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We take you through nine Austin neighborhoods whose neighborly relations we covet.

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ike many of you, I’ve been a fan of this magazine for years. Not only for the way it captures what we love about Austin, but — true confession — its

signature smell. Fresh issues are the best. This is my first TRIBEZA issue to edit and that it is our neighborhood issue has some sweet synchronicity. If not for meeting my next-door neighbor 16 years ago, I wouldn’t be writing this. TRIBEZA’s publisher George Elliman, now known as Uncle Jorge to my kids, moved in at 4411 to my 4409, and we shared a driveway. Not all neighbors can be good driveway sharers, but we lucked out. Since then we’ve shared many things: dinners, holidays, trips, work projects and laps around Quarry Lake. I’ve been his “responsible” adult (the term is used loosely here) for minor surgeries. George has ferried my kids for breakfast tacos and school drop offs when I was stuck out of town, and has checked my house for burglars at 3am. In my 30 years in Austin, my family and I’ve done a bit of sleeping around. We’ve resided in Rosedale, Travis Heights, Pemberton, Tarrytown, Westlake and far East Austin in Elgin. Each neighborhood has its own special beat and flavor. There were the

I first met Bill, the postman we feature in this issue, as he was delivering mail to my friend Robbin’s home last year. She had just lost her son and husband, six weeks apart. Bill walks up and gives her this long, silent, emotional hug. I thought “what postman does that?” The story seed was planted then.

neighbors we met for the first time when they spied our moving truck pull up to move us out. They wandered over to say hi and bye. (Code move to find out who was moving in.) And there was the neighborhood that was five square blocks of Halloween night goodness…pulling my kids around the neighborhood in their little red wagon — me with my little red Solo cup — for candy and refills. There’s always that neighborhood that strays from being all picket fences and bluebirds. We lived in one where HOA must have citations for such serious infractions like a burnt-out garage light bulb. They handed fines out like a clown does balloon animals. In this issue, we take you on a tour of nine Austin neighborhoods, focusing on the residents’ relationships with each other, what transpires between our fence pickets and condo elevators. To select these neighborhoods, we sent out a survey asking people to tell us about what makes their neighborhood remarkable or unique. We were impressed by the many people who felt like their home base was populated with special friendships.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

MP Mueller

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It was a long-haul capturing nine neighborhoods—nearly 24 hours of shooting and thousands of pictures to cull. And it was both fun and lovely to work with photographer Dagny Piasecki. She charmed our 60 plus subjects, mesmerized 15 or so dogs and gave us all some beautiful images.

BILL THE POSTMAN BY SARAH WILSON, THE LIMON BROTHERS BY DAGNY PIASECKI

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TREEFOLKS ROOT BALL GALA Held at the farmhouse-style restaurant Eden East, TreeFolks’ Root Ball Gala on April 29 recognized the work of those supporting and preserving Texas greenery. Live music amped the grounds of Springdale Farm and seasonal dishes by Chef Sonya Cote were enjoyed. Austin Mayor Steve Adler presented awards that evening, honoring H.E.B., Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea and Austin City Council Member Greg Casar.

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U R B A N R O OT S 5 T H A N N UA L TO U R D E FA R M UrbanRoots’ 5th Annual Tour De Farm was a fun-filled evening for the whole community, with food and drinks provided by a list of Austin favorites, including Launderette, Lenoir, Salt & Time, Tito’s Vodka and Hops & Grain. Though rain forced the fundraiser to be moved into an indoor venue, the night was a success, with more than $119,000 raised to support UrbanRoots’ programs to support youth.

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Community + CULTURE C U LT U R A L D I S PATC H E S F R O M AU S T I N ' S C R E AT I V E CO M M U N I T Y The HOPE Outdoor Gallery paint park at 11th and Baylor Streets. PHOTOGRAPH BY DANIEL CAVAZOS

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Vic Ayad and Andi Scull Chapman, the force behind HOPE Outdoor Gallery.

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for her HOPE Outdoor Gallery vision. In 2010,

he stopped halfway up the final staircase of his

she enlisted her friend, street artist Shepard

top floor office to look at himself in a funhouse

Fairey—known for his work on another HOPE

mirror and laugh. “The fun never ends,” he said,

campaign with President (then nominee)

clearly amused.

Barack Obama—to spray the inaugural piece of art. From there, things took off.

While HOG is only six years old, for Ayad it’s seeped with “old Austin.” The paint park

Today, the paint park is a gallery with new art

is a throwback to the things that made him

every day. Yoga classes, proposals and weddings

move to Austin 40 years ago from Amarillo:

happen almost weekly at the site. It has served

“The acceptance, the music, the arts,” he said.

as the backdrop for countless music videos,

“In many ways it's one of the last vestiges to

selfies from the spot flood social media and

when Austin was a hippie college town.” And

paint park photos adorn coasters sold on South

to when there was a strong marriage between

by Sofia Sokolove

Congress Avenue. Scull Cheatham estimates

the musical and visual arts. “Back in the day

that nearly 1000 people visit the site daily,

there was the Armadillo World Headquarters,”

IN 2009, ANDI SCULL CHEATHAM—founder

which she said would make it the most-visited

explained longtime Austinite, HOG supporter

and executive producer of the HOPE (Helping

tourist attraction in town.

and board member Chris Layton. Layton,

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Other People Everywhere) Campaign—was

It’s much more than a tourist stop. It’s

founding member of blues rock band Double

looking for a way to promote the organizations’

an ‘open mic’ for artists with coveted large-

Trouble, explained, “The [Armadillo] had

farmers’ market. A friend suggested hanging

scale canvases to practice on — for free. The

a stable of in-house artists…a real active

some posters on a hill of concrete walls just

result is a rich and diverse piece of public art

connection to making really great poster art

west of Lamar Boulevard, at Baylor and 11th

that’s different every day. It’s hard to imagine

that represented every event that took place.”

Streets. At the time, the central Austin spot

curating a gallery space with the frequency,

HOG, said Layton, harkens back to that: “It’s

was in shambles, the former home of an old

or the quality, of HOG. Anyone can paint

kind of like trying to keep the old ‘hood intact.”

condo project that had been abandoned for 30

(although you’ll need a ‘paint pass’: to get

HOG’s own ‘hood might be changing soon:

years. The half-graffitied walls were crumbling,

one email murals@hopecampaign.com) and

Scull Cheatham and Ayad have been chatting

garbage was everywhere and the space was

everyone can enjoy.

with the city, Austin Parks Foundation and

mostly vacated save for some homeless people

Two years into the project, HOG’s financial

others to move the paint park to a more

and a few vans parked on the street where

angel Ayad was so enamored with the paint

permanent and public location. “It was always

people were living. Six years later, it’s now the

park that he purchased Dick Clark’s interest

meant to be temporary,” explained Scull

colorful, iconic and bustling HOPE Outdoor

in the property. Since then, he has personally

Cheatham, “The real truth is we have outgrown

Gallery (HOG) — a paint park unlike any in the

underwritten the park’s upkeep — he and his

the location.” There are limitations (and not

world.

partners have spent over $1 million on property

to mention expenses) of keeping HOG on

“Let me think about what this could really be

taxes, insurance and interest to date. He is

private property, and Scull Cheatham and

used for,” Scull Cheatham recalled telling her

the modern day Renaissance art patron. “A

Ayad are looking forward to the amenities of

friend about the site back then, “This is a much

six-month experiment turned into a six-year

a public property. While the location of HOG

bigger project than putting up posters for our

project because I couldn’t bear to close it — it

is uncertain, the sentiment behind it is not.

farmers’ market.” Indeed it was.

just wouldn’t have been right,” Ayad shared.

