2021 Business of the Year
This Westie is given to a business that has been in operation for more than two years and has consistently offered outstanding service and/or product to its customers and displays a strong commitment to community involvement in the greater Westlake area.
Chinatown (CTWL) has been established in the city of Austin since 1983, and in the Westlake community since 2013. From the very first year, Chinatown became involved with the Westlake community including Eanes ISD, Westlake Chamber of Commerce, Rollingwood Police Department and the Westlake Fire department. This past October, Chinatown donated to the annual Westlake Chamber of Commerce Boat Cruise and was honored to be selected as one of the few businesses that were involved. This previous August the restaurant partnered with the Chamber and Eanes ISD to provide lunch for 750 amazing educators and administrators returning for the school year. In addition, Chinatown has supported Westlake high school Athletics, from volleyball to the basketball teams, with gift cards and by proudly posting the game schedules on their business window. This past summer, Chinatown delivered food for our hardworking Westlake/ Rollingwood first responders to enjoy at their outdoor event.
Although the restaurant has faced difficulty this year and throughout the pandemic, owner Ronald Cheng has emphasized the importance of always providing for our amazing community and appreciated the support received from the residents. This was truly important when the restaurant was shut down for "dine-in" through the peak of COVID-19. Chinatown is honored to be nominated for the "Business of the Year" award and thankful to even be considered in the top three. Mr. Cheng will continue to do their part for the many years to come as the company grows. Thank you Westlake!
Finalist: Hat Creek Burger Company
Hat Creek Burger Company is a dream of founder, Drew Gressett, that started in 2008. Giving it his everything, he opened a food trailer serving up amazing burgers, fries, and shakes. The rest is history!
After serving thousands of burgers from the beloved food trailer, Hat Creek Burger Company moved into the legendary West Lake Hills location in 2011 to bring their delicious foodstuffs to the masses. Soon enough, they were catering events all over town, partnering with organizations to provide burgers to the less fortunate and sponsoring local schools from elementary schools all the way up to Drew’s alma mater, Westlake High School (Go Chaps!).
The company's mission is to provide fellowship and fresh cheeseburgers to all who come in contact with Hat Creek, and their goal is to become the best fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant in the country while continuing to serving their communities. As they grow, these three things will never change: Hat Creek will always be a place for good food, good friends, and good fun. It’s that simple.”
Finalist: Independence Title
Independence Title has established deep roots in the Westlake community since it opened its doors in 2005. Founder Jay Southworth has put three children through the Eanes school district and has been a major supporter for almost two decades including the Eanes Education Foundation, Westlake Athletics, Eanes ISD Schools and the Westlake Chamber of Commerce. Many of the staff at Independence Title grew up in the Westlake community and still reside there today. Senior Vice President of Commercial for Independence Title, Jennifer Goodrum, and Colin Parker Commercial Business Development were raised in Westlake and both have a large presence in the community to this day. Independence Title has closed thousands of transactions in Westlake and will continue to be a major supporter of the community and the Chamber.
2021 Winner: HEB Westlake
2020 Winner: Raising's Canes
2019 Winner: Texas Honey Ham
2018 Winner: Pinkberry
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