Now there are more details available about that mysterious Central East Austin restaurant and bar 8 Track on 2805 Manor Road. For starters, it’s set to open sometime during the week of July 9.
Update, Friday, July 13: 8 Track opens tonight at 5 p.m. through midnight.
The menu spans what it calls an “eclectic mix of old-school favorites with a new-school approach,” according to chef Blake Keely. He will be helped by Tanner Gill (previously of Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant in Florida).
This means crab cakes served in what might be corn dog form, a pimento bacon-lettuce-tomato sandwich, pork belly burnt ends tacos, and hot smoked salmon on naan.
8 Track will also feature a full bar. The food will be served from a walk-up window while cocktail servers and bartenders will serve drinks.
The rear of the building will house all the games: Pop-A-Shots, corn hole, ping-pong, boomerang air hockey, and six-person foosball table. There is also a massive covered patio with a giant fan, and a large parking lot that the restaurant plans to use for festivals. The building was formerly a mechanic shop, and the owners of 8 Track left key elements intact to keep the same atmosphere, with the help of Chioco Design.
8 Track is the joint project of real estate investment group Lincoln Ventures and several members of KPG Hospitality, which also operates Kung Fu Saloon. However, 8 Track is not affiliated with KPG.