“We’re keeping it weird, baby, keeping it weird,”

The first thing Scull Cheatham did was

When you meet with him, as I did a few weeks

Ayad told me with a grin. “It’s my contribution

reach out to the property owners, architect

ago at his office directly above the paint park

towards keeping Austin as close to it's pre-

Dick Clark and Castle Hill Partners founding

at the historic Texas Military Institute Castle,

boom origins as possible…you look at what

principal Victor Ayad. They agreed to let her

you understand immediately the 58-year-old’s

[the paint park] has become — how could you

use the dilapidated property for six months

childlike love of fun. Dressed in a bespoke suit,

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THE Humans of HOPE NATE “SLOKE ONE” NORDSTROM is on the HOPE

TONY DIAZ is on the HOPE

VICTOR AYAD is the owner of the

HOPE Outdoor Gallery property.

ANTONIO MADRID is a HOPE

Board chairman & art installation director. He also is a partner in ICON Design & Build.

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Arts Advisory Board and is owner & founder of Industry Print.

ANDI SCULL CHEATHAM 3. is the

founder and executive director of the HOPE Organization, including HOPE Farmers' Market and the HOPE Outdoor Gallery.

Arts Advisory Board and is a Austin-based professional muralist & spray can artist.

CHRIS SCULL is the HOPE Music Supervisor & a board member. He also D.J.'s under the name D.J. ChinoCasino.

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Austin for more than 20 years. That may seem normal to many of you, but keep in mind that my Dad worked for IBM so I grew up moving about every two years. The idea of being in the same town long enough to sprout roots, or sprout children with roots, is almost unfathomable to me. My son has a Texas flag hung above his bed and drives a pickup truck, what more can I say? As a longtime Austinite, I have had the chance to live in several neighborhoods over the years. There was my first apartment up by the Arboretum – close to work but not close to fun, so I promptly broke that lease and moved to Barton Hills by Zilker Park. I remember riding my bike to Chuy’s and scraping together money for a frozen margarita so I could eat a free happy hour dinner of chips, salsa and refried beans in the bar. I lived in a rented house with six girls over on Deep Eddy, which was very convenient to Deep Eddy Cabaret and late night breakfasts at Magnolia Café on Lake Austin. I bought my first house, a fixer upper in Tarrytown – more fixer than upper. I got married and moved to a house on the lake. Oddly enough, the first time I ever visited Austin I stood up on Mount Bonnell and looked down and said, “I’m going to live down there one day.” And hot damn, I did. F O R A L I M I T E D - E D I T I O N P R I N T, C O N TA C T J O Y G A L L A G H E R @ G M A I L . C O M

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T H E MOST I M P O RTA N T T H I N G A B O U T N E I G H B O R H O O DS I S T H E T H I N G T H AT I LOV E M OS T A B O U T T E X A S A S A W H O L E: T H E P EO P L E.

Later I got divorced and had a couple houses in

old school places central and west, new places

rest of us. People care. My friend found a stray

Tarrytown, one of them on whimsical Stamford

downtown, and north has gotten so vast I am

lab, ancient and blind, wandering dangerously

Lane. In eighth grade, my son Luke decided he

not even sure what all is up there. There is the

in the street. Her neighborhood has an online

wanted to play football across the river so we

Hike and Bike, the Greenbelt and the Violet

chat room where she posted a pic of the pooch,

started house hunting. We found a house and

Crown trail linking our nature-loving town in

who was shortly reunited with her frantic

clicked our confirmation via DocuSign while

fitness and fun. And of course there is the traffic

family.

traveling that summer in Spain, and suddenly

keeping us all packed tightly together.

we had a new neighborhood.

about

now?) often complain about the growth

that

mean

neighborhoods is the thing that I love

and change here in Austin. But if you look

different

styles

most about Texas as a whole: the people. A

beyond the construction and the traffic, to

of homes—from small, older homes and

neighborhood is all about community. Not far

the undercurrent beneath the surface, I would

bungalows to sprawling remodels. There are

from my house is one of those “little libraries”

venture to say something about our bursting

manicured lawns and gardens watered by

like a birdhouse filled with donated books,

communities. The thing that attracts people to

private well, and there are scrubby cedar trees

with a couple Adirondack chairs beside it. Like

our beautiful city is not just the sunny weather,

with natural grasses (mostly brown in summer)

a front porch, it speaks softly, 'come and sit

the University, the music, the industry, the

and agaves. There are places where you can

awhile'. Neighborhoods invite us to slow down

lakes, the parks, the food and the fun – it’s the

walk to cafes and small grocers, and other

and connect. Recently a precious teenage boy

energy of the people who choose to live here.

places where you drive a sticker-covered SUV

was in the hospital after a serious car accident.

to HEB. There’s high-rise living downtown, and

I was at the grocery store and saw a poster with

family-oriented,

then there are people who have chicken coops,

his picture on it and a reminder to pray for him

generous people tend to attract more of the

gardens and driveways littered in scooters and

and his family. That, right there, is community.

same.

strollers. There are hip places south and east,

When something happens to one, it impacts the

There

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thing

Long-time residents (I guess I am one

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While the burgeoning Seaholm neighborhood continues to develop, a new piece of public art has blossomed there. With Golden Afternoon, 36 stainless steel fl owers connected by fi ber-optic cables adorn the wall to the parking garage just below Seaholm

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Plaza. Made by Urban Matter Inc., and inspired by

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Texas wildfl owers, the piece utilizes fi ve motion sensors to trigger different responses from the lights in and along the fl owers. The result? An interactive experience from the plaza to the level below. Who knew

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STORY TIME The idea was simple — to get a few friends together to tell stories in someone's backyard. “We did it one time and afterward people were like, this is so fun, when are we going to do it again?” John Brewster said. Three

years

later,

Backyard

Story

Night, the brainchild of Brewster and Meg Mattingly, has outgrown a single backyard and now attracts hundreds to hear free storytelling every other month. Adopting East 4th Street bar the Scoot Inn as their new venue, Backyard Story Night invites anyone to tell a five-minute story. The organizers are often as surprised as the crowd. “That’s part of the fun of it,” Brewster explained, “We’re enjoying it just as much as everybody else.” The storytelling trend is growing, with PHOTO BY GAVIN CANTRELL

Hyde Park Storytelling and Beyond Our

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Backyard also regularly holding story nights. Brewster’s goal is to spread the practice of storytelling itself. “It’s such a simple thing and nobody owns storytelling. It’s just part of humanity,” said Brewster. For more information visit backyardstorynight.com/ austin and austinstorytelling.com

