Second Bar + Kitchen is aptly named for it’s Congress Ave @ Second Street location. But don’t think for a second that the food isn’t first-rate (wakka wakka!).
On a whim, I ventured over to Second a couple of Sundays ago (after a morning coffee at the Austonian’s Caffe Medici) and was pleasantly surprised by the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I was seated on the second story, which was a small, covered balcony with simple tables and faux grass carpeting: [Read more...]
Just in time for SXSW, Caffe Medici opens its third location. Located in the Austonian on Congress Ave, I was immediately impressed with the finish out. Great layout, great light, great coffee. We’ll soon need to update our Best Coffee Shops In Austin list. A couple of quick android pics after the jump. [Read more...]
Perhaps you’ve noticed the elegant fashions in the window next to Annie’s on an evening stroll down Congress Avenue. Perhaps you’ve seen the sign with the simple, but apt, words “Dress Shop.”
Perhaps you haven’t.
But you should.
Dress Shop is, you guessed it, a dress shop selling dresses, jewelry, handbags, and ladies undergarments. It’s located 315 Congress Avenue, right above the Elephant Room, and just south of Annie’s. And the dresses are [Read more...]
I was thrilled to see the State Theatre sign illuminated (again) nast night,… I can’t remember the last time I saw it turned on. This particular sign – its scale, its history – adds so much life to Congress Avenue. It’s easier to see at night than during the day when a tree blocks part of the signage. Last night’s featured guest, Christopher Titus, was the the first stage performance in several years.
Downtown Austin Blog learned this past May about a project to erect a boutique hotel over what is currently Sky Lounge. Known simply as “416 Congress” we now have images and renderings from Dick Clark architecture that will be presented to the Downtown Commission. The proposal calls for 130 rooms and 26 stories. Downtown Austin rarely sees tall mid-block construction.
This could be a harbinger for more mid-block development and we hope the city supports the concept, not that it’s perfect. Expect some discussion around parking and sidewalk width. The site is not encumbered by a Capitol View Corridor, but there are setback requirements. The developer is seeking CBD-CURE zoning in order to bump the FAR from 8:1 to 13:1.
More info and pics after the jump. [Read more...]
I’ve never been inside downtown Austin’s State Theatre – the Paramount Theatre’s sister stage located adjacent to the north. Years ago, the State Theatre flooded, and hadn’t returned to hosting performances (to my knowledge). If this performance info is accurate, Chris Titus’s appearance on February 1st will be first performance in nearly five years.
I hope this is a sign of more showcase performances at the State. Either way, this is a step in the right direction for a historic Congress Avenue theatre.