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Global Slice "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela August always seem to bring with it the topic of education. In this issue, we talk about the education of languages and how it relates to this ever-changing, shrinking world. Now, more than ever before, children must be raised with a global awareness. Our native language can only get us so far. As our borders begin to meld, instilling various cultures within the educational system (and in the home) at a young age is imperative so that the next generations will be able to thrive in their neighborhoods, in their social settings, in their workplace, and throughout the world. We learn about how early language immersion can prove to cultivate great ideas and allow the brain to work more efficiently. And as we touch on the formative years of education, we also dive into the more difficult subject of helping students who have unravelled from the system: students who have had life throw them a curve ball and might have struck out once or twice. What are the options if these students want an education but feel it may be too late? Lifeworks’ Wrap-around GED Program is one of options that is helping these students back up to the plate. We learn about the bravery mustered to take another swing at it, and the teachers who are coaching them back on the path to success. Finally, what goes better with eduction than pizza? And, boy, do we have some of the best pizza in Texas within this 3 square mile radius! From old time favorites and can’t miss classics to newcomers who take pies to a whole new level with innovative flavors, you can find it here. We ate our fare share of pizza over the last 30 days and have learned that quality and passion are what sets these pizzerias apart. It seems to be the common thread in both the pizza feature and the multiple education stories within this issue. So, as you read, sit back and enjoy a slice of the pie. As always thank you, Will Bowling

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34 features

Editor’s Note 05

34 Get Your Slice of the Pie

Local+History 09 Art+Entertainment 15

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30 Dual Language Education

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We look at nine pizzerias in east Austin that make something they love and believe in. The eclectic flavors and patrons who keep coming back for more prove these places are innovative: in their location and workspace, in their pizza style and product sourcing, and in finding something that no one else is doing. Regardless of how they got here, some of the best decided to call east Austin their home.

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As the borders of the world continue to blur with the interconnectivity of technology, even a country as vast as the U.S. can begin to feel like Switzerland with its borders being bumped and nudged by varying languages and cultures. Yet it is only recently that Austin has recognized the reduction of our global isolation in the education system.


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ROSEWOOD PARK AND ITS LANDMARKS: 90 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

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THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS A CONCEPT FAMILIAR TO MANY. HOWEVER, MOST DON’T FACE THE SET OF CHALLENGES THAT LIFEWORKS' STUDENTS SURMOUNT.


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Rosewood Park History Spotlight WORDS BY AMANDA COVO PHOTO COURTESY AUSTIN HISTORY CENTER, AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summertime pool dwellers, fierce baseball games and after-school programs have long had a home at Rosewood Park. Additionally, if its shade trees, picnic tables and stone walls could talk, they’d tell a story of community more than 90 years in the making.

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n rapidly changing east Austin, a 17-acre stretch of land tucked away in the Rosewood neighborhood, the pocket of east Austin sandwiched between Airport Boulevard, Manor and Webberville roads, remains one of the only constants. Just ask 81-year-old Delores Duffie, namesake to Rosewood Park’s Recreational Center and life-long Rosewood neighborhood resident, “I always had a thing for Rosewood Park,” said Duffie, who played on the park grounds as a young girl. “That’s all we knew. That’s the only place we had to go for recreation. Rosewood was just in my blood.” The Delores Duffie Recreational Center is arguably the park’s signature building, a charming 14-room hill view stone house now home to after-school programs, workshops and community events. Local storeowner Rudolph Bertram originally acquired the land in 1875 where he built the house for his family. The city later purchased the land in 1928, fulfilling the new city plan that enacted racial segregation through its zoning laws. African Americans 10 EASTside | Aug/Sept 2017

were relegated to east Austin where Rosewood Park would become the heartbeat of the community, and Duffie had a front-row seat. Events like the Miss Rosewood Pageant (which she won in 1950) and countless sports games brought the community together. The Doris Miller Auditorium, named after a native Texan who was the first African-American recipient of the Navy Cross, hosted black WWII servicemen from various bases who came to attend dances and see entertainment organized by the park staff in collaboration with the USO. (The same space now houses a gymnasium, weight room and evening basketball games.) With age, the dynamic Duffie, by then a mother of four, became known among city leaders for her activism to promote quality education and adequate housing for neighborhood residents. “I never had any fear of confronting people about inequalities in our area,” Duffie said. “That was one reason people began to call on me for certain reasons. Not everyone likes to speak up or out.”

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That spirit is what likely led to the election of Duffie as chair of the newly-created Rosewood Advisory Board in 1973, a post she maintained for 13 years. During her tenure, the Henry Green Madison cabin was moved from its original location off East 11th to the park grounds. In 1863, Madison, the first African American city councilman in Austin, built the small log cabin that he, his wife and their eight children called home. Decades and a flood of new residents later, the cabin (a state historic landmark) now sits quietly under oak trees just steps away from the Rosewood pool and splash pad, tennis courts, a playscape and a bandstand overlooking baseball fields. Duffie refers to Rosewood Park as “the east Austin that once was.” Yet despite the historic growth—and the challenges and opportunities it presents—Rosewood Park remains a community treasure for all who call Rosewood home. Rosewood Park is located at 2300 Rosewood Avenue in east Austin. The Rosewood Pool is open through August 19.


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espite the best intentions of educators, there are still students who will hit that snag and unravel themselves out of the system. While this happens for many reasons, once you’ve unwoven yourself from the educational fabric of the school system, it can be difficult to re-enter. That is when programs like Lifeworks’ GED step in. “We work with a population that not everybody wants to serve, and we try to be really flexible because we know where they’re coming from. We believe very passionately that you can’t change anything in your life without education in some shape or form,” says Jamie Rich, the head GED instructor of the program.

Knitting Together the Loose Ends Lifeworks’ Wrap-Around GED Program WORDS BY JESSICA DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

Education is like a skein of yarn. It is layers of information wound in an orderly fashion to form the shape of a person’s being. It must be done carefully and consistently or else you may hit a snag.

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The knowledge that education is the key to success is something that is familiar to many of us. However, most also don’t face the set of challenges that Lifeworks' students surmount. “Our students come from a lower socio-economic status,” begins Rich who lists the disadvantages her students face. “A lot of our kids are teen parents. I would say that I see a lot of undiagnosed learning disabilities” as well as “high instances of trauma.” Although Lifeworks enthusiastically extends a hand to those who are looking to complete their education, even they will admit that it doesn’t come without difficulties. “It is a self-start, stay-focused program, which means after a kiddo drops out of high school, they lose a lot of the momentum and support of the public school system, so they are kind of on their own after that,” admits Rich. Not only that, but the effort required to gain a GED is significant when compared with a traditional high school diploma. Rich comments that it is more common than not to see students enter the program only to leave shortly thereafter citing reasons of scheduling conflicts, economic insufficiencies, and stigma against the degree. “It definitely strikes me as a tax on the most


“They feel empowered for the first time in their life about education.”

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“We want to be able to help somebody in many different domains of their life at once, if possible.”

vulnerable among us,” laments Rich. With the odds stacked against the students from multiple angles, Rich says that Lifeworks aims to act as a Sherpa guiding these young adults through the various facets of adult life, not just their education. “It’s part of the wrap around services model,” she explains about the GED program. “Someone might enter our organization to receive services for one thing, but chances are they will need other services to help support them in that endeavor… We want to be able to help somebody in as many different domains of their life at once, if possible.” With a transitional living program, workforce development, teen parent services, and a permanent supportive housing program included in Lifeworks’ approach to individual betterment, that might just be possible. Despite the obstacles facing the Lifeworks GED program, those who attend regularly find that the class is a unique source of inspiration. According to Anna Adami, the AmeriCorps volunteer who is currently

are able to withstand the rigors of the self-start GED program give themselves a framework from which they can weave together the frayed ends of their previous life experiences. Whether that be attending seminars where Planned Parenthood speaks about family planning or benefiting from the individualized “blending of instruction styles,” those who come to the GED program are driven to make the grade.

teaching at Lifeworks, because it is self-paced, “They feel empowered for the first time in their life about education.” For many, this empowerment comes from an unlikely source: relationships. “They get to have a relationship with me, their teacher, which I think is huge for them,” says Adami. For both educators and students, Lifeworks replaces the safety net and relationships that were unwound when students left high school. With support systems accessible for every aspect of their lives, those who

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Adami attributes the students' unflinching determination to succeed to the community that is fostered within the Lifeworks GED classes. “The community here is strong. We’re all learning with each other and from each other.” And that makes all the difference between learning and an education.

