently added an H&M store as part of a multimillion-dollar makeover, will see several new stores and restaurants open their doors in the coming weeks and months. By fall, expect to see these additions:
               A pop-up shop from athletic...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Hill Country Galleria continues to beef up its tenant roster. The Bee Cave development, which recently added an H&M store as part of a multimillion-dollar makeover, will see several new stores and restaurants open their doors in the coming weeks and months. By fall, expect to see these additions: A pop-up shop from athletic...
From Austin roots, home furnishings company Four Hands goes global
 You won’t find furniture from Four Hands only in Central Texas homes. The fast-growing business has gone global, signing deals with a number of well-known retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and West Elm. Revenue is on track to hit $160 million this year, CEO Matthew Briggs said – double what...

Posted: a day ago

You won’t find furniture from Four Hands only in Central Texas homes. The fast-growing business has gone global, signing deals with a number of well-known retailers, including Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and West Elm. Revenue is on track to hit $160 million this year, CEO Matthew Briggs said – double what...
TexHahn Media makes another deal, buying White Lion Interactive
 A Central Texas advertising, marketing and interactive firm has made its second acquisition in less than a month. TexHahn Media said Tuesday that it bought Austin-based White Lion Interactive. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. White Lion, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, was acquired in a competitive auction...

Posted: 3 days ago

A Central Texas advertising, marketing and interactive firm has made its second acquisition in less than a month. TexHahn Media said Tuesday that it bought Austin-based White Lion Interactive. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. White Lion, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, was acquired in a competitive auction...
Vancouver developer hires exec to oversee multiple Austin projects
 A Vancouver-based developer has set its sights on Central Texas and has tapped a longtime Austinite to head up its operations here. Brad Stein will serve as Intracorp’s senior vice president and managing director for Austin operations. An Austin resident since 2002, he previously worked with Forestar Group Inc. and Temple-Inland. &ldquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Vancouver-based developer has set its sights on Central Texas and has tapped a longtime Austinite to head up its operations here. Brad Stein will serve as Intracorp’s senior vice president and managing director for Austin operations. An Austin resident since 2002, he previously worked with Forestar Group Inc. and Temple-Inland. &ldquo...
Hershey buys maker of Pirate’s Booty, moving snack maker’s HQ to Austin
 Candy giant Hershey has acquired the maker of Pirate’s Booty and plans to move the snack maker’s headquarters to Austin. The purchase price is $420 million, Hershey said, and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Pirate’s Booty and related brands, including Smart Puffs and Original Tings...

Posted: 4 days ago

Candy giant Hershey has acquired the maker of Pirate’s Booty and plans to move the snack maker’s headquarters to Austin. The purchase price is $420 million, Hershey said, and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Pirate’s Booty and related brands, including Smart Puffs and Original Tings...
Groups ask Paxton to intervene in Univision, Dish Network fight
 Dish Network subscribers in Austin – and across the nation – have been without Univision-owned channels for more than two months. With little public progress in negotiations to return those networks to the satellite provider’s lineup, three organizations are now asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to “look into...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dish Network subscribers in Austin – and across the nation – have been without Univision-owned channels for more than two months. With little public progress in negotiations to return those networks to the satellite provider’s lineup, three organizations are now asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to “look into...
3 years after listeria scandal, Blue Bell back in growth mode
 Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...

Posted: 7 days ago

Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...
3 years after listeria scandal, Blue Bell back in growth mode
 Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...

Posted: 7 days ago

Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. The Brenham-based company, which got its start 111 years ago, shut down production for a time in 2015 and recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream after reports of listeria...
Destiny Chance is new Fox 7 weekend evening anchor
 Destiny Chance (Fox 7 photo) Fox 7 has promoted from within to fill a vacant anchor position. Reporter Destiny Chance has been upped to weekend evening anchor, taking over for Ashley Paredez, who has joined sister station
            KDFW in Dallas. Chance joined Fox 7 in February. “In her time here at Fox 7, Destiny has proven a desire...

Posted: 9 days ago

Destiny Chance (Fox 7 photo) Fox 7 has promoted from within to fill a vacant anchor position. Reporter Destiny Chance has been upped to weekend evening anchor, taking over for Ashley Paredez, who has joined sister station KDFW in Dallas. Chance joined Fox 7 in February. “In her time here at Fox 7, Destiny has proven a desire...
Making a difference at Dell Children’s
 Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott talks to Savanna, left, and Lillian Clark in the new Kendra Scott-themed treatment room in the Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The room, which was unveiled Tuesday, will provide privacy...

Posted: 10 days ago

Austin jewelry designer Kendra Scott talks to Savanna, left, and Lillian Clark in the new Kendra Scott-themed treatment room in the Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The room, which was unveiled Tuesday, will provide privacy...
Four new hotels coming to Pflugerville next year
 Four new hotels are on the way to the city of Pflugerville. The hotels – affiliated with the Holiday Inn Express, Home2 Suites, La Quinta del Sol and Tru brands – will be adjacent to each other at Stone Hill Town Center, at the Texas 130 and Texas 45 toll roads. Houston-based NewQuest Properties, the center’s developer,...

Posted: 12 days ago

Four new hotels are on the way to the city of Pflugerville. The hotels – affiliated with the Holiday Inn Express, Home2 Suites, La Quinta del Sol and Tru brands – will be adjacent to each other at Stone Hill Town Center, at the Texas 130 and Texas 45 toll roads. Houston-based NewQuest Properties, the center’s developer,...