Amidst Austin’s hotel boom will stand luxury youth hostel The Native on East 4th Street right off 35. The goal of the hostel is to create what it so bluntly refers to as "a culture of Fuck Yes." In this case, this means, along with hostel rooms (yes, loft-style ones will be available), there are plans for a cafe, bar, lounge, and dedicated event spaces for art installations, bazaars, and more.
The lounge’s menu focuses on what it calls "hyper-American cuisine" (read: local) and cocktails. There will be a community kitchen for guests' use, which is also available for new chefs to cook pop-up brunches and dinners. Aesthetic details include a glass ceiling, with velvet, steel, and stone elements.
To help with construction costs, Native started a crowdfunding investment campaign on NextSeed. It already surpassed its goal with nearly $300,000. Investment perks include free hostel rooms and suite stays, drink tabs, and swag.
The hostel space on 807 East 4th Street is expected to soft open by December of this year. There are plans to expand to other cities throughout the country.
The group behind Native includes Michael Dickson, who owns a bunch of West 6th Street bars like Kung Fu Saloon and Brew Exchange, along with forthcoming South Lamar restaurant Eberly, and Will Steakley, who co-founded Mohawk.
The Brewer's Table and Vigilante both launched NextSeed campaigns recently to help with construction costs.