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From professional to amateur, young to old, athlete to spectator, Austin’s Driveway Series bicycle race has something for everyone.

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f you live in east Austin, you see bicyclists galore, but you may have noticed something a little different about Thursday evenings. Around 4:00 or 4:30, groups of cyclists begin pedaling east: past the happy-hour patios, past the long lines of slowly progressing commuters, and on past Highway 183. Some riders wear matching cycling kits covered in sponsor logos while others wear vintage cycling gear; however, many are just in jean shorts. Nearly all of them though have deep tans—ankle to thigh and wrist to bicep—from hours of time on the road in the relentless Texas sun. The destination though, like the tan, is the same: the Driveway Austin race track. Most days of the week, the track is used for car races, but on Thursday nights a series of criterium bicycle races begin at 5:00PM and end around sundown. The criterium race is a great ride to keep experienced cyclists tuned-up or to build new skills in amateurs. It requires sprinting speed, stamina, and strategy, but the race isn’t just for riders. "Criterium races make for an exciting spectator event because you get an up-close view of the race activity,” notes east Austin resident and occasional racer David Gordan. Each ride is timed, with the majority of the riders staying together until the final five laps when riders begin to look for their

opening to break away. Riders who go too early risk gassing out, and the group catches up to them. However, if they wait too long, the window of opportunity closes. Some racers go it alone, while other teams strategize to give one rider a shot at glory. The rules are simple, but the strategy is complex, and most regular attendees are happy to offer an explanation to the first time attendee if you’re willing to ask one of the many cyclists socializing in the genial setting. The series of races begins with a 30-minute contest for women’s category 3, 4, and 5 riders—a USA cycling designation. Seven more races throughout the evening include a junior's race, a kid’s lap, masters (age 40+), and a men’s and women’s category 1, 2, and 3 pro race. Each race is exciting for its own reason, with the colorfully outfitted riders whizzing by in a blur all the while before the sprint finish on the final lap. It’s a great social gathering that is both family and pet friendly, with sponsors hosting tables and booths, food and drink carts, and mobile bicycle repair shops.

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“Each race is exciting for its own reason, with the colorfully outfitted riders whizzing by in a blur all the while before the sprint finish on the final lap.” Did You Know? Refreshments are provided by local brewers and distillers, so bring $5 cash. Check out drivewayseries. com for race times and categories. If you’re interested in riding in a race, you can also register on their website.

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August 20, 11am-5pm It’s back, and it’s hotter than ever. Austin Chronicle’s Hot Sauce Festival returns to Fiesta Gardens for the largest competition of its kind. In its 27th year, the festival brings together hundreds of hot sauces and thousands of spectators for a fun, foodfilled day benefiting the Central Texas Food Bank. The event is free with a donation of three non-perishable food items or $5 donation. austinchronicle.com | 2101 Jesse E Segovia St.

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September 8-10, 5-11pm Need a reminder that Austin is indeed the ‘Live Music Capital of the World?' Check out the 5th annual Eastside Kings Festival where over 30 bands will take over the 12th and Chicon block in east Austin for two days of blues, jazz and gospel tunes. The festivities kick off on Friday night with a party at Antone’s and continue through Sunday at eight different venues on the historic eastside. Wristbands are available at Antone’s Record Shop. facebook.com/EastsideKingsFestival | Various locations

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September 4 If you’ve ever considered taking a yoga class but have yet to try it, now is the time to give it a go. This Labor Day, yoga studios across the city will offer free classes all day long. Whether you want to try a new studio or explore a new fitness routine, Free Day of Yoga is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Check out the website for the full schedule and list of participating eastside locations. freedayofyoga.com | Various locations find more at eastsideatx.com

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When Simple Lines Become Something Unique WORDS BY SOMMER BRUGAL PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

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gnes’s journey in jewelry design spans across three cultures. While she currently lives in Austin, where she continues to design jewelry, she earned her certificate as a goldsmith in Germany and spent just over twenty years honing in on her craft and learning how to silversmith in Mexico. No matter her location though, Agnes relies on her workshop and tools to remain centered. Once she’s working, the designer says she feels completely calm. In her workshop, she’s able to create pieces that speak to her heart. “My work is really personal [and] what I make is always what I feel,” Agnes explains. When she began making jewelry, she said there wasn’t much of a vision or concept behind her designs. She simply created pieces she thought were beautiful. The Seeds Collection is one of Agnes’s favorite collections. A seed is also a common motif found in

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many of her designs. And while a simple shape might seem insignificant to some, for Agnes, its meaning is universal and can be understood by everyone. “Any idea is a seed, and then it comes to life,” Agnes enthuses. “For some, it’s on the computer. For me, [an idea] comes to life through my hands. It depends on what your medium is, but the seed is always the first element of any creation.” Using seeds and other features found in nature as inspiration, Agnes is able to display her passions through her pieces. She says if she weren’t a jewelry designer, she’d probably be a ranger. The Geometry Collection is another personal favorite for Agnes. Her admiration and appreciation for this collection is directly correlated to her love of architecture and forms. “When I work with plant motifs, I’m probably more connected to [a meaning] of beauty we can all relate to,” Agnes smiles. “But the Geometry Collec-


tion is more (about) this surprise element.” Agnes says she uses the simple shapes and lines in different and unexpected contexts to spark a sense of curiosity in her designs. After more than 25 years making jewelry, Agnes is exploring new ideas and possibly a new direction. She has always dreamed of learning how to weld. As she moves forward, the designer wants to create pieces that express something very specific. While she will continue to create jewelry, Agnes says she’s excited to explore a more abstract form of art, to have an idea and to put that idea into very simple lines. Taking a step in a new direction can be intimidating, if not scary, for many. Agnes, though, is embracing it head on, attributing her excitement to her love for the craft. “I think when you are young, you ask yourself, ‘Can I do this for the next 40 years and not be bored?’ Right now, I like what I do even more than when I started.”

Drawing Inspiration Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Agnes Seebass, nature, lines, and unique forms are often the center of her work. But according to her, other designers have also played a large role in her evolution as an artist. Those artists are Zarina, Jesus Rafael Soto, Constance DeJong, and Donald Judd.

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Expressing Individuality Beauty Beyond the Ink WORDS BY SAM LAURON PHOTOS BY ERIC MORALES

Tattoos mean something different to everyone. Whether it represents something or someone you love, provides a sense of identity, or just reminds you of a certain time in your life, a tattoo can carry a lot of meaning and memories.

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or Wendi Ramirez, owner of Dovetail Tattoo, there’s beauty in creating that personal mark.

With a background in art and an Advertising Design degree underway, Ramirez went to get her very first tattoo and ended up leaving with a newfound passion. “I knew at that moment I’d rather be a part of this subculture than struggle with commercial art.” Ramirez went on to work for different shops and countless artists to learn about the art of tattooing and discovered her own artistic style. In 2009, she opened her first shop, Dovetail Tattoo.

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Seeing much success from her shop and having a growing team by her side, Ramirez realized she needed more space. A fateful chain of events led her to take over the Bat City Tattoo space on East Cesar Chavez where she opened Dovetail Tattoo East. “The eastside was my obvious top choice for a location,” says Ramirez. “It maintains its culture, and I don’t want to see that change. I want to assist in maintaining it.” While all tattoos are personal, Ramirez’s top three most cherished tattoos of her career so far have been ones that involve part of the most personal aspects in life: family. “My very first tattoo was a Boris Vallejo dragon on my dad's chest. It was the

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first tattoo I ever did and his first tattoo. The second is a blue monarch butterfly on my mother's forearm for her 77th birthday last year. It was her first tattoo. The third is a number "13" my son, Angel, did for me in 2013 when he was 13 years old on Friday the 13th. It was the first tattoo he ever did.” Creating something that represents so much more than the tattoo itself is something Ramirez values in her work. “The art of tattoo is beautiful for its diversity and organic nature. It is permanent and therapeutic. It involves people of all cultures and ages. It can represent absolutely anything one chooses it to because it is sacred and personal.”

