Local bakery and restaurant Easy Tiger is opening a third location in East Austin. The new location will open at 1501 East 7th Street (which was formerly event space 7co from Parkside Projects) in early February.
Easy Tiger is known for it’s German-tinged menu with items like pretzels, sausages, and beer alongside baguettes, pastries, and other breads from “Head Doughpuncher” David Norman. The East 7th location of Easy Tiger will have the same menu and a large outdoor beer garden, with availability for private events. For now, the indoor dining space will be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but guests will be able to order to-go or sit in the outdoor beer garden.
The East Seventh location marks a return to the downtown area for Easy Tiger. The original downtown location closed in September after eight years on East 6th Street, due to struggles adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new location will create jobs for 60 people. In a press release, Norman said, “Over our near decade on 6th Street, we witnessed the expansion of downtown’s core entertainment district to the East side. We’re so proud to be a part of the city’s reopening and support our neighbors — part of what makes Austin so special.”
Easy Tiger has had quite a year, opening a new location on South Lamar in October (in the former Red’s Porch), making the East location the restaurant’s second opening in four months. These locations join the flagship location at the Linc in Highland.
The space at 1501 East 7th Street was originally fancy French restaurant LaV in 2014 until that suddenly closed in 2016. The stylish space sat vacant for two years before Parkside Projects (Parkside, The Backspace, etc.) turned it into event space 7co in 2018. 7co closed on January 1 and Easy Tiger took over the space.
Easy Tiger was previously part of the Elm Restaurant group, which owns other downtown restaurants Irene’s and 24 Diner as well as downtown food hall Fareground, where Easy Tiger had a stall. However, Easy Tiger branched off to become its own entity in 2018, and closed the Fareground stall in 2019.