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Three pickleball-themed restaurants swinging into Austin

Rendering of an Electric Pickle location. (Electric Pickle)

Pickleball, the tennis-like sport that has sparked the attention of 4.2 million U.S. players, is expanding its Austin reach with three new restaurants themed around the rapidly growing sport in the works.

The Austin Business Journal reported that California-based Eureka Restaurant Group and Rockets & Pineapples LLC has plans for three restaurant-sports complex hybrids, called the "Electric Pickle." The groups are pairing with Austin real estate developer David Kahn, a pickleball player himself, to bring the project to life.

The Cedar Park location on 580 Spanish Oaks Street is set to be the first open, slated for the end of 2022. The exact locations for the other two in Bee Cave and on Burnet Road in North Austin have not been revealed, but are expected to open in 2023.

Each complex will have 12 pickleball courts, a two-story restaurant complete with a patio and rooftop bar, cornhole and bocce ball courts, a space for live music and fitness classes.

(Electric Pickle)

Co-founders Paul Frederick and Kahn said the facilities aim to be the equivalent of Top Golf for pickleball but plan to set themselves apart from such competitors by putting most of their focus on the menu and "wine country" atmosphere.

The menu will feature an array of "global comfort cuisine," ranging from tacos to burgers to Korean protein bowls.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home

So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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