Bridget Dunlap’s Burn Pizza + Bar on East 6th Street is now being used as a coworking space during the daytime hours thanks to a new local start-up called Switch Cowork. The company works to reimagine the empty bars and restaurants into unique shared work spaces for roving freelancers, consultants, entrepreneurs, and other digital drifters during the day. Burn Pizza is its first collaboration.
Members of Switch Cowork pay $99 per month or $20 for a day pass to work in the space. Membership benefits include coffee, cold brew, snacks, parking, wifi, charging stations, a variety of “desk” options, and exclusive specials such as free events and 15% off anything at Burn Pizza. There are no long-term commitments — members can cancel at any time.
Co-founders Christa Freehand and Jacob Morin launched Switch last Monday, followed up with a free week of coworking through that Friday. As of then, 17 people signed up for a Switch membership, reported Community Impact.
Pending on success of the pilot program at Burn Pizza, Community Impact also revealed that Switch’s expansion plans could include the newly-reopened Trackside (another Dunlap project), and The Roosevelt Room in downtown Austin. Switch members would have access to all participating restaurants and bars. Switch hopes to expand by year’s end.
Several start-ups around the country have launched similar models including Spacious in New York, which boasted Daniel Boulard’s DBGB Kitchen & Bar as its first coworking space.
Burn is open during the daytime for service on Friday through Sunday from starting at 11 a.m.
- An entrepreneur is turning unused Austin restaurant space into co-working destination during the day [Community Impact]
- Switch Cowork [Official]
- Switch Cowork [Facebook]
- Burn Pizza + Bar [Official]