Urban Coyote, the group behind South Austin bar Indian Roller and on-site taco truck Panchita, are planning to to further develop the Manchaca Road property. The new construction will include La Passiflora, a coffee and wine bar focused on Latin American offerings, and She Wolf, a large indoor music venue.
Plans for La Passiflora (Spanish for passionflower, which is native to both Texas and Latin America) include serving coffee and light breakfast in the morning, and reopening in the evening for small bites and wine. Co-owner Brenna Robertson traveled extensively throughout Latin America during her childhood with brother (and Urban Coyote partner) Clint. She wanted to showcase the region in a relaxing environment. The space will also have a patio and small acoustic stage. Clint sees it as becoming “a peaceful escape where our guests can feel like they're on vacation in Tulum without ever having to leave the city,” he explained his sister’s intention.
If the cooking style is anything similar to Panchita (operated by chef Armando Carranza, formerly of Swift’s Attic and now-closed Fork & Taco), there will be an emphasis on from-scratch cooking and unique ingredients. It will compliment Montopolis’ Miami-influenced Latin American coffee shop and bakery Cafe Nena’i.
The Indian Roller property will also include two additional spaces, one of which is zoned as a restaurant. Plans for the two other spaces are not clear at the moment, as the group focuses on construction. For now, the Robertsons aren’t sure if they will rent out that second restaurant space or open another business.
Indian Roller opened in 2014, after the success of Moontower Saloon showed the need for more entertainment options further south. Robertson hopes to open La Passiflora within the next six months and She Wolf, the music venue, in time for SXSW next year.
This article has been updated to reflect the current owners of Indian Roller.