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As the borders of the world continue to blur with the interconnectivity of technology, even a country as vast as the United States can begin to feel like Switzerland with its borders being bumped and nudged by varying languages and cultures. Yet it is only recently that Austin has recognized the reduction of our global isolation in the education system. WORDS BY JESSICA DEVENYNS


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n 2010, Austin Independent School District (AISD) implemented its dual language program. For a lucky few kindergarteners and first graders, education in the public school system will have an integrated language component. Never will these children experience the grueling mental gymnastics required by high school

“Our philosophy is to [not only] have them in an immersion environment but also allow them to express themselves as they choose to express themselves.” language classes where you struggle to translate individual words one by one in hopes of gleaning some meaning out of the garlands of sentences that deck their worksheets. Instead, they will struggle as everyone else does with calculus concepts; the only exception is that they can do it in two languages. Dual education, according to Claudia Santamaria, AISD’s assistant director of elementary multilingual education, “It is not an extended language class; it is an education from another perspective.” So why would AISD limit access to this program to those in their first two years of schooling? Santamaria says it’s obvious. “Think about it, your brain is much more elastic in kindergarten.” After a moment, however, she corrects herself to explain that there are exceptions, “For those who speak Spanish and Vietnamese, they can enter at any time in the process.” While it may seem unfair to close the door on a child’s linguistic opportunities so early, elasticity and malleability of the mind is the name of the game when it comes to receiving a bilingual education. Lila Haham, who owns the home-based preschool Los Amiguitos, insists that an early entry into multi-lingual communication is not only essential to mastering fluency, but it is normal. “I used to have to explain how lots of people around the world speak lots of languages and kids pick it up very easily; they’re sponges.” In fact, Austin parents are beginning to take notice of Americans’ tendency to treat languages differently from most countries. All over the eastside of Austin, parents and educators are not only beginning to acknowledge the importance of an early introduction to multiple languages, but they are also actively encouraging it within their families and communities. In most homes, however, seamlessly educating children in two languages remains a careful balance.

For Erin Fonner, an eastside mother of three, designing a linguistic equilibrium has been complex. Despite her determination to construct a Spanish immersion environment in an English-speaking household, the logistics have proven challenging. “We make a concerted effort to keep language acquisition a core value in our home. Since our native language is English, we have to find ways to creatively incorporate Spanish into our daily routines,” she explains. That’s not to say that the dream of having her children flex effortlessly between the two modes of expression has fizzled out. “Our philosophy is to [not only] have them in an immersion environment but also allow them to express themselves as they choose to express themselves.” To do this, Fonner seeks out playdates with native speakers, attends Spanish storytimes, and enrolls them in summer

“I used to have to explain how lots of people around the world speak lots of languages and kids pick it up very easily; they’re sponges.” immersion camps whenever possible. However, despite her best efforts, she acknowledges how difficult it has been to give her kids a full immersion environment. “The demand for Spanish immersion in schools seems to far outstrip the supply, and because of that, you have to either get lucky in a lottery or be willing to pay a premium,” Fonner admits. Nevertheless, her resolution to raise bilingual children has never wavered. “The benefits go far beyond just language. If kids at a young age learn that an object can be called different words in different languages, not only does it do great things for their language development but it also helps them see things from different perspectives.” Haham of Los Amiguitos echoes Fonner’s feelings. “[Bilingualism] goes beyond just the social and emotional development.” Instead, Haham sees it as a problem-solving tool that can be applied to many aspects of a child’s life. She explains that children’s cognitive associations are expanded when they learn another language because they have become accustomed to cherry picking through context clues to obtain the meaning of a message. In time, this


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skill simply becomes second nature. To help encourage this type of thought in her preschool, Haham describes her approach to language saying, “We don’t do any translation.” As a French and Spanish immersion preschool, the curriculum is just like what “other preschools might do, but we do them in French or in Spanish.” Despite the simplicity of the concept, the effect is anything but. For the children, using two languages interchangeably results in a complex chain of cognitive reactions that ignites their minds to be more open to problem solving for the rest of their lives. Haham says that the results are particularly noticeable after two years of immersion. However, she also allows that even for children, reaching the point of effective communication in multiple languages is not always an easy achievement. She observes, “I have some parents who ask, ‘Do the kids mix the languages, do they get confused?!’” The answer: “Well, some do, some don’t.” Despite the obstacles, the parents keep coming. “Parents understand that it’s really important, and being able to offer this to their children is a great gift. And why not? It’s a perfect age, and if you’re going to pay for a preschool, you may as well have them learn a language,” Haham enthuses.

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It's More Than a Pizzeria, It’s a State of Mind. East Austin isn’t just a place for eclecticism and relentless change, but one where good ideas take hold, and Eastsiders have a reputation for forming traditions all their own. Whatever the original motivation, each of the pizzerias in east Austin makes something they love and believe in, and they have had to be innovative to do it: in their location and workspace, in their pizza style and product sourcing, and in finding something that no one else is doing. Each of these eastside pizzerias continues to craft some of the most unique flavors in town that leave their patrons coming back for more. WORDS BY BEN HAGUEWOOD PHOTOS BY ASHLEY HAGUEWOOD

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East Side Pies When co-founders Michael Freid and Noah Polk stepped into the low, cinder-block building at 1401 Rosewood, it smelled of fryer grease that coated the walls, courtesy of the prior occupant. Now that same 250 sq. ft. space daily pumps out hundreds of pies topped with some of the most eclectic sauces and toppings of any pizzeria in Austin. The thin but pliable crust is the perfect platform for the range of sauces, from classic red, pesto, tomatillo, and more. The Spinach Curry Sauce, a throwback to Polk’s time bartending at an Indian restaurant, satisfies the hungry and the curious. The YYZ adds Jerk chick, jalapeños, and red onions for a truly original synthesis of flavors that are ultimately pure Austin. East Side Pies now has locations on Airport and Anderson and is expanding its Rosewood location to take over the whole building. But asked if that means they’ll have to change the name, Freid laughs, “No…we’re always east of something.”

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How ESP Started As a culinary grad, Freid spent several years picking up new techniques in Europe in the mid-90s, before settling in Austin and working for several bakeries where Polk also worked. At the end of his shift, Freid would be finishing his deliveries, and bartender and restaurant manager Polk would just be starting his. Eventually a plan was hatched, and with $2K of their own money, an Austin tradition was born. A Chicago transplant, Freid left behind

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the storied Chicago-style pizza and the sometimes chilly climate and social mores for something very different in Austin. “I had to learn to be nice here,” he says. “Just standing in line at the grocery store, people ask how your day is.” As for the pizza, it couldn’t be more different than the deep-dish, patty-sausage pie his hometown is known for. 1401 Rosewood Ave. (+2 other locations), 512-524-0933


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Bufalina makes the kind of pizza you just have to tell other people about. The restaurant takes its name from one of the essential ingredients to excellent pizza: buffalo mozzarella, large slices of which cover the base of their pizzas and spread out in the 900 degree wood-fired oven the restaurant uses to cook them. The result is the classic Neapolitan-style pizza, smoky firekissed crust and excellent ingredients perfectly melded together. Bufalina’s Fresca is a perfect choice for something special but also simple, especially for blazing Austin summers. The pizza perfectly balances the simplicity of piquant prosciutto and arugula with the soft Buffalo mozzarella and shaves of sharp Grana Padano cheese—finished with a fresh squeeze of lemon. It’s this combination of simplicity with perfect execution that keeps this style of pizza alive and people talking about this Austin pizzeria. 1519 E Cesar Chavez St. (+1 other location), 512-5242523

Whether it's gluten free or packed full, Li'l Nonna's home-made crust is sure to please. Regardless of your preference for gluten, both are made for the vegan pallet.

Li’l Nonna’s Austin can always use a good New York style pizza shop, but Li'l Nonna’s trailer at the Buzzmill is unique in its catering to vegetarian and vegan Austinites who still crave a good pie. The kitchen can turn out a mean Margherita (with regular mozzarella and pecorino if you wish), but move on down the menu, and you’ll find many pizzeria

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favorites topped with house-made vegan mozzarella, beeteroni slices, seitan Italian sausage in addition to a slew of vegetable toppings. The Supreme comes with classic San Marzano tomato sauce and is topped with black olives, sweet red bell peppers, mushrooms, shallots, and sprinkled with smoked tempeh. At first it creeps up on you, the smokiness and texture of the tempeh reminiscent of a traditional meat topping you can’t quite put your finger on, and if they didn’t tell you, you might not notice. 1505 Town Creek Dr., 512-993-8998

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Skylark Lounge

Best Bang for Your Buck! Ladybird's Kitchen within Skylark Lounge is serving up fresh flavorful whole pies for $10-$14.