FITNESS WITH A BREEZE Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation, primo outdoor workouts are available for free around the city. The foundation helps sponsor complimentary fitness classes, including yoga for adults and kids, in neighborhood parks like Dick Nichols and Wooldridge Square. Check their website for schedules and weather updates. For more information visit austinparks.org/ourevents/fitness-in-the-park


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Ever wonder what it’s like to climb up the ladder of a fire engine? Or perform emergency CPR? Each year the City of Austin hosts a free 12-week series, CityWorks Academy, where participants get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the city run. Highlighting different departments each week, the program lets participants experience goings on at the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, City Hall and Homeland Security. Applications for the program open in July. For more information visit austintexas.gov/department/cityworks-academy

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REQUIRED READING “Some of the earliest books I read were historical fiction and I found them particularly transporting and magical,” author Stephen Harrigan said. With his latest novel, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln, the Michener Center Faculty Fellow takes a look at the life of a young Abraham Lincoln through the window of a fictional friendship. Published in February, the work caught the attention of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, naming it the 2016 Mayor’s Book Club selection. Harrigan hopes that some of the book’s deeper

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Summer is prime pool time, which means scouting the best spots to take a dip — and if you can do it with a drink in hand, even better. Dive in and belly up at the Westin Austin Downtown’s Azul, the city’s highest hotel rooftop pool and bar, open to the public. Knock back a Coconut Cooler or Strawberry Sherry while admiring the skyline doing some chaise lounge laps. Take the plunge during public hours Monday through Thursday from

themes of ambition and the meaning of friendship

3 – 9pm, and Sundays starting at 11am. Cue Blue

will resonate with Austinites. “I think most people at

Hawaii: Mark your calendar for their Luau and Pig

some time in their life are desperate to make some-

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thing of themselves and not quite sure how to go

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about it and that’s a problem that Lincoln had, just along with all the rest of us.” For more information visit stephenharrigan.com.

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Entertainment MUSIC RANDY NEWMAN

Paramount Theatre June 1, 8pm BLINK 182

Circuit of the Americas June 2, 8pm DALE WATSON & HIS LONESTARS

The Highball June 2, 8pm

MORGAN HERITAGE

The Parish June 3, 8pm

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS W/ PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

Whitewater Music Amphitheater June 4, 7:30pm NORA EN PURE

Kingdom June 4, 10pm

BØRNS W/ LEWIS DEL MAR

Stubb’s Outdoors June 7, 7pm

THRICE WITH LA DISPUTE AND GATES

Emo’s Austin June 7, 6:30pm

TAMECA JONES

The Long Center June 8, 7:30 pm MATT CORBY

Hogg Memorial Auditorium June 9, 6:30pm ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

One World Theatre June 10, 7pm

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SPEEDY ORTIZ W/ THE GOOD LIFE

FILM

Barracuda June 10, 9pm

ROGUE WAVE FT. FLOATING ACTION

Mohawk June 11, 8pm

RIVER CITY POPS: BRITISH INVASION

The Long Center June 16-19, showtimes vary TORO Y MOI DJ SET

Empire Control Room & Garage June 17, 7pm SELENA GOMEZ

Frank Erwin Center June 17, 7:30pm DARIUS RUCKER

June 18, 7pm Austin360 Amphitheater THE AVETT BROTHERS

ACL Live at the Moody Theater June 19, 6:30pm TOKYO POLICE CLUB W/ WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS

Emo’s June 20, 7pm

JAMES TAYLOR

Frank Erwin Center June 22, 8:30pm CITIZEN COPE: AN INTIMATE SOLO

Stubb’s Outdoors June 24, 7pm JESSY LANZA

The Parish June 28, 8pm

DRIFT-IN THEATER: MOONRISE KINGDOM

The Contemporary Austin: Laguna Gloria June 3, 8:30pm TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE (D’UNE PIERRE DEUX COUPS)

AFS Cinema June 3, 8pm

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

Blue Starlight Drive-In June 4, 8:45pm THE OTHERSIDE

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre June 8, 7:30pm TEXAS FOCUS: TRUE STORIES

Alamo Drafthouse Village June 9, 7pm

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

AFS Cinema June 17, 8pm

A SPACE PROGRAM

AFS Cinema June 24, 8pm THE EXILE

Violet Crown Cinema June 28, 7pm VAUDEVILLE AND VITAPHONE SHORTS

Harry Ransom Center June 30, 7pm

Emily Ann Theatre June 3-July 3, 8:15pm

BUYER AND CELLAR

ZACH Theatre June 8-August 14, showtimes vary TANGERINE

Sekrit Theater June 10, 7pm SHAKESPEARE: A WINTER’S TALE

Ramsey Park June 9-25, 8pm FAMILIES

Coldtowne Theater Through June 25, 8:30pm 16TH ANNUAL SOUL TO SOLE FESTIVAL

The Long Center June 10-11, 8pm

COMEDY BILL BELLAMY

Capital City Comedy Club June 3-5, showtimes vary SHITFACED SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Spider House Ballroom Through June 25, 6:15pm MAGGIE MAYE

The Velveeta Room June 3-4, showtimes vary FORTUNE FEIMSTER

THEATER

KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS

ACL Live at the Moody Theater June 30, 6:30pm

SHREK THE MUSICAL

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Topfer Theatre at ZACH Theatre June 1-26, showtimes vary

Capital City Comedy Club June 9-11, showtimes vary KICK BUTT STAND UP

Kick Butt Coffee June 17, 9pm


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MIKE MACRAE

TX GERMAN BIER & KASE FESTIVAL

JENNY ZIGRINO

TEXAS ROLLER DERBY: RHINESTONE COWGIRLS VS. LAS PUTAS DEL FUEGO

The Velveeta Room June 17-18, showtimes vary

Locations vary June 22-25, 8 pm PAULY SHORE

North Door June 23, 8 pm

CHILDREN BABY BLOOMERS – FAMOUS ARTISTS: FRIDA KAHLO

Thinkery June 4-6

Palmer Events Center June 4, 6pm

CHEF JACQUES PEPIN

The Long Center June 5, 3pm

THE AUSTIN WRITERS ROULETTE

Malvern Books June 12, 4pm

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL

BUBBLEPALOOZA!

