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Spokesman Wants to Become Far South Austin’s Neighborhood Cafe

With a roastery component

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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Far south Austin will get a neighborhood cafe when Spokesman opens up down on St. Elmo Road as part of the Yard. Co-owners C.J. West and Trey Ramirez emphasize “quality first.” The name is a call for letting the cafe and its goods “speak for themselves,” explains Ramirez. That means in-house roasted coffee, curated 20 beer taps, and food, which will be determined.

Another important aspect of Spokesman will be its connection to the biking community, as can be seen with the logo. West and Ramirez see the cafe working as a hang-out for riders with stops for water, food, coffee, and beer. There are plans for hanging bike racks, too.

The warehouse building will hold the cafe up in the front, whereas the coffee magic will in the back. The cafe portion is meant to be comfortable, where people can linger with banquettes, tables, and bar seating with wood details. Parts of the roasting action will be visible to customers, to “connect to the process,” explained Ramirez. And, as it is Austin, there is a planned outdoor area. Scope out the rendering of the cafe’s interior below.

Before embarking on Spokesman, West has a thorough brewery background, from opening Uncle Billy’s, ABGB, as well as time spent at North By Northwest. Ramirez helped open Wright Bros. Brew & Brew, and then managed Home Slice.

Spokesman is planning on opening sometime in early 2017. Other food and drink neighbors in The Yard, the creative mixed-use development on St. Elmo Road include St. Elmo Brewing Co., Still Austin Distillery, Austin Winery, and a planned food truck court.

Rendering of Spokesman’s interior
Rendering of Spokesman’s interior
Rendering: Spokesman/Official


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