Skylark has been bringing Austinites together for years—typically over their love of Blues music, cheap drinks, and good vibes. Don’t be surprised though, if someone offers to meet you there for a pizza. Since taking over the space in 2013, owners Johnny and Mary La Touf have struck a good balance of keeping the best the iconic east Austin bar had to offer and making just the right adjustments that create a dive-bar as comfortable as your living room, including the food options. The pies are truly meals unto themselves, and with hearty offerings like the Chicken, rosemary, and garlic pizza—loaded with marinated chunks of chicken, melding with whole cloves of garlic and caramelized onions, it’s much more than bar snacks. Vegetarians are welcome too, and fresh veggies—from spinach to asparagus—are piled so high you almost wonder if the crispy thin crust will support their heft. You’ll go for the music and longnecks, but you’ll stay for the pizza. The welcome preservation of this east Austin jewel, including its elevated pizza menu by Ladybird’s kitchen, proves it’s possible to be new but not trendy, to honor the past by keeping the best of it. 2039 Airport Blvd., 512-730-0759


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Unit D Pizzeria Unit D’s menu is a study in contrasts. It stands out by combining the exacting standards and ingredients of the trademarked recipe that made Neapolitan-style pizza world famous, with the energy and creativity you’d expect from a chef at a top restaurant more in the fine-dining category. If you’ve had a classic Naples pie, Unit D’s crust will be familiar—thin and golden brown from the wood-fired oven—but the similarities mostly end there. The Bacon Apple Pizza is emblematic of the Unit D’s approach, an unorthodox combination of ingredients that immediately makes sense when you first take a bite: salty bacon paired with diced sweet and tart apple, candied pecan up next to a sharp hit of goat cheese, a hint of spiciness from the small medallions of Fresno peppers, all over the creamy white sauce and finished with a drizzle of spiced honey. As with most great dishes, balance is key, and while it’s not a combination you probably would have thought of, it’s one you won’t soon forget. It’s hard to revolutionize something as classic as Neapolitan Pizza, but Unit D’s creative, yet subtle, ingredient combinations are doing what Austinites do best, innovate while still loving the classics. 2406 Manor Road, Unit D, 512-524-1922

Before Via 313 pulled up a custom pizza trailer on heavily foot-trafficked East 6th, Eastsiders had no idea what they were missing: Detroit-Style Pizza. You’ll immediately notice the rectangular pieces, but take a bite and the differences abound. There’s no reason to not start with The Detroiter. When it arrives, you’ll see small natural casing pepperoni slices curled into crisp pepperoni cups dotting the surface, and dollops of spicy, herbaceous deep-red sauce on the surface. Hiding beneath the surface is a layer of smoked pepperoni. The shredded mozzarella that spreads to each corner of the metal cookpan forms a crisp, cheese border around the edge. One bite, and it all makes sense. This is exactly what you want after a long night out; though now that you’ve had it, the craving for this regional favorite that’s migrated south can hit you any time. 1111 E 6th in front of Violet Crown Social Club (+2 other locations), 512-939-1927

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Southside Flying Pizzas You’ll never get bored with options at Southside Flying Pizza. The Austin pizza joint opened its third location on East Cesar Chavez in 2015 and has quickly become part of the neighborhood. Pick up a pie on your way home, or sit and have one of their daily lunch specials. In fact, plan to stick around because this fall, they’ll add an old-school arcade room. The classic pizzeria setting feels familiar, but the menu is updated with handtossed, scratch-made dough and fresh toppings, and the combinations are pure Austin. From classic flavors to signature pies like The Eastsider (Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, Sausage, Black Olives, Serrano Peppers, and Pineapple), or The ACL (bacon, spinach, garlic, and tomatoes) and the intimidating Double Dragon—a combination of prosciutto, beef, and chicken, finished with jalapenos and Cholula hot sauce, the possibilities are endless. 2702 E. Cesar Chavez St. (+2 other locations), 512-600-6962

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King Bee Nightlife has come to 12th and Chicon. While the cluster of bars that fill the storefronts of this intersection get most of the attention, what’s a late night out without good late-night food? If you’re hopping from bar to bar and need a sobering bite, King Bee is ideal. Take a seat at one of the long antique wooden tables and check out its selection of pizzas prepared with fresh ingredients and house-made dough. It goes without saying they’re a great accompaniment to the drink list whether you’re after a signature cocktail, frozen margarita, or a cold beer. Their Bee Supreme is not your average take-out pizza. It has all the gooeyness you crave, but with better crust and some elevated ingredients thrown into the mix. In addition to the typical pepperoni, green peppers, and mushrooms, it has tangy green olives and mounds of ricotta dotting the pie, reminding you of late night pizza runs, only much tastier. 1906 E 12th St., 512-600-6956

Aviator Anyone who’s heard of Elgin, Texas probably knows it for its sausage, but as Austin moves further east, it’s taking its taste for inventive pizza recipes and craft beer with it. When Aviator opened three years ago, owner John McElroy’s vision was to be the first restaurant to serve craft beer and pizza in this small but bustling downtown. Pizza runs in the family, and John helped his brothers open ten pizzerias between the two of them before opening his own. Their menu is plentiful, and

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and my typically developing child, have made enormous developmental leaps, moved toward greater independence, and deepened their hunger for learning because of inclusion,” explains Kate. Research has shown that children with disabilities benefit from learning alongside their typically developing peers. They are more engaged in the classroom, they receive more instruction in both functional and academic activities, and the quality of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) improves (Bui, Quirk, Almazan, and Valenti, 2010). “No studies conducted since the late 1970’s have shown an academic advantage for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities educated in separate settings” (Falvey, 2004).

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Is it possible for children to receive a higher quality early childhood education when in the same classroom as their peers with developmental disabilities? The Rise School of Austin answers this question every day with an emphatic “yes!” Established in 2002, the mission of Rise is to provide the highest-quality early childhood education for ALL children—gifted, traditional and developmentally delayed—in an inclusive setting, where individualized learning techniques enable every child to achieve their maximum potential. What is inclusion and what does it look like in the early childhood classroom? Inclusion “supports the right of every infant and young child and their family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society” (DEC/NAEYC, 2009, pg. 2). “Inclusion means being intentional with instruction, classroom environment and curriculum development. It means giving every child

the opportunity to learn together, no matter their abilities, interests, socioeconomic status, or cultural background, to enhance every child’s development,” according to Megen Bethune, Executive Director at The Rise School. The belief in inclusion is what shapes The Rise School. Rise’s Master’s-level teachers and speech, physical, occupational, and music therapists are driven every day by current and former Rise students who have made significant strides in their cognitive, physical, language, and social development. “We are grateful that inclusion is such a strong force in the culture of The Rise School,” says Rise parent Kate Robinson. “Inclusion is pervasive at Rise, and it has meant that both of our children are learning to recognize their feelings, tolerate emotions, and accept themselves. They are also learning the same acceptance and compassion for their classmates. Both of my children, one with developmental delays

Typically developing students also benefit from inclusion. “The presence of students with disabilities results in a greater number of typical students making reading and math progress compared to non-inclusive general education classes” (Waldron, Cole, and Majd, 2001). “With 90% of brain development occurring before the age of five, it is crucial that children are provided a high quality, individually tailored early childhood education,” says Megen Bethune. “Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two children learn and develop in the same way. Rise not only values individuality but also embraces the exceptional contribution each child brings to the school community. Inclusion works, and The Rise School is proof that it provides better outcomes for children with and without developmental delays.” THE RISE SCHOOL IS NOW ENROLLING FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. 512-891-1682 RISESCHOOLAUSTIN.ORG 4800 MANOR RD BUILDING J

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References Bui, X., Quirk, C., Almazan, S., & Valenti, M. (2010). Inclusion Works! Inclusive Education Research & Practice. Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Retrieved from mcie.org/usermedia/application/11/ inclusion-works-(2010).pdf

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DEC/NAEYC. (2009). Early childhood inclusion: A joint position statement of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina, FPG Child Development Institute.