Long Center for the Performing Arts June 6, 8am 3D PRINTING: PART 2

Thinkery June 12, 2:30pm

ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS

Thinkery June 13, 9am

Downtown Austin June 9-12

REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BIKER RALLY

Travis County Expo Center June 9-12 SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

Pan Am Park June 17-18

CENTRAL TEXAS JUNETEENTH 2K, PARADE AND CELEBRATION

4TH ANNUAL WOODLAND FAERIE TRAIL

Zilker Botanical Garden Through June 24

OTHER PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE CREANEY

Sangerrunde Hall and Scholz Garten June 4, 5pm

X GAMES

Circuit of the Americas June 2-5 ART BRA AUSTIN

Palmer Events Center June 4, 6pm

MLK Blvd. and Rosewood Park June 18th

AC2: AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH ANDERSON COOPER & ANDY COHEN

Bass Concert Hall June 25, 8pm

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK FESTIVAL

George Washington Carver Museum June 25 KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD FEST & 5K

Downtown Austin June 25

S TA R PA R K S by Derek Van Wagner

The Blackheart JUNE 24

Star Parks is that new band you may not have heard of, but after listening to the debut album, it is one you’ll not soon forget. Don't Dwell was released in May on Paper Trail records. It is chock-full of dreamy guitar hooks, warm melodies and thoughtful songwriting that give it a nostalgic feel right after the first listen. It is tough to put your finger on it, but Star Parks' sound lands somewhere between Harry Nilsson, Leonard Cohen and Dr. Dog. Andy Bianculli is the guitarist and band leader for Star Parks, writing all the tunes and doing the heavy lifting during the recording process. He is joined by Ben Burdick (bass and vocals), Keith Lough (drums), Morris Ramos (guitar and vocals) and Nathaniel Klugman (keys). One of Bianculli's old bands, the Preservation, was an Austin favorite, playing events like Blues On the Green and ACL Fest. Unfortunately they split after a few years together, but out of the ashes has risen this wonderful new ensemble. Star Parks will perform on the inside stage at The Blackheart on June 24. It’s one of the most intimate stages in town and truly tests a band to see if they can cut it with limited space, stripped-down sound and just a few inches separating the audience from the amps. This is your opportunity to see a quality band play less than 10 feet in front of you. And, it will most likely be the smallest stage Star Parks will play for a long time to come. tribeza.com | JUNE 2016

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JUNE 2 CHRIS GUARINO: FROM THE UNKNOWN

Wally Workman Gallery 6pm

JUNE 4-JULY 2

ONGOING BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Goya: Mad Reason June 19 through September 25 UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM Studio in the Museum

JAMES ANDREW SMITH Wally Workman Gallery

BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky

JUNE 11 BRANDON SNOW

ART on 5th Gallery

June 19 through January 22, 2017 AUSTIN CITY HALL The People's Gallery 2016 Exhibition Through January 2017

SAR AH FERGUSON + JAMES ANDREW SMITH by Ashley Lopez

ART WORK BY SAR AH FERGUSON

Through October 16 SARAH FERGUSON AND

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EVOLUTION Art.Science.Gallery. 7pm

This month, the Wally Workman Gallery will showcase the concept of color

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and light mastery through the painted works of Sarah Ferguson and James Andrew Smith. The group show will exhibit the geometric forms of artist Sarah

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Ferguson alongside James Andrew Smith’s vibrant still lifes of flowers. Though

The Blanton Museum of Art

their subject matters are on opposite ends of the artistic spectrum, the artists’

6pm

emphasis of color application and sources of light allow for the distinct pieces to play off of each other. The natural aesthetic of Smith’s flowers is easy to appreciate, as is the freedom and exploration encouraged in Ferguson’s geometric patterns. “I strive to match a color seen, and to apply it accurately to my still life. Sarah strives to create a color envisioned and apply it accurately to her design,” noted Smith about the different approaches he and Ferguson have toward the concept of color. “Much like a wine and food pairing, I feel a shared show can bring out the subtleties in an artist's work that may be overlooked in a solo show,” said Ferguson. “Group Show: Sarah Ferguson + James Andrew Smith” opens June 4 and runs until July 2.

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Art SPACES MUSEUMS THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: LAGUNA GLORIA 3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 thecontemporaryaustin.org THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN: JONES CENTER 700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 thecontemporaryaustin.org

TEX AS GERMAN BIER A N D K Ä S E F E S T I VA L by Ashley Lopez

Saengerrunde Hall and Scholz Garten JUNE 4

Austin’s German heritage organization, the Austin Saengerrunde, has teamed up with HOPE Farmers’ Market to bring a bier and käse (cheese) festival to the heart of Texas. On Saturday, June 4, the historic Saengerrunde Halle and Scholz Garten will transport locals to the streets of Deutschland with German bier, cheese and festive tunes. This will be the first year of the Grilled Käse Competition, where local chefs and cheese connoisseurs will compete for recognition of their cheese mastery. With each ticket purchase, festival-goers will receive a commemorative glass boot (to drink the bier from, of course), bier tasting tickets and samples of cheeses. Guests will also be entered into a drawing for free round-trip tickets to Frankfurt, Germany for their own Deutschland adventures. “This event is the chance for the Saengerrunde to introduce itself to the city and share its history and culture,” said Reagan Roland of the Austin Saengerrunde.

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BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org THE BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM 1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 12–5 thestoryoftexas.com ELISABET NEY MUSEUM 304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney FRENCH LEGATION MUSEUM 802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER MUSEUM 1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver HARRY RANSOM CENTER 300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM 2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlibrary.org MEXIC–ARTE MUSEUM 419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6, F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org O. HENRY MUSEUM 409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5 THINKERY AUSTIN 1830 Simond Ave Hours: T-Fri 10-5, Sa-Su 10-6 thinkeryaustin.org UMLAUF SCULPTURE GARDEN & MUSEUM 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: T-Fri 10-4, Sa-Su 12-4 umlaufsculpture.org

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BIG MEDIUM GALLERY AT BOLM

FIRST ACCESS GALLERY

LINK & PIN

Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6

2324 S. Lamar Blvd

2235 E. 6th, Ste. 102

russell–collection.com

FREDERICKSBURG

5305 Bolm Rd., #12

(512) 428 4782

(512) 900 8952

78704 GALLERY

(512) 939 6665

Hours: Tu-Sa 10-7, Su 12-5

Hours: Sa-Su, 11-4

SPACE 12

AGAVE GALLERY

1400 South Congress

Tu-Sa 12-6

firstaccess.co/gallery

linkpinart.com

3121 E. 12th St.

208 E. San Antonio St.

(512) 708 4678

bigmedium.org

(512) 524 7128

(830) 990 1727

FLATBED PRESS

LORA REYNOLDS

T-F 10-5

Hours: M-Sa 10-5

space12.org

agavegallery.com

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CAPITAL FINE ART 1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214

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Hours: M-Sa 10-5

900 RR 620 S. Unit B110

capitalfineart.com

(512) 243 7429 Hours: T–Sa 10–6 adamsgalleriesaustin.com

CO-LAB PROJECTS: PROJECT SPACE 613 Allen St.

ART AT THE DEN

(512) 300 8217

317 W. 3rd St.

By event and appt only

(512) 222 3364

co-labprojects.org

Hours: Tu-Sa 10-6, Su 12-5 artattheden.com

DAVIS GALLERY 837 W. 12th St.

ART ON 5TH

(512) 477 4929

3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4

(512) 481 1111

davisgalleryaustin.com

Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com

DIMENSION GALLERY

SCULPTURE AND 3D ART

ARTWORKS GALLERY

979 Springdale, Ste. 99

1214 W. 6th St.

(512) 479 9941

(512) 472 1550

dimensiongallery.org

Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

DOUGHERTY ARTS CENTER

AUSTIN GALLERIES

1110 Barton Springs Rd.

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr.

