Remodeled Truluck’s Open Again Downtown

June 12, 2014 by Kate Harrington

A months-long renovation has wrapped up, and Truluck’s downtown location at 401 Colorado Street has reopened for business.

The $3 million renovation added a second story to the downtown restaurant, as well as party space and a bigger lounge. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows on the new second floor give diners a glimpse of the city’s ever-changing skyline.

When Truluck’s opened its downtown location in 2000, Austin was a much smaller city – much of the existing skyline hadn’t even broken ground yet. Since then, the city’s growth has included myriad new and notable restaurants, from food trailers to nationally-celebrated establishments.

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“If you stand still in the restaurant business, the industry will pass you by,” Truluck’s Operating Partner David Tripoli told the Austin Business Journal in 2013, when the renovation was announced. “We’re going to be here for a long time. We’re part of the fabric of this community.”

Truluck’s has a second Austin location at the Arboretum in Northwest Austin. The restaurant began in Houston in the early 1990’s, and also has locations in Florida and California.

The architect for the remodel was Frank King Architects of Dripping Springs, and Houston-based Matrix Construction was the contractor.

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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.