Falvey, Mary A. (Spring 2004) Toward realization of the least restrictive educational environments for severely handicapped students. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 29(1), 9-10.

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Waldron, N., Cole, C., & Majd, M. (2001). The academic progress of students across inclusive and traditional settings: A two year study Indiana inclusion study. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Institute on Disability & Community.


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A pregnancy center located in a white brick mission building at the corner of 12th and Chicon offers free resources and empowering relationships to all who walk through their door.

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fter decades in the successful corporate world, Debi Wehmeier left the tall buildings of downtown with a hunger for purpose. That hunger led her to a building in the heart of central east Austin. Debi and her husband, Lloyd, took one leap of faith after another. With a few years of dreaming and planning, they founded Heart of Texas Pregnancy Resource Center (HeartPRC) in 2012 with the purpose of serving young families. “We opened with a diaper, a dime, and a dream,” Debi recalls. Their first clients were 17 years old. They found themselves in HeartPRC’s office taking a free pregnancy test. When it was positive, Debi walked them through their options. Through their relationship with Debi and her husband, the young parents confronted fears that seemed impossible to overcome. They learned about pregnancy and parenthood and felt impacted by being deeply cared for and supported. The couple was empowered to take on the challenge before them.

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Today, those once 17 year olds are a family of four. The mom, so empowered by her experience, developed a love for listening and guiding other moms who are in the very same situation she once found herself in. You can find this now 22-yearold mom of two at the center every Tuesday from 10:30am to noon for “Chick Chat,” a safe space for women to share and be heard, to find acceptance in a time that can be isolating. She has witnessed first-hand the incredible growth of the HeartPRC, now having served over 4,000 women since her first visit 5 years ago. Walking through doors of the HeartPRC, you’ll find the sense of belonging and non-judgmental support are not just for moms. The staff is a band of sisters with a goal to love well. These women passionately care about their work and every mother, father, and child who walk through the door. The office intentionally runs by appointment out of the belief that everyone deserves the undivided attention of a staff member. Rooms are setup to accommodate one-on-one meetings.

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The HeartPRC is growing rapidly and has opened a second location in Dripping Springs. To accommodate growth and rising rent, they accept financial donations as well as material items for babies and families.


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Debi explains, “No matter what’s going on outside our walls, they can walk in and get a smile, a listening ear, and a hug. No matter what, they will be loved, and they can come back as long as they want to.” In addition, the resources available to moms and families are free and confidential: pregnancy tests, limited ultrasounds, boutique of baby clothes and necessities, abortion recovery, Earn While You Learn program (where parents earn free baby essentials through class attendance), small group mentoring, women’s health/ prenatal care referrals, adoption referrals, and/or local church referrals. Those who wish to volunteer are invited to tour the center and witness the wonder behind the doors. The needs are great—from sorting clothes to graphic design, storytelling to arts and crafts. There’s a place for anyone with a desire to serve. The most important resource found in this office safe place is for everyone: family.

Debi speaks about her work with passion. “There’s never been a day where I’ve driven to work in [the last] 5 years where I’ve not wanted to go to my job.” She adds with a grin. “All parents have challenges, but we give them the tools they need through pregnancy and once the baby is here, the tools they need to raise a child in a healthy way.” It’s undeniable that HeartPRC is here to serve women and support families. Whether a woman walks in scared or rejoicing over their pregnancy, they are welcomed and supported. From the founder, to the staff, to the moms who have been cared for one thing is certain, there is nothing more wondrous than a woman who knows she is loved.

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Starting at Top, Left to Right: 1. Latinitas Community Honoree and Former City Council Member Mike Martinez & Latinitas Co-Founder Laura Donnelly 2. Latinitas Education Honoree Dr. Federico Subervi, wife Julia, & daughter Holly 3. H-E-B Public Affairs Manager Leticia Mendoza with daughter Cristabella 4. Alex Davila & Diego Ruiz 5. Latinitas El Paso Executive Director Isis Portillo & Cindy McCarver 6. Austin’s “pro-Wonder Woman” Mayor Steve Adler addressing the crowd

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Open House

Stained glass windows, brass lamps and an antique ticket window adorn Springdale Station, a recently restored historic train station. Nestled alongside a decommissioned rail line covered by a vintage awning, this architectural gem perches in a field like a time capsule. Central Austin’s newest event venue hosted its first open house on July 12. 979 Springdale Rd. | springdalestation.com

Starting at Top, Left to Right: 1. Anna Pedersen, Valerie Chaussonnet, Chelle Morrison & David Neff 2. Becca Anthony, Emily Yount, & Anita Dukart 3. Alexis Neal & Jason Hicks 4. Shea Little & Rachael Garbowski 5. Moya McIntyre & Colin McIntyre 6. Yvette Ruiz & Ken Khrumsani

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Art Galleries

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Take a Trip to the Right Side of Mind.

WORDS BY JESSICA DEVENYNS PHOTO COURTESY OF GRAY DUCK

When high summer strikes, ideas to combat the heat become few and far between. However, instead of languishing in dark movie theaters waiting for October to roll around, explore the bright creativity that flows through the streets of east Austin by dipping your toes into the lifeblood that makes the community so vivid and varied – its art scene.

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Court Lurie

On occasion, you’ll stumble into the pocket gallery of an artist on the eastside that will prompt an internal meditation on the meaning of art. Court Lurie’s paintsplattered floors flow seamlessly into her highly abstract canvases to make you wonder where art begins and where it ends. In this small oneroom gallery, you’ll be exposed to the raw emotions that this long-time Eastsider communicates through her mixed media oeuvres d’art.

ARTPOST Studios, 4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. | courtlurie.com

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Gray Duck

Cozied up in a 100-year-old, whitewashed bungalow on Cesar Chavez, the Gray Duck Gallery is more than just paintings. With a belief that art is integral to everyday life, the Gray Duck Gallery calls itself home to all forms of artistic expression including artwork, poetry readings, film, music, and performance. Watch for their rotating exhibitions.

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Pump Project

In a bright yellow warehouse reside dozens of artists and craft makers. The premise has 23 studios for creation and 1,000 square feet of gallery where artists proudly display their work. Both emerging and established artists as well as curious passersby are welcome into this space where they will be encouraged to explore and express themselves. From cutting-edge exhibitions to a studio dedicated to a live-model drawing group, walking through the doors of this sunny little facility will reveal a new surprise every time.

702 Shady Ln. | pumpproject.org

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Dimension Gallery

Calling an industrial warehouse home, the gallery is dedicated to showcasing sculpture and three-dimensional art. With eight resident artists, the gallery not only exhibits a curated selection of pieces but also works to empower artist to fund the creation of their works. Naturally, with a single-minded emphasis on 3-D works, the exhibition space

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seamlessly flows outdoors where you will find a sculpture garden and covered seating to enjoy the occasional performance piece. 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 |

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SprATX

When empty spaces need to be filled with color and positive energy, SprATX is there to infuse the blank city canvases with creativity and increase awareness of the beauty of public spray paint artworks. Opened in 2013 and based on the eastside, this collective decorates city walls, hosts #ATXFreeArtFriday, and sells prints and original pieces in their shop. 2400 East Cesar Chavez St., Ste.