(512) 974 4000

(512) 495 9363

Hours: M-Th 10-9,

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F 10-5:30, Sa 10-2

austingalleries.com

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AUSTIN ART GARAGE 2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com

EAST SIDE GLASS STUDIO

3401 E. 4th St. (512) 815 2569 Hours: Tu-Sa By appt. only

AUSTIN ART SPACE

eastsideglassstudio.com

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q

FAREWELL BOOKS

GALLERY AND STUDIOS (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 473 2665 Hours: M-Sa 12–8, Su 12–7 farewellbookstore.com

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 flatbedpress.com GALLERY 702 702 San Antonio St. (737) 703 5632 Hours: Tu-Su 10-6 gallery702austin.com GALLERY BLACK LAGOON

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838

GALLERY

360 Nueces St., #50 STEPHEN L. CLARK

ARTISANS AT

Hours: W-Sa 11-6

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ROCKY HILL

lorareynolds.com

1101 W. 6th St.

234 W. Main St.

(512) 477 0828

(830) 990 8160

Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4

Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3

stephenlclarkgallery.com

artisansatrockyhill.com

Hours: M–Sa 10-6

STUDIO 10

lotusasianart.com

1011 West Lynn

FREDERICKSBURG

(512) 215 4965

LOTUS GALLERY 1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700

MASS GALLERY 507 Calles St. (512) 535 4946

(512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 studiotenarts.com

Hours: F 5-8, Sa-Su 12-5

TESTSITE

galleryblacklagoon.com

massgallery.org

502 W. 33rd St.

GALLERY SHOAL CREEK

MODERN ROCKS

Hours: Sa 1-5

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 galleryshoalcreek.com GRAYDUCK GALLERY 2213 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, TX 78702 (512) 826 5334 Hours: Th -Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 grayduckgallery.com JULIA C. BUTRIDGE GALLERY

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–2 austintexas.gov/department/ doughertygallery LA PEÑA 227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–austin.org

GALLERY

916 Springdale Rd. #103

(512) 453 3199 By appointment only fluentcollab.org

(512) 524 1488

VISUAL ARTS CENTER

Hours: Tu - Sa, 11- 6

2300 Trinity St.

modernrocksgallery.com

(512) 232 2348

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Say you want to meet your neighbors. You might bake some cookies or a pie, or pick up a bottle of wine and ring a doorbell. One Northwest Hills resident tried another tactic, and in doing so whipped up a movement. Kristin Schell’s Front Yard People initiative has created an ants-to-a-picnic basket community and excitement…and it all started with a turquoise patio table. BY MP MU E L L E R P H OTO G RA P H S BY NI CO L E ML A K A R

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ristin Schell lives in Northwest Hills with her

Kristin, that stat seemed all kinds of wrong. And she was looking

husband Tony and their four young children. She’s

to seriously mess with it.

an outgoing woman who, a couple of years ago,

Serendipity interceded. Kristin was planning an outdoor

knew some of the people in her neighborhood. Yes, there were

party and ordered an inexpensive picnic table from Lowe’s. The

friendly waves as they passed in their cars on the way to school

delivery guy unloaded it on her front lawn and asked her where

or sports games, but she was longing for something more. “I got

she wanted it in the backyard. “I was looking at the table, and

tired of watching garage doors go up and go down, and neighbors

almost on a personal dare I thought, ‘What if we took all of our

disappearing into their houses,” Kristin shared. “No one seems

backyard activities and put them in the front yard?’”

to have time anymore…we are losing the art of communication

So there it sat in the front yard. Kristen bought a can of

and are always in a rush.” The real estate website Trulia cites

turquoise paint, slapped it on and soon was meeting many more

that 50 percent of Americans do not know their neighbors. To

of her neighbors. “One neighbor sat around it, then another

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“WHAT I’VE LEARNED IS THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENTERTAINMENT AND HOSPITALITY,” KRISTIN EXPLAINED. “I REALIZED IT WAS JUST BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER THAT IS IMPORTANT.”

and pretty soon it was going viral. People are always curious and ask me, ‘Why do you have a turquoise table in your front yard?’ I tell them, ‘To meet people like you…’ And they just open up and sit down.” In

her

Northwest

Hills

neighborhood,

Kristin and her neighbors have Front Yard Fridays in the spring to fall months — happy hours for the whole family. On any given Friday there are probably 30 people or so gathered at the turquoise tables. Special gatherings, like their annual Christmas caroling or Egg Dye Eggstravaganza, colonize upward of 75 people around the turquoise touchstone. These tables are now like mushrooms after a rainstorm — popping up on front lawns around town and beyond. By her latest count, there are now 1,000 turquoise tables on lawns across the United States, and more in Canada, Australia, Histor-tree. Kristin shared that her home’s late owners, Jo Anne and George Christian, were gifted, from Lady Bird Johnson, a cutting from the Duciunt odiscie ndebis aut beloved magnolia tree on the White House’s South et doloratumet faccatet Lawn.rem President Andrew Jackson planted the statevel moleser umendebis ly magnolia many years ago. Under its branches, min rero quam ende conse manyod press conferences were held for LBJ, orcheses simped trated by Mr. Christian, his press secretary.

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Julie Willeford and her son, Kaden.

Austin mom Julie Willeford has had a turquoise table in her front yard for two years. She credits it with shifting her family’s direction, starting new friendships and fostering seeds of change. “I use my table a little differently,” she explained. “I have four kids under the age of 11, so doing stuff in the front yard happens more often. I love using my table for Party with a Purpose, an idea that blossomed from my very first conversation with Kristin at her table. Neighbors and friends meet at our turquoise table to do some kind of community service. We once did a backpack drive for refugee families in our neighborhood with kids at Doss Elementary. There is a very high need, but as a side note we wanted people to see these kids, understand who they are and why they are here. After the drive a mom came up to me and said, ‘Thank you so much, because I’ve been angry about these refugees. Three were dropped into my kid’s class, and [I felt that] it was taking the teacher’s time and resources away from our children. Today changed all that. I understand from the kids’ perspectives now.’ It changed her heart to be a part of that morning.” Willeford went on, “A seed was also planted in my 11-year-old son’s heart. Now, every Friday after school Jake and others play with the refugee children: soccer, Twister and introductions to charades and other American games. A lot of them don’t speak the language well, but through play they learn to understand our culture. Jake’s teacher encouraged him to apply for, and he was accepted into, an international village program in Amsterdam. Four kids from each country live in a village for 28 days to learn about culture and sustainable development. All these things happened because we opened our home to this turquoise table. You never know how far these seeds will go…”

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SIT A SPELL: Want your own turquoise table? Kristin has teamed with ReWork Project in Austin, a non-profit that employs people struggling with homelessness and teaches them work and life skills like carpentry. For $265 they will build a sturdy, classic A-frame picnic table ready for your front yard — and painted turquoise, of course. reworkproject.org

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twice a year in exchange for get-togethers that

tables around Austin. Book exchanges, a come-

were stress free and more frequent. “What I’ve

and-take-it herb garden and neighbors sharing

learned is there is a huge difference between

cold water and treats to runners also use these

entertainment

Kristin

tables as platforms. An area realtor loves the

explained. “I realized it was just bringing people

idea of the tables so much he gives them to

together that is important. [It’s] giving women

his clients. Ad agency GSD&M, the Ronald

and their families the freedom and permission

McDonald House and nonprofit Mobile Loaves

to just be; it’s not something we allow ourselves

& Fishes are just a few organizations who have

and

hospitality,”

in our busy lives.” At

added

the

table as a spot for

turquoise

table,

she and her neighbors

THESE TABLES ARE NOW

have a routine they call

LIKE MUSHROOMS AFTER A

“holding the bucket.” “We go around the table

and

everyone

RAINSTORM—POPPING UP ON FRONT LAWNS AROUND

takes a turn spewing and

processing.

