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Historic Austin Bar The Tavern Is Up for Sale

Abel’s North is being turned into a private event space

The Tavern
The Tavern
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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.

The Tavern, the historic neighborhood German sports bar on West 12th Street, is up for sale, according to the Austin Business Journal.

The Tavern owners and brothers Ellis and Austin Winstanley and their company Tradelogic didn’t disclose the price for the bar. CultureMap Austin notes that the restaurant itself and its equipment is being sold, but not the historic building.

Originally the West 12th Street building opened as a grocery store in 1916. It was converted into a steakhouse in 1929. Before it became The Tavern in 1933, it operated as a speakeasy and brothel during Prohibition. The bar now serves up typical sports bar fare, from chicken wings wrapped in bacon, queso, burgers, sandwiches, and more, along with

Tradelogic also oversees Cain & Abel's, El Arroyo (the far west Austin location closed in 2016), Hill's Cafe (it took over the longtime dinner from original owner Bob Cole), and Star Seeds Cafe. Abel's North shut down over the summer, in anticipation of being converted into offices, as noted earlier in July.

The company also runs several promotional apparels and goods companies: Aztec, Bear Cotton, QT Promo, and Tee Time.

Similarly, Dirty Sixth music venue The Parish was sold with an eBay auction for $376,445 to an undisclosed buyer this month.

The Tavern

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