Goodbye, Lustre Pearl, hello "Millennium Rainey." That's the tentative name of a new 250-apartment condo building to be constructed on the Lustre Pearl site. The bar's owner, Bridget "Queen of Rainey Street" Dunlap, tells the Austin Business Journal that the Lustre Pearl will just move house. Like, literally:
Dunlap said rather than using the Lustre Pearl name on a new building, she plans to move the historic coral blue bungalow to a different location. Her two other watering holes – Clive and Bar 96 – will be unaffected by the development.The 'Pearl is currently under investigation after an allegedly overserved patron crashed her car into Lady Bird Lake last year, killing a passenger; the TABC very openly wants to shut the bar down entirely. Construction for Millennium Rainey is estimated to begin in 2014.
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Lustre Pearl. [Photo: Marla C./Yelp]