Knowing

you’re

TOWN AND BEYOND.

not

their

a

turquoise

employees

and

volunteers to gather. It’s to

front and

a

throwback

another porch

time

of

sitting

conversations

with people passing. In a time where we

alone… having someone to listen and support

are often heads-down, in a one-on-one with

you — that’s often all you need.”

our smartphones, are building relationships

Kristin receives stories almost daily from

through live conversations making a comeback?

people who are now Front Yard People fans,

Kristin thinks so, and the popularity of the

hearing how different tables have become

tables seem to underscore her theory. “There’s

community watering holes. There’s the family

something magical that happens when we take

who used their table to stage a bake sale

time to sit down face-to-face over a cup of coffee

and jewelry show, raising money for another

for conversation,” she said. “We all long for a

neighbor’s adoption. A local workout group,

place to belong, to connect in authentic and

iGnite, offers free ongoing workouts at turquoise

meaningful ways with one another.”

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ovethy Neighbor by MP MUELLER photographs by DAGNY PIASECKI

In the hierarchy of life’s relationships, neighbors are in that space between family and friends. By virtue of geography, they are our neighbors; with luck and what we do with our mutual proximity, we can happily slide them into the lifelong friends category. Neighbors see us in our more intimate and, sometimes, less savory life moments: Shuffling garbage cans to the curb in the bathrobe, hustling kids to school and games, picking up dog food byproducts. They are the invisible observers of life’s highs and lows: Tiffs with our partners, our kids’ meltdowns, the work shuffle, gentle and extreme nightlife, sleepovers (of all kinds)

and the real measure of our humaneness—how we interact with uncooperative lawn equipment. It makes those neighbors golden who still want to have a beer or glass of vino with us over the fence. We explore nine Austin neighborhoods and their occupants’ relationships with each other. Through the lens of our talented photographer Dagny Piasecki, we showcase some rich stories of neighbors who share much more than their streets. Here’s a look at them, and what makes their little pieces of Austin terra firma so special.

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he week before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Christine and Terrence Moline bought their first house in the Crescent City. As the rain started to come down, they moved to higher ground in preparation for flooding. Later, watching the disaster covered on CNN, they saw their new neighborhood under 10 feet of water. They realized then that they wouldn’t be going home for awhile. They moved to Austin with the few things they had packed before the storm. They soon found a warm, welcoming embrace in Central Austin’s Brentwood neighborhood. Christine, a communications and organizing consultant and Terrence, an interactive marketing director, like to call their cozy gray home The Love Shack. It’s 7 0 square feet of minimalist living that has become a lifestyle choice. The freedom they’ve gained from living tiny has empowered them to exercise their gypsy hearts, traveling to Paris, Spain, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and Cuba. They always pack light and love the flexibility it gives them to see and do so much more. “After each visit, we returned home to purge items we had not touched or utilized in six months or less,” said Christine. “That includes clothing, books, technology and anything else that was taking up our limited real estate without earning its keep.” And they return home to neighbors they have grown close to in Brentwood. Like Josephine Bartz, “Ms. Jo,” a widow who keeps her eye on all the neighborhood happenings. “When she sees our car pull up, she often runs outside to say hello.” Ms. Jo, in her 0s, still works at the nearby DPS office where she’s been employed for years. She and her late husband bought their tidy yellow 77 -square-foot cottage for ,000 in 1 . At the time, nearby Threadgill’s on North Lamar was the last

restaurant on the way out of town on a two-lane highway to Waco. It’s obvious Ms. Jo is very fond of her NOLA transplants and vice versa. She enters their house through the back door and warm hugs are exchanged. “They are the sweetest things,” she smiled. “Terrence mows my yard for me and he’s handy if you ever need something fixed. They are good people, they really are. I wouldn’t trade them for anything.” “Over there,” she pointed, “lives a UT professor, a mathematician from France. Last year he went off for six to eight months. When he comes home I’m so glad to see him. That means everybody is home and the neighborhood is full.” Joanna James, her husband Jeremy and their two-year-old Lukas live across the street. She and Christine meet up for walks, yoga classes, happy hours and enjoy running into other neighbors at some of the many coffee shops closeby. They say the neighborhood is growing and continues to attract friendly people who are passionate about soaking in all Austin has to offer. “It’s affordable and so close in,” Joanna, a stay-at-home mom, shared. “We really like being walking distance to so many things.” Not too long ago, Christine left her lunchbox on the bus on her way to work. After posting about it on social media and calling Cap Metro, it was clear it was AWOL. eturning home that day, she found a new lunchbox with a bow on it, tied to her doorknob and waiting for her. “My neighbor Leah put it there,” Christine recounted. “We have the sweetest neighbors.”

NEIGH B ORH OO D PIC KS fro m C H R IS T IN E & JOA N NA Thunderbird Coffee

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2408 W. Anderson Ln.

Bartlett’s

The Mediterranean Chef Café 5908 Aurora Dr.

6710 Arroyo Seco

"Always running into neighbors here."

"The bar is a favorite for date nights."

"They make the popular Grandma’s Hummus — a little dine-in café. Try their beet tzatziki; it’s something you can only get here."

"Walking to Brentwood Park is something we do often. We especially enjoy it when the fireflies are out."

"If you like New Jersey pizza— come for a great slice and a deli sandwich. It’s BYOB with picnic tables outside so the kids can run around."

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Little Deli & Pizzeria 7101 Woodrow Ave.


Joanna James and son Lukas visit with their Brentwood neighbor Terrence Moline.

Terrence and Christine Moline share a hug with "Miss Jo," Josephine Bartz.

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Left: John "Canica" Limon hugs his grandson Eli Smith. Below: The Limon family gathers on a Sunday afternoon.

