Coming Soon: The Changing Face Of The Railyard District

Coming Soon: The Changing Face Of The Railyard District

Let it be known as the Railyard District, that part of downtown Austin, south of 5th Street and sandwiched between Congress Ave and the Austin Convention Center.  You could straddle the convention center and include the area east, around Moonshine, too.

It’s an interesting mix of conventioneers and locals, both feeding on chicken and waffles at Max’s Wine Dive.

For decades, the district has been anchored by the Railyard condos, and recently flanked by the Four Seasons.  Soon, these will not be the only full time residences.

In the past couple of years we’ve seen improvements and new businesses open in the neighborhood, including AF1 Racing, Vince Young Steakhouse, Hank’s Garage (which is gone), and Skinny’s Ballroom.

Walking around a post-SXSW absent is the hyper-pedestrianism of the past 10 days, and I observe a “coming soon” sign.  I see more as I keep walking.  In one lap around the Railyard district, I counted nine businesses or projects “coming soon”!

Nine!

What’s COMING SOON to the Railyard District?   [Read more…]

Rivals Steakhouse Coming To 5th & Trinity

Rivals Steakhouse Coming To 5th & Trinity

I spotted this while walking this morning in the burgeoning Railyard District.

Rivals Steakhouse is under construction at the southwest corner of 5th & Trinity. This comes after more than three years of vacancy, since property owner Tim Finley refused to renew Paradox’s lease.

This isn’t the neighborhood’s vision for highest and best use of a downtown corner property, but, overall, most of the surrounding loft owners are pleased that it’s no longer vacant.

I wonder what the economics of steakhouses are because there seems to be a lot of them. If you would have asked me ten years ago where to buy a good steak in downtown Austin I would have instinctively said “Sullivans”.

 

Downtown Austin’s Railyard District Getting A New Neighbor?

Downtown Austin’s Railyard District Getting A New Neighbor?

No, we’re not talking about the news of a rekindled T. Stacy building.  Last month it was reported that Riverside Resources was under contract to buy the Whitley Building at 301 Brazos St.  The downtown Austin development site is zoned Central Business District (CBD) with no Capitol View Corridor restrictions.  According to reporter Jacob Dirr’s Twitter feed, the local development firm is planning a 20-story residential redevelopment of the site.  Dirr’s tweet also links to a rendering of the building [Read more…]