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Austin's Russian House restaurant changes name in solidarity with Ukraine

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The Russian House of Austin will officially operate as “The House” from now on, a decision prompted after Russia’s attack and invasion on Ukraine.

Owner Varda Monamour said she made the “tough” decision in solidarity with Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in the early morning of Feb. 24, feeling the House should be a welcoming symbol to all.

The Russian House, located on East 5th Street downtown, has been operating for more than 10 years; it serves eastern European and Slavic dishes and flexes over a 100 infused vodkas.

Letters from the sign were taken down on Sunday. Monamour said the decision was also made in solidarity with Russians who don’t support the war, as well as for the people of Austin to understand her stance.

Since changing the name, Monamour said she has seen an outpouring of support from the community and Austin's Ukraine community.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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