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n a recent Sunday afternoon, a small TRIBEZA team visited the Limon family matriarch’s house, located on the aptly-named Calle Limon. Aptly named because six houses on the street are home to different members of the Limon family; even more relatives live within hollering distance on adjacent streets in Govalle. The reverberating bass of airplanes low in the sky departing or landing at nearby ABIA blended in with the hum of passing cars. Inside every car, a waver. Here, everyone knows everyone. Lonnie Limon, 2, a former marketing executive, was our de facto family tour guide. His ncle Johnny Limon, the unofficial family elder and spokesperson, handed us a threepage (single-spaced) list of Limon family members—that’s just immediate family. Limon estimated there are more than , 00 Limon cousins living in the Austin area. Every time a car passed, nods were exchanged. “That’s my ncle Joe,” or “Aunt olanda is married to him.” To help us tell this story, four generations of Limons gathered on this day, capped at the upper end by grandmother Eloisa, 102, who observed from her wheelchair under the porch eaves. The Limon family immigrated from San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1 , initially settling in the Lytton Springs, Creedmore and San Marcos areas. Lonnie’s parents met when they were 1 and 1 and married at 1 and 1 at St. Julia’s Catholic Church on Tillery Street. Forty-three years later they still live on nearby Kay Street, along with other Limons who’ve called the area home for 0 plus years. “Starting early in the morning, you see all walks of life from the neighborhood and beyond, from

the construction worker, to the casual biker to the priest from across the street,” said Lonnie. Depending on who you ask, the East Austin neighborhood of Govalle’s boundaries are thus south of Oak Springs, north of East 7th Street, flanked by Pleasant alley to the west and Airport Boulevard to the east. The Limon family is prominent, not only by sheer numbers, but community connections. A cousin, John Trevino, was the first Hispanic elected to City Council in Austin: he also served as Mayor Pro Tem. Another, Henry “Hank” Gonzales was a Travis County Commissioner. Every Christmas for the last 1 years, they host a holiday dinner honoring their local fire and police department units. ncle Johnny dresses up as Santa Claus, the younger Limons as elves. They hand out candies and stuffed toys and take pictures with the kids. The Limons serve homemade enchiladas, tamales, pan dulce, chili con queso, rice and beans. Austin’s finest turn on their car sirens and let the kids play with the radios. The street is packed and stomachs and hearts are full. Well beyond borrowing cups of sugar from neighbors these uncles and cousins, Lonnie explained, were always borrowing each others’ lawn mowers. “They didn’t always come back,” he laughed. Lonnie bought his first house on an adjacent street from an uncle. “There are a few guys from the neighborhood who are good carpenters and electricians. My Dad was helping me fix the house and everyday these two guys, Meme and Mike, would drive by, see my Dad doing work on the house and stop by to help. They didn’t ask for much—just a few cold beers. That’s how the east side has always worked. Neighbors willing to help out another neighbor.”

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“My family all lives close by and everybody takes care of

everybody. We don’t have alarms at home, we have cousins.” Lonnie talked about a neighborhood memory that was special to him Back in 1 2, after he applied to colleges, he would ask the mailman every day if he had a letter for him. This exchange went on for a couple of months. That April, he walked out to greet the mailman, who handed him a letter from the niversity of Notre Dame. “I asked him if he would wait with me so I could take in the good or bad news with

someone else.” The mailman obliged. Lonnie slowly opened the letter and read the first line out loud “Congratulations on being accepted to the niversity of Notre Dame.” “I yelled out loud, pumped my fist in the air and the mailman and I gave each other a huge hug like we were old friends. It was one of my most memorable moments in my neighborhood.”

LIM O N Fa m il y FAVO R IT E S Joe’s Bakery

2305 E. 7th St.

Marcelino Pan y Vino 901 Tillery St.

Dan’s Hamburgers 844 Airport Blvd.

El Azteca

2600 E. 7th St.

"Everybody goes to Joe’s Bakery. It’s owned by a family we’ve known since the beginning. That’s where you see family and friends."

"There are really good tacos at Marcelino Pan y Vino, in front of St. Julia’s Catholic Church."

"We go to Dan’s Hamburgers for breakfast and dinner. That’s one of our hangouts, we know all the waiters and waitresses and they have one of the best breakfasts in town."

"El Azteca for Mexican food. Mr. Jorge D. Guerra started it after he moved here from Mexico. They knew my grandfather and asked him what they should do for work."

Opposite page: Rebecca "Becky" Garcia, Lucia "Lucy" Barron and Hilda Lopez

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ost of us have borrowed from neighbors occasionally. A weed whacker, flour, a fertilizer spreader, ski pants. But building something with a neighbor—say, a fence—could have one of two outcomes. It could result in future avoidance rituals (including toting your garbage to the curb at zero-dark-thirty), or a friendship that’s firmly cemented. Joe and Britanney Kerby and their three young kids, Noah, Cruz and Stella, moved into a home on a sunny corner lot in Central Austin’s osedale neighborhood three years ago. Over time, they got to know their neighbors, Cyrus and Margo Cousins, through conversations over a shared fence. “We both had dogs and were thinking about building a fence to replace the cyclone,” Joe explained. “We said, How about doing it together?’” Cyrus took them to a see a fence at a house in East Austin for inspiration it was no generic, throw-it-up, six-foot wooden privacy fence. It had well-hewn wooden posts interspersed with galvanized steel wire mesh, filled with slabs of beautiful flagstone rock. Working together most Fridays and Saturdays, the fence took nearly a year to complete. There were some ground rules: Jerry Garcia and burger runs would play a big part. Joe’s cue to wander over was when Cyrus hit play on a Grateful Dead live show, wafting with attitude across their property lines— that became the fence building theme music. “There was one time when the Grateful Dead track hit a space where the band played some weird, instrumental, trippy music,” Cyrus recalled. “This was during a time when we were trying to level, pour concrete and do a lot of fence math. The rain was coming and we were pressed for time. The track probably messed with quantum physics...I’m pretty sure everything we built during that track had to be rebuilt.”

In between sawing and hammering, they’d try different burger places in town. Top picks our Mom’s on Airport (now closed) and Billy’s on Burnet. Good machetes can also fell good fences. One night as the family was eating dinner during the fence construction phase, the Kerby’s son Cruz spied a five-foot snake in a backyard tree. Brittaney ran next door to borrow Cyrus’s machete, but he wasn't home yet. When she came back she found Joe “subduing” the snake with a shovel. Within minutes, Cyrus came crashing through a newly-erected fence section, machete and pitchfork in hand, ready to go to battle. Brittaney describes osedale as classic Austin with a modern, eclectic twist. “It’s a walking neighborhood,” she noted, “So it’s amazing to see and connect with people you live less than 0 feet from on a regular basis. Everyone has huge hearts and open doors.” The quirky factor “There’s a pig that is walked with a dog. And lots of free-roaming chickens.” Their neighbors also have a much-loved annual Halloween barbecue tradition, where a front yard grilled feast is served, followed by trick or treating around osedale together as a group. “It feels like the way neighborhoods used to be but it’s real,” Joe shared. “I’ve always wanted a neighborhood like this. It’s a place where if you say, Hey, I need help,’ people will drop what they are doing and bring the tools.” The neighbor who lives on the other side of the Cousins saw the fence that Joe and Cyrus built. He wanted to replicate it on their shared property line. “So Joe came to help build that fence, too,” Cyrus said. “He had no gain in that project besides listening to the Grateful Dead and going for burgers.” Apparently, it’s that kind of neighborhood.

BRIT TA N E Y ’ S N E IGH B O R H O O D PIC KS Noble Sandwich Co. 4805 Burnet Rd.

épicerie

2307 Hancock Dr.

La Cocina de Consuelo 4516 Burnet Rd.

Billy’s on Burnet

2105 Hancock Dr.

"The duck pastrami and knuckle sandwiches are amazing."

"épicerie is our goto for date night."

"A bro date for Joe and Cyrus is to go to La Cocina de Consuelo for breakfast burritos, a tiny house with great food."

"Billy’s on Burnet is a dive bar with burgers—kind of a well-kept secret."

