Downtown Austin’s State Theatre Reopening To Performances

Downtown Austin’s State Theatre Reopening To Performances

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.

Ringside @ Sullivans Being Torn Down?

Ringside @ Sullivans Being Torn Down?

Thanks to a friendly tip directing us to a facebook update by Curtain Call, the popular Ringside lounge, next to Sullivans, in downtown Austin’s Warehouse District could be torn down.  According to the update demolition could begin as soon as Monday.  I used to go to Ringside quite a bit, and have lots of good memories from that place.

“We have been informed that Ringside at Sullivan’s is going to be torn down (starting Monday) in order to make way for a new bar/restaurant that will be a cousin establishment to Sullivan’s.”

No news on what the new concept will be, so if you have an info on that please use the comments.

-Jude

Spotted: New Bar Coming to Rainey Street Neighborhood

Spotted: New Bar Coming to Rainey Street Neighborhood

No, not that one.  Or that one.  Not these, either.  Another one…

East Avenue Lounge, located along frontage road at 90 N IH-35 (aka East Ave), has posted their TABC application notice.  This is an interesting property.  It faces I-35. It has an upper and lower porch. In fact, it’s the only legacy two story structure in the area – a defining characteristic that hopefully will be embraced with creative uses and design. The proprietors will likely benefit from lots of “on the way home” traffic.  While inside the boundaries of downtown Austin’s Rainey Street neighborhood, this structure is located outside of the Rainey Street Historic District.



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Downtown Austin’s W Hotel Trace MENU & La Condesa New Lunch Menu Items

Downtown Austin’s W Hotel Trace MENU & La Condesa New Lunch Menu Items

The W's Restaurant "Trace"

Just a week or so ago, The W Austin Hotel in downtown Austin held it’s grand opening.  Boy, that place is nice.  Jude and I visited the lounge areas and had dinner at Trace (link to Yelp reviews) on our visit.  The decor is swank, and the menu is trendy.  The dinner menu is separated into five categories: foraged, farmed, crafted, hunted, or shared, and the hotel restaurant has even hired an official forager, Valerie Broussard, to select local produce for the plates.

A little pricey for some plates and a little small on the portion sizes (which, honestly – is to be expected, this is a *fancy* hotel restaurant, after all), but delicious overall.  I had the Winter’s Garden salad, the Pumpkin Agnolotti, a basket of fries (from the bar menu – which I don’t have), and a glass of Merlot, all wonderful – the cost was about $35 + tip.  Here are the menus – breakfast, lunch, and dinner (they apparently change fairly frequently, maybe seasonally?,  – but this should give an idea on food type and price range) To enlarge each image, click once on the image to get to the image page, then click the image again.  More after the jump.

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