A Mix of Old And New Austin Venues Will Open Doors Soon

March 9, 2015 by Kate Harrington

Hotspots from both old and new Austin have been sharing headlines recently.

News came out that famed blues club Antone’s will reopen in downtown Austin, while the more recently-relocated Lustre Pearl also announced it will also reopen soon, with locations on Rainey Street and on East Cesar Chavez Street. Further south, the South Congress Hotel announced that it will open its doors this summer.

Antone’s will open this July on East Fifth Street, in a building formerly occupied by Maxey Glass. The new home is blocks away from its original location, and will include two floors of performance, retail, and extra event space.

Antone’s co-owner Will Bridges told the Austin Chronicle that bringing the club back to its downtown roots was a priority.

“There’s no amount of money or development that will make or break Downtown,” Bridges told the Chronicle. “What it needs is cultural investment and that’s our generation’s responsibility. If we don’t roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty now, we’re really not going to like what Downtown’s become in 20 years.”

Lustre Pearl rendering
A sign in front of the new Lustre Pearl location on Rainey Street shows a rendering of the renovated bungalow.

Lustre Pearl will also be returning close to its original home. The new location is undergoing renovations at 94 Rainey Street, and will open in the late summer or early fall. The original bungalow that housed Lustre Pearl has relocated from its spot on Rainey Street to Linden Street, near East Cesar Chavez, and will open this summer.

The hotel that has been taking shape where the South Congress Food Trailer Park used to be, South Congress Hotel, will also open its doors this summer. The hotel features 71 rooms and ground floor retail and restaurants.

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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.