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Imagine Gallery

Established in 1997, the Imagine Gallery is a small creative incubator that focuses on art from disabled artists. This little house-sized gallery encourages community development through artistic exhibition. With 10,000 square feet of studios and galleries, on a visit here you are just as likely to see artists in the midst of creating as you are finished products hanging proudly on the walls. 2830 Real St. | imagineart.net


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They’re spouses, business partners, and classically-trained architects—and amazingly, after nine months spent building, outfitting, and landscaping the house they designed together, they’re still talking to each other! 52 EASTside | Aug/Sept 2017

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ose Minguell and Laura McQuary are the brainchildren behind east Austin’s newest stunning abode. The house with the black metal exterior and all those windows at the corner of quiet Walnut and bustling East 12th is attractively situated across from Rosewood Park. Stepped terraces of no-hassle xeric landscaping, offset by raw steel dividers and clean black rock, create a natural and inviting path beneath the home’s cantilevered living area and up a short wooden staircase. The stairs lead to a private patio—shady, cool, and large enough for outdoor entertaining—which in turn funnels into the 3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2300 square foot home. The duo describe the exterior vibe as an “urban streetscape” specifically crafted for “today’s Austin: a city that is very active and connected.” Instead of the traditional “front yard, house, back yard,”

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Did You Know? Throughout the design and construction process, finding sustainable or environmentally friendly options are essential to this duo. From the way the house sits on the site to the mechanical systems and from the finishes and materials to recycling of debris throughout construction are all elements that attest to their commitment of creating a sustainable home.

where residents are fenced off from their neighbors and outdoor spaces are underutilized, Jose and Laura envisioned a more “functional” design that is “not so cookiecutter,” but embraces Lady Bird Lake and our countless parks as our communal backyard. They’re also sensitive to the unique character of east Austin, and the threat that gentrification poses to this historic district. Jose adds, “A lot of developers come in here, buy up property, build something low-budget, and sell it for a high return. The quality is poor: that doesn't contribute to the neighborhood.” Jose and Laura aim to see more “design-ori-

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ented development” that maintains the eastside’s “socially-varied environment.” “We’re providing something a bit more modern and contemporary than the typical eastside bungalow,” says Laura, “but something that blends in with it, relates to it somehow.” The cedar cladding on the house at 2700 East 12th is accordingly whitewashed to match with the “weathered, comfortable” feel of the neighborhood. The patio is private but open and neighborly. Given these thoughtful touches, people often mistake Minguell-McQuary’s new builds for renovations (a compliment!). When it came to designing the interior spaces, Jose and Laura took a page from French-Swiss modernist architect Le Corbusier. The flexible two-story floor plan with tons of hidden pocket doors allows residents to segment rooms at will, creating guest rooms or offices as needed, with the option to keep all the doors open to “maintain flow.” As Laura says, these are “usable spaces, not just checked-off 54 EASTside | Aug/Sept 2017

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environments.” Natural light suffuses the white-oak flooring (finished on-site for a “raw” look) and glints off the polished concrete kitchen floor, ground down to expose the aggregate for added visual texture. As Jose explains, “Usually, architects just design the house and somebody else builds it; but we decided to basically become general contractors, too.” Doing so has allowed the firm of Minguell-McQuary Architecture and Design, in operation since 2009, to create spec homes that aren’t limited in design by the abilities of other builders, while also keeping costs down. “It’s not a house for just anyone,” Jose adds, citing first the price point and second, how the future residents would need to “appreciate the architecture as well as the neighborhood.” They await someone who feels “this is the right house in the right place.”

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512.865.8782 702 San Antonio St. minguell-mcquary.com @MinguellMcQuary

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Tips for Finding a Quality Build

Quality, Communication and Reputation is Key.

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Durable, Quality Construction That’s Built to Last. Choose a builder who open-

ly displays samples of the materials they use. They should openly talk about what is going into the walls and educate you on the products they use. In addition to durable materials, proven building practices will help ensure that you won’t experience issues in the future.

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Excellent Communication Skills and Follow Up. Building a new home can be a

stressful time, especially if you are new to the process. Your builder of choice should strive to provide updates throughout every step. Additionally, at each step, they should explain what that stage entails and if there are any delays.

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Transparency in cost. The construction industry has earned an unfortunate reputation for nickel and diming consumers. This is especially true when building a custom home. Look for a builder who remains transparent in your pricing. Know your general costs or intrust in a real estate representative who will guide you in this process. Asking for fixed price bids is an excellent way to keep the builder honest and open on costs.

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Builders Who Stand Behind Their Work.

You will want to work with a builder who trusts their own craftsmanship. But, make sure that if something does go wrong with the new home, the builder covers their work and fixes damages. That’s where products like Home Warranty Service Agreements and Structural Warranties come into play; they’re excellent tools that give an invaluable peace of mind.

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A Weekend In

San Diego Buena Vista

WORDS & PHOTOS BY ASHLEY BOWLING

SETTLED BY THE EUROPEANS IN THE EARLY 1600S AND NAMED AFTER THE SPANISH, THIS CITY IS FULL OF ART, CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE AND DIVERSITY. SAN DIEGO OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES AND HAS NEARLY PERFECT WEATHER ALL YEAR LONG.

Friday Before checking into your resort, grab some authentic Mexican grub at Los Cuatro Milpas. Don’t be intimidated by the line out the door; it moves fast. Afterwards, settle in at Kona Kia Resort on Shelter Island, an island connected to the main land and a departure point for various sport fishing charters. Stroll down the island to Bali Hai for their world famous

a family affair If traveling with kids in tow, bunk up at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. It’s close to SeaWorld San

Mai Tai’s and indulge in ahi tuna poké and lobster tacos during happy hour from 3 to 6pm. Catch a concert on your way back at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay.

Saturday If sport fishing is your thing, start your day early with a chartered tour from Point Loma Sport Fishing. If watching the whales migrate seems to be more feasible Diego and still centrally located. Don’t miss the thrilling Shark Encounter and the Turtle Reef exhibition and ride at SeaWorld. If you don’t think your

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than fishing, still early morning is the best time to spot one of these amazing mammals. Book a tour with San Diego Whale Watch, and be sure to grab a jacket before you set out. Learn about the sea life from their trained biologist while searching out sea giants. Great blue whales and mighty fin whales are most common sightings June through November; December through April, Pacific gray whales are more likely to be spotted. After a nap in the sun at the resort, grab some charcuterie and wine at the local grocer and head to Sunset Cliffs for a picnic dinner and some breathtaking views.

kids are quite ready to go surfing in the frigid water, try WaveHouse, a beachside entertainment venue where one can surf an artificial wave. Other

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Sunday Indulge in some mouthwatering breakfast at Fig Tree Café. Try their specialty French toast or a savory eggs benedict. Just north of the city, explore Torrey State Natural Reserve. It’s an easy hike with multiple trails and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean including a stunning walk on Blacks Beach where the surf is excellent, and clothing is optional. If fun and exciting places include San Diego’s world famous zoo and Lego Land San Diego.

you really want to get in the water (without getting in the water), explore the caves at La Jolla Cove on kayak with La Jolla Bike & Kayak Tours. Catch the sea lions at Sea Lion Cove and Children’s Pool for a close encounter with a sea lion pup. Afterward, grab lunch at The Taco Stand and get ice cream at Mr. Frostie on your way back. If arts, culture, science, and history are more interesting than hiking and kayaking the coast, don’t miss the Balboa Park and Gardens with beautiful grounds and a plethora of museums to choose from. The San Diego Museum of Man has re-opened after an 80-year closure and has Cannibals: Myth & Reality on exhibit through 2018. At Balboa Park, one can spend all day getting lost in the rich history and marvelous arts and still not see it all.


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Fresh Fish to Reel You In

Hook, Line, and Sinker

WORDS BY JESSICA DEVENYNS PHOTOS BY ASHLEY HAGUEWOOD

Every day at 5:45pm, seafood is flown into Austin-Bergstrom for Mongers’ kitchen. In fact, Shane Stark, the head chef at Mongers, says that most days one of his principal suppliers sends him pictures and says, “‘Hey, look what I caught. How much do you want?’”

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esides ensuring that every cut of fish he handles is as fresh as possible, having such a familiar relationship with his suppliers allows Chef Stark to purchase environmentally friendly “rod and reel or hook and line” caught fish, which is an important consideration for him when buying ingredients. However, this desire for the über-fresh catch results in a wide range of seafood showing up in his kitchen on any given day. Therefore, at Mongers, the menu remains “very small, very simple,” while the blackboard of chalk-scrawled daily specials becomes essential to frequent diners. Although the daily offerings change with the tide and the menu rotates every few months, there are a few dishes that remain staples throughout the

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seasons. Three mainstays on the menu are Poké Bowl, Madai Crudo, and Shrimp & Grit Cake.

Poké “Poké has become a very popular [dish], so we do a lot of poké,” admits Stark. However, he qualifies this in his defense saying, “I was doing poké at Kenichi back in 2001.” This Hawaiian marinated fish salad is deliciously simple. It is simply “sesame oil, red salt, candle nuts, onions (like sweet Maui’s), green onions, sesame seeds, ogo seaweed.” In a departure from tradition, Chef Stark likes to cut down on the marinating. “[Traditionally], Hawaiians will marinate it for two hours. I like it quicker because I think the salt cures it a little too much.”


