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Two Rainey Street Bars Might Be Replaced With a New High-Rise

An Austin restaurant offers free lunches and Wi-Fi to students, plus more news

Javelina on Rainey Street
Javelina on Rainey Street
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.

Possible Rainey Street Changes
More potential new development plans for Rainey Street might uproot beer bar Craft Pride (which also includes a location of Detroit-style pizzeria Via 313) and easygoing patio bar Javelina, as reported by Austin Business Journal. The River Street Residences, from development companies River Street Partners and High Street Residential, would consist of a 48-story tower on Rainey and River streets. The article noted that the “developers seem to be working with the bars to possibly find them space within the high-rise.” The Austin Design Commission generally approved of the project during a meeting this week, but asked for more space for retail (perhaps referring to the potentially displaced bars) and affordable housing.

School Lunch Program
West Campus gastropub Hopfields started a new program offering its outdoor space for local students during the daytime. These students can come to the restaurant, sit outside, use the Wi-FI for schoolwork, and eat a free lunch. Potentially dishes include grilled cheese sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and butter noodles, plus there’s free coffee and refills for parents. This free school lunch program, which began on October 20, is available on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Drive-Thru Coffee Shop & Juice Bar
Favorite Austin cafe Little City Coffee is back with a new coffee shop. The now-roasting company opened a drive-thru cafe with local juice bar chain JuiceLand at 5030 Highway 290 Service Road, Building 11 in Oak Hill as of October 28. On deck are drip coffee, espresso drinks (including an oat milk latte), juices, and smoothies. This marks the first new physical space for the coffee company, which had existed as a coffee shop, but closed in 2011. It was revitalized as a roasting company under new owner Joel Shuler in 2015. This is JuiceLand’s 27th location in Austin. Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and then from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Barbecue Truck’s Burger Halloween
For Halloween, new-school South Austin barbecue truck LeRoy & Lewis is turning into an interaction of the popular burger chain Five Guys. As Six Guys, the truck will serve slaw burgers, tallow fries, and apple pies on Saturday, 31 starting at 7 p.m.

Beer Collaboration With Shuttered Brewery
North Burnet brewery Austin Beerworks collaborated with fellow brewery, the now-closed North by Northwest, and created the Zombie Dragon Reanimated, an India pale ale. Four-can packs are available for pickup orders placed online starting today, October 30.


3110 Guadalupe Street, , TX 78705 (512) 537-0467 Visit Website

LeRoy & Lewis

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (512) 945-9882 Visit Website

Craft Pride

61 Rainey Street, , TX 78701 (512) 428-5571 Visit Website


119 East 18th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (646) 759-9539 Visit Website

Austin Beerworks

3001 Industrial Terrace, , TX 78758 (512) 821-2494 Visit Website


120 East 4th Street, , TX 78701 (737) 300-2120 Visit Website