East Austin Buzz: New Restaurants and Creative Space

June 29, 2014 by Kate Harrington

The area around Austin’s east-central side has been getting a lot of buzz lately, as vertical mixed-use development Corazon rises on East 5th Street and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority just named the development team that will lead a new spate of dense development.

Big things are happening in smaller East Austin buildings, too. Two older buildings, 1914 East 6th Street and 2000 East 6th Street, recently underwent renovations and are now 100 percent leased out. The new tenants, some of whom are already in place, include creative firms and restaurants.

The Austin Business Journal reports that among the restaurants that will occupy 1914 East 6th are “a new concept called Gardener by the owners of Contigo; a second Counter Cafe; and the first retail coffee shop by Cuvee Coffee.” The United States Postal Service also plans to open a retail site in there, which will include parking.

The team behind the revamped buildings is Austin-based MP Commercial Partners. They worked with Opa Design Studio and Urbanspace Commercial to redesign and market the older buildings.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.