It turns out those rumors that restaurant group New Waterloo was taking over the shuttered Strange Brew’s space weren’t true. Hyde Park cafe Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery, known for decorated cookies, is expanding into the Manchaca Road space. The new branch, called Captain Quackenbush's Coffeehouse and Bakery, will open sometime this summer.
The second Quack's will serve beer and wine. It will also open a music venue next door, The Austin Soundroom, which used to be Strange Brew's Lounge Side.
The new South Austin shop serves as a tribute to Quack’s first iteration. Quack’s owner Art Silver opened the original bakery in 1983 on Guadalupe Street as Captain Quackenbush’s Intergalactic Espresso and Dessert Company. The 43rd Street bakery was developed to bake up goods for that cafe, which closed in 1999.
The all-hours coffee shop and music venue Strange Brew shuttered suddenly without any notice in January. Despite promising that it would soon reopen, the doors remained locked.