It seems like empire-building Bridget Dunlap has found her niche: new sports bar, Trackside, is now open on Calles Street. It’s the entrepreneur’s second replacement for her first East Side restaurant, the shuttered Mettle.
Trackside is all about sports and games. Major sports games, from baseball to football, will be screened on television screens, and guests will be able to take their pick from the various activities like pool, dice, and cornhole. Drinks are takes on classics, like French 75s, and Austin bar food will be served, like tacos, salads, and chicken wings. The front patio will be in full use with picnic tables.
After closing Mettle earlier this year , Dunlap reinvented the space with by teaming up with food truck Baton Creole for new Cajun restaurant Ophelia. The restaurant ran for three months before closing down because "sometimes things just do not work out," according to a rep.
Trackside’s East Side siblings within the Dunlap ATX are Lustre Pearl East (the original Rainey Street building which relocated) and pizzeria Burn. Then there are Rainey Street spots Lustre Pearl, Container Bar, Clive, and Bar 96, and then over on West 6th Street with Parlor and Yard (which used to be French restaurant Arro).
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