“It’s hard not to do some raw fish,” explains Stark upon his presentation of a second raw appetizer. The Madai Crudo is crafted like a piece of modern art, its colors vividly preparing your eyes for the waves of flavor you are about to taste on your tongue. The raw, white fish has manzano chiles which the kitchen staff makes into a relish. “[The chilies have] a good heat to them but they’re really, really fruity,” adds Stark. The fish is also mixed with orange and cilantro and a little bit of daikon radish. Chef Stark finishes the composition with a dusting of Hawaiian black salt on top.

Shrimp and Grit Cake In every Southern seafood shack, it is inevitable that you will encounter shrimp and grits. At Mongers, this classic is only on the lunch menu and has been reimagined with just the right amount of artistry to make an overdone classic inspiring again. “It’s roasted jalapeño and cheddar grits that we just chill. [Then] cut like a polenta and pan fry,” explains Stark. We add “head-on Gulf white shrimp and a tomato-tasso gravy. You can almost go as far as saying a shrimp-head gravy.” Although it sounds rich, don’t worry. Chef Stark wouldn’t serve this treat without considering the health components of the dish. On the very top of the Jenga puzzle of shrimp, a pinch of salad is added. “Just something to lighten up the heaviness of the gravy,” he smiles. The last two and a half years, Mongers has been tantalizing taste buds. But that is just the beginning. “Hopefully we’ll be here for another two and a half years at least,” Stark grins. If they continue to strive for their incomparable level of freshness, it would be a good bet to say that they will be here much longer.

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Did You Know? Mongers serves oysters throughout the summer. However, despite the assumption that this raw shellfish is dangerous in months without an ‘R’, Chef Stark asserts that this old wives’ tale is patently false if you purchase your oysters from icy northern waters. “There’s a toxin called vibrio; it’s prominent in oysters and water in temperatures above 72 degrees. I don’t touch anything that’s above 70 degrees.”

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Kafta Kabobs Baba Ganoush & Pita Bread WORDS BY KAYLA & JUSTIN BUTTS PHOTOS BY RACHEL BENAVIDES

The barbecue of any given country reflects the natural resources of the land. Yet, bringing the Middle East to your grill has never been so easy.

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n America, our style of barbecue was born in the immense forests of olden days. Our forefathers had access to limitless amounts of firewood, so they were able to slowly roast huge sides of beef or pork on fires that burned for days. We inherited our love of briskets and other large cuts of meat from the long-burning fires of our ancestors. However, trees have always been scarce in the deserts of Arabia. Barbecue in the Middle East evolved over the treeless centuries into small cuts of meat that could be grilled quickly over a modest fire. This fast-grilling tradition produced the kafta kabob. A kafta kabob is a skewer of ground meat seasoned with herbs and spices and grilled over a fire. They bring a unique and exotic flavor to the table. And because they cook so quickly, they are easy to grill to perfection. Traditional Middle Eastern kafta is made from mutton. For this recipe, we used our own grass-fed ground beef and seasoned the kafta with garlic, onions, pars62 EASTside | Aug/Sept 2017

ley, and mint from the garden. Cumin and cinnamon give kafta kabobs their signature Middle Eastern flavor. Baba ganoush is a dip made from eggplant, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Grilling the eggplant gives your baba ganoush its smoky flavor while removing the phenolic compounds that can make eggplant bitter. It can be can be served on top of the kabobs or as a dip for vegetables or pita bread. Pita bread can be grilled along with the kafta and eggplant or finish it on a cast iron skillet. Homemade pita is the perfect complement to your kafta kabob and brings an authentic flair to this dish. These recipes are perfect for a simple and healthy weeknight meal for the family. Because these dishes are flavorful and out of the ordinary, they will make a wonderful addition to any weekend grilling party.

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Directions: Mix yeast, sugar, and water in a large mixing bowl. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes, until bubbles begin to form. Add remaining ingredients and knead for 5 minutes until a smooth, elastic dough is formed. Let rise for one hour. Place a cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and form into balls. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough until each pita is 1/8” thick. Cook the formed pitas on preheated skillet for 2 minutes on each side. Serve warm with kafta kabobs and baba ganoush.

baba ganoush Yields: 6 servings Prep time: 7 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Inactive prep time: 10 minutes 1 large eggplant, thickly sliced ¼ c. tahini 2 cloves garlic 2 t. fresh parsley 1 T. good-quality extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle on the eggplant ¼ t. salt juice of one lemon pinch of cumin

kafta kabobs Yields: 4-6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef 4 cloves garlic, minced ½ onion, minced 3 T. fresh parsley, chopped 3 T. fresh mint, chopped ½ t. cumin ¼ t. cinnamon 1 t. kosher salt ½ t. cayenne pepper

Directions: Preheat gas or charcoal grill according to your normal procedure. Submerge 8 wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Divide the beef mixture into eight portions and form the meat mixture around each skewer. Place each skewer on direct heat for 2 minutes per side, with the lid to the grill open. Then move to indirect heat with grill lid closed for 10-12 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160°F.

pita bread Yields: 8 servings Prep time: 7 minutes Inactive prep time: 1 hr Cook time: 10 minutes 1 packet, or 2¼ t. fast-acting dry yeast 1 ½ t. sugar 1 1/3 c. water 4 c. bread flour 1 T. salt ¼ c. olive oil

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Directions: Preheat grill. Drizzle sliced eggplant with olive oil. Grill on direct heat for 2 minutes on each side, then move to indirect heat with the grill lid closed for an additional 10-15 minutes (or until flesh is tender). Remove from grill. Once the eggplant has cooled, remove the peel. Place the eggplant pulp and remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth, about 45 seconds. Serve with pita bread. eastsideatx.com

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Austin Daily Press has spent the last five years honing their craft, and it shows! The ADP team, led by Chef Reed Faitak and coowners Dustin Knef and Chase Rushing, have found their voice through creating incredibly flavorful experiences sandwiched between locally baked telera. 1900 E MLK Jr. Blvd. | E Cesar Chavez location opening soon | austindailypress.com

Acai Hut

Acai Hut will soon be bringing Brazilian acai to Mueller. Sweet, tart, and refreshing all at once, this healthy alternative to smoothies is the best thing you’ll eat with a spoon all summer. Mueller brick & mortar location opening soon | acaihut.com

Something about Hillside Farmacy’s oysters, weekend brunches, and cocktails just make you feel better. Perhaps that's due to its historical location in the lovingly renovated 1950s Hillside Drugstore. Or perhaps it’s because the fresh, carefully selected seasonal food that comes from local farms and onto your plate is just good medicine. 1209 E 11th St. | hillsidefarmacy.com

El Sunzal

El Sunzal is a quintessential hole-in-the-wall that makes up for its barebones appearance with its exceptional El Salvadorian fare. Make sure to sample the fried yucca, seafood soup, and the papusas. 642 Calles St.

Juan in a Million

Made famous by the Don Juan, this no-frills establishment has more to offer than insurmountable breakfast tacos. Try the migas or the huevos rancheros for starters. 2300 E Cesar Chavez St. | juaninamillion.com

Buenos Aires Café

Flyrite Chicken

Disrupting the fast food industry one sandwich at a time, Flyright is a drive-thru with all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. 2129 E 7th St. | flyritechicken.com

American cocktails and Argentinian fare make their home side by side at Buenos Aires Café. The locally inspired menu offers Argentinian mainstays like empanadas as well as seasonal favorites. Don’t be surprised to find yourself falling in love with the live Latin music and flavors that come out of this restaurant. 1201 E 6th St. | buenosairescafe.com

The Doughminican

Find Caribbean beats, happy people, and soul-filled food at this trailer. Try the legendary empanadas that are rolled out fresh for everyone, the quipes, and the sweet bean dessert. 1403 E 7th St. | thedoughminican.com

Kyoten Sushiko Artessano

The fresh tropical fruit juice and the arepas are why you need to visit Artessano. As a food trailer specializing in Colombian food, expect dance music and lots of friendly conversation when you visit. 1211 E 6th St.

