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Meet the three Austinites looking for love on this season's 'The Bachelorette'

Austinites Brandon Kieffer, Daniel Tully and Nayte Olukoya are looking for love on this season of ABC's "The Bachelorette." (ABC)

What happens when a firefighter, a brand manager and a sales executive from Austin walk into the first episode of The Bachelorette?

These three Austinites are hoping for a rose—and love—as they fight for 2021 Bachelorette star Michelle Young's heart when the show premieres on Oct. 19.

According to the official bachelor lineup announced by ABC on Monday, 29-year-old Brandon Kieffer is a "polished Southern gentleman" who hopes to Cha-Cha Slide into Young's heart. The Vanderbilt grad is now a brand manager for health-conscious popcorn brand SkinnyPop and is looking for a love that is "playful and feisty" that makes "even the most mundane of moments special." The business-savvy Southeast Texas native is keen on using his success to one day deliver someone an oversized check for "a life-changing amount of money."

Rumors already abound for Canadian transplant Nayte Olukoya, who was spotted on a date with Young on a pontoon boat on Aug. 17. An Eastern Washington University grad, Olukoya was a bartender before working his way up the ladder to a senior account executive for Austin-based Indeed this year. Nayte won't be Cha-Cha sliding (he "can't dance to save his life") but he does "have a smile that sparkles like the stars." The six-foot-eight 27-year-old may appear to have missed his true athletic calling, but the "Adonis of a man" is still looking for a "teammate for life."

Like fellow Texan contestant PJ Henderson, 26-year-old Daniel Tully is a firefighter that "brings the heat in all aspects of his life." His childhood dream was firefighting, but his true passion is being an uncle to his four nieces. Like former athlete Young, Tully is a competitor—he's a "Connect 4 champ" who "loves that Michelle seems to have that same competitive spirit that he does." He asks the real questions, like whether aliens really exist, but he's serious about settling down and starting a family with a woman "that always keeps him on his toes."

Austin has a storied history with The Bachelor franchise; in 2019, Austinite Cam Ayala received the first rose from Bachelorette Hannah Young, Chef Page Pressely was on Claire Crawford's season in 2020, and former NFL linebacker and UT graduate Emmanuel Acho was an interim host for The Bachelor: After the Final Rose episode in March.

This Austin trio hopes to continue that trend as the season premieres on ABC starting October 19.


1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.