At Kyoten, Chef Otto Phan’s attention to detail makes for an impeccable dining experience. With such measured preparation and presentation, you can trust that you will be dazzled with each visit. 4600 Mueller Blvd., Ste.1035 | kyotensushiko.com

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Although known for their beef ribs, brisket, and craft meats, if you’re headed to Micklethwait’s, you can’t forget about the sides. Your meal won’t be the same without a scoop of the jalapeño cheese grits or lemon poppy seed cole slaw. 1309 Rosewood Ave. | craftmeatsaustin.com

Daruma Ramen

Enjoy a bowl of ramen in an intimate setting. Unusual for ramen bars in the area, Daruma specializes in chicken broths whose light flavors pair sublimely with an addition of a softboiled egg. 612-B E 6th St. | darumaramen.com 64 EASTside | Aug/Sept 2017

Patrizi’s

Mouths water when plates head out of Patrizi’s tiny kitchen in the Manor Restaurant District. Plus, one Wednesday a month is extra special when the chefs have the opportunity to be creative with traditional Italian fare. 2307 Manor Rd. | patrizis.com

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Yellow Jacket Social Club

Come for brunch, come for happy hour, come for a good time. Whether you’re on the shaded patio or inside at the bar, the food is always good and the drinks are always cold at Yellow Jacket Social Club. Plus, this is a pet-friendly establishment. 1704 E 5th St. | yellowjacketsocialclub.com

S-H Donuts

This unassuming store front houses an outstanding array of donuts, kolaches, and breakfast croissants. Even if the food wasn’t enough, owners Socea and Sarorn make the trip to S-H worth it every time. 5313 Manor Rd.

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Rockstar Bagels

Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Joe’s ingenuity has produced some of the best bagels on the block. Made in an authentic New York fashion, you won’t be disappointed as you consider the texture of every chewy bite. 1900 Rosewood Ave. | rockstarbagels.com

J. Leonardi’s Barbecue

This little barbecue truck produces a mountain of smoky flavor. With large portions and an affordable menu, you’ll be tempted into ordering the ribs and the turkey just because. 1149 1/2 Airport Blvd. | jleonardibbq.com

Justine's Brasserie

A tiny kitchen with a walk-up window, Taco Mex nevertheless manages to serve up healthy sized and fairly priced breakfast tacos and chicken quesadillas with authentic Tex-Mex flavors. 2611 Manor Rd. | tacomexorders.com

Known for late-night dining and artistic flare, Justine’s should be on the radar of anyone who is craving French fare. Sit on the patio, enjoy a cocktail, and revel in the experience. 4710 E 5th St. | justines1937.com

The Dog & Duck Pub

Li’l Nonna’s

Since this Austin classic moved east, not much has changed. Still serving up fish and chips alongside dozens of draft beers, this pub is a little English village in the middle of east Austin. 2400 Webberville Rd. | dogandduckpub.com

Komé Sushi Kitchen

Seat yourself among wood-paneled walls and select from an expansive saké list featuring local and imported options as well as a menu full of inventive variations of flavorful Japanese classics. 4917 Airport Blvd. | kome-austin.com

Vintage Heart Coffee

Eden East

Under the wizened oak trees of Springdale Farm is an unmarked trailer whose plain façade belies hyper-seasonal, farm-to-table dishes. Whether it’s a farm-fresh breakfast on market days or a sit-down pre fixe dinner under the stars, Eden East reinvents the idea of eating local. Keep an eye out for their a-lacarte nights one Thursday a month. 755 Springdale Rd. | edeneastaustin.com

Today you can choose from lavender lattés, cold brew coffee or lemonade served with house-made simple syrup flavors. But soon you’ll select from an array of food trucks and an extensive beer and wine list, too. 1405 E 7th St. | vintageheartcoffee.com

Dee Dee

Raised in northern Thailand, Lakana brings the region’s flavors to east Austin. With a name that means “good good,” no one can argue that this food truck has set itself up for success. 1906 E Cesar Chavez St. | deedeeatx.com

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Vegan pizza that surpasses expectations, this is where Li’l Nonna’s shines. Even the staunchest supporters of animal products will have to appreciate the beeteroni and vegan mozzarella. 1505 Town Creek Dr. | lilnonnas.com

Mongers Market + Kitchen

Fish doesn’t get much fresher. Check out the catch of the day blackboard for stellar raw bar creations, or order a Gulf-inspired dishes from the curated menu. 2401 E Cesar Chavez St. | mongersaustin.com

Tamale House

The Valera family built their East 6th location decades back, but as their residence. Now, the bungalow serves as their restaurant where Tex-Mex is served up with east Austin flair. 1707 E 6th St. | tamalehousetogo.com

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eastside / sip With fair trade coffee bought from small batch coffee co-ops, vegan and gluten-free pastries and the house-made simple syrups to make drinks such as Mocha Lavender Lattes and Rosemary Lemonades already on the menu, co-owner Abigail King is stepping outside of the box. Currently, she is in the process of transforming the original coffee shop into a dog-loving, kid-friendly neighborhood foodie destination for not just coffee lovers, but for those seeking good beer, good wine, and good food.

Drink Ingredients: Lavender Lemonade: house-made lavender syrup made with fresh lavender buds and San Pellegrino Limonata Cold Brew Coffee: housemade with Frios Mio beans from Third Coast Coffee Roasters in South Austin

OLD IS NEW AGAIN

vintage heart coffee

Early this fall, the shaded alley running along side the building will be converted into a greenery patio to provide additional seating for the incoming food trailers. The two existing food trailers, Granny’s Tacos and Boteco, will remain. The Doughminican, a food trailer serving native Dominican favorites, is opening in its new location this August. Goody Goody Gumbo, which serves traditional and vegan/GF gumbos, is slated to move in this fall. Inside the shop, the coffee menu will stay virtually the same. Don't worry—they are not touching the cold brew. The menu will just be expanding to offer local, vegan favorites such as La Pâtisserie pastries, sandwiches from The Green Cart, juices from Daily Greens, and KTonic Kombucha. Once the beer and wine license is secure, The Austin Shaker will curate a small selection of international wines along with a rotating assortment of local craft beers such as Blue Owl's Czech Pils and Austin Beerworks' Fire Eagle IPA, and because no bar in Austin can be considered legitimate unless they serve the state beer of Texas, frosty Lone Star tallboys will be available for the thirsty.

WORDS BY JENNIFER SIMONSON PHOTOS BY PARKER THORNTON

A PAIR OF DR. T.J. ECKLEBURG HORN-RIMMED EYES PEER AT YOU AS YOU SWING OPEN THE BACK DOOR INTO VINTAGE HEART COFFEE. HOWEVER, INSTEAD OF PASSING THROUGH THE ASHY SUMMERTIME HEAT INTO A GLITZY GOLD INTERIOR, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS DOOR IS A QUIET LIVING ROOM WHERE SOFT MUSIC BUZZES BELOW THE WHIR OF THE ESPRESSO MACHINE. OTHER THAN THAT, THERE IS SILENCE AND THE WONDERFUL SMELL OF COFFEE.

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espite the quantity of caffeine flowing into lovingly chipped porcelain cups, no phones ring, conversations are muted, and baristas greet you with languid smiles. Even the sunshine seems soft as it streams through the floor-toceiling windows to the floor. A simple chalkboard lists the drinks—the most notable of which is the signature cold brew coffee. “It is the beans we use,” explains barista Allison Anlers. “Third Coast Coffee Roasters does a great job of blending beans specifically for our cold brew coffee.”

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Did You Know?

Served over ice in a Mason jar, the cold coffee is a refreshing caffeination that can help you withstand even the hottest days. With bright Nicaraguan beans that release hints of vanilla and sweeter, less acidic notes of chocolate humming off the Colombian beans, Vintage Heart’s cold brew is the perfect blend. And their selection is about to get better. Vintage Heart Coffee opened in 2012 and was one of the first coffee shops in the neighborhood. After five years, as a quiet place with great coffee, a friendly staff, and a cozy locale to study or work, this converted bungalow is about to reveal a new coffee concept.

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contact:

512.524.0583 1405 E 7th Street vintageheart.coffee @vintageheartcoffee

Starting this fall, following the remodel, Vintage Heart Coffee will begin hosting live music, film screenings, and other events.


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