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late model Maserati convertible cruises through the neighborhood under a rustling canopy of decadesold pecan trees. Neighbors with their morning coffee give friendly shout-outs to a man on a cruiser bike, wearing a faded sweatshirt and khaki shorts, pedaling in time to perhaps a mental version of some Jimmy Buffet song. Dappled sunlight plays across the faces of the neighborhood’s residents as they share stories about their latest vacations to beaches with blue water. (Not Texas beaches, but places that require a passport.) Westlake 7 70 Guess again. Pecan Grove Park on Barton Springs oad. This well-kept secret is in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Austin...and it’s also the most affordable one. Lisa Morgan and Mike Leamon have called it home for five years. They live in the same space that was once occupied by an Austinite who went on to work out of a different kind of trailer — Matthew McConaughey. More on that later. Mike and Lisa ended up living here by chance. “We were looking for a smaller to take on a trip to the national parks,” Leamon explained. “We were asking people at parties if their parents had an in a garage they wanted to sell. We were referred to someone who was going to sell their in Pecan Grove. I thought, Gosh, people live like this full time ’ We researched the neighborhood and people were raving about their neighbors.” Mike was a change management consultant at the time.“I said to him, Ok, Mr. Change Manager, here’s your time,’” explained Lisa. “Moving here has turned out to be affordable, less is more, easy to clean and just a real adventure. our neighbors are international travelers.”

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A lot of people are clamoring to get into Pecan Grove and there is no real system or list for admission. As some neighbors explained, it just comes down to persistence and being in front of longtime park manager Bob on the right day. How affordable is it? We were asked not to disclose the exact amount, but for utilities, space rental, water — all in — it’s almost 0 percent less than the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment rental in Austin. (Google it and do the math.) And it’s all in the heart of the city with ilker Park, Barton Springs, restaurant row and the Hike and Bike trail within dog-off-aleash-chasing-a-squirrel distance. With the money Lisa and Mike don’t spend on housing costs, they travel and invest in their own mobile home park in nearby Kingsland. “ ou can pack up easily, get a pet sitter for the cat and take off,” Leamon shared. One over is Bill Jennings, a Purple Heart-awarded helicopter pilot who did two tours in ietnam. Now retired, Bill is an avid kayaker with a bevy of boats and gets out on Lady Bird Lake three to four times a week. He makes a hobby out of retrieving things from the water, like fishing hooks and bobbers tangled in trees, ping pong and tennis balls. He considers a good day’s haul balls or so, overthrown by dog owners or missed catches by pooches. Bill donates his findings to local animal shelters. He was also upcycling before upcycling was cool, making yard art out of the lost and found. He too loves his home sweet home for the last 2 years. “I’m a Mother Nature guy and love sleeping with my window open and hearing the rustle of the Sycamore tree,” he explained. “People here are really friendly. It’s a unique environment.”


The last of three RV parks on Barton Springs Road, Pecan Grove is home sweet nostalgia. Pecan Grovers gather, from left to right, Bill Jennings, Mike Leamon, Lisa Morgan, Oren Oubre and Shannon Durling.

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Left: Owen Oubre and Shannon Durling in the doorway of their RV home. Below left: Pecan Grove resident Bill Jennings with some of his tennis ball and bobber art in the background. Below right: Lisa Morgan showing off her closet: "Let it be known that Mike had more clothing than I did when we moved in."


JUST Keep RV-ING “Matthew McConaughey used to live in the slot next to me, number 15. He was just a very nice guy. I loved it because he attracted absolutely spectacular women. One time a limo pulled up, a girl came out and knocked on my door. She was gorgeous and asked me if this was MM’s trailer. She had a little

Across the way is Oren Oubre who has been a Pecan Grover since 1 . He lives in a 1-foot Seabreeze with Shannon, “The love of his life,” and her cat Cami. He works as a project manager for a roofing company, and has been a drummer for WC Clark and usty Weir. In a three-week period in 2011, Oren lost his job, had his car stolen and was diagnosed with lymphoma. The park really came out to support him at a fundraiser Shannon organized at Donn’s Depot—one Pecan Grove resident anonymously paid his rent for a month. “It’s an interesting way of life here,” shared Oren. “The community is very friendly. We live so close together but we respect each other’s privacy. The unspoken rule is if your door is open or if you are outside, you are available to communicate with. Here, you’re in the middle of everything—there’s music every weekend from ncle Billy’s to Juliet you can even hear it from Threadgills. It’s nice to lay in bed at night and listen to the music. In the summer, you drive in the park and the temperature drops five degrees, cooled by the pecan trees. It’s been a grand adventure.”

bag with her. I directed her next door, she goes over and knocks, he takes the bag and she gets back in the limo. I thought she was delivering breakfast tacos. But the Four Seasons had sent over his laundry for the day and that was his laundry service.” — Bill Jennings, Pecan Grove resident

beloved Springs Pecan Grove, Shady Grove and Mobile Manor. Pecan Grove is the only one left. That this primo real estate has some of the lowest rents in city poses a lovely question mark. umors abound about the ownership of the park and its future. One that gets the most traction around the park is that Pecan Grove is owned by a Saudi Arabian family. They have a son who went to UT and his family bought the park as an investment, as well as the land neighboring the restaurant Juliet and other real estate on the block. As the residents tell it, the Saudi family truly believes in the uniqueness of this spot and in creating affordable housing in Central Austin. Because the park is populated with designated heritage trees— the namesake pecan—any developers would be faced with an added expense of removing and relocating the trees. This, residents believe, has given them a bit more time to continue the life. A few years ago, they organized a campaign to save the park from development some thought was tapping at their camper doors. Their battle cry Save Our Nuts

At one time there were three parks making their home on Barton Springs oad, allowing travelers to camp close to the

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dog walks into a bar. End of joke. It’s a common sight on ainey Street to see lots of dogs walking everywhere with their owners. The area will soon be home to 1,000 condo residences housing mostly young professionals and empty nesters and that number will continue to grow with other proposed projects in the blueprint phase now. ainey is a good thing. It’s situated right on the downtown Lady Bird Hike and Bike trail. There are bars, boat rentals and a grocery store in a setting that has young and old cozied up together. The combo is energizing enovated craftsman bungalows and Gothic style homes from the early 1 00s have evolved into a nightlife mecca. Add to the mix newer condos and the lifestyle-enhancing businesses that have followed. But true insight into this little village’s soul is revealed when you learn they adopted a Guinea fowl named Geraldine as their communal pet (and later memorialized her with a funeral and proper burial, complete with carved headstone). For Mary and usty Tally, who have lived in The Milago condos since 200 , ainey Street is a modern day Mayberry. “Our neighborhood is a microcosm of the best of Austin—Lady Bird Lake, diverse restaurants and food trucks, fun bars with live

music, coffee shops, bike rentals and condos filled with caring neighbors who get the specialness of our street,” Mary shared. “ ou walk out of your condo and oyal Blue Grocery is like Floyd’s Barbershop, where everyone hangs out and talks about politics, what they do and what they are going to do. On the weekends, we go there for a taco and coffee, get a gluten-free pizza at Salvation and a blow-out at oar. It’s kind of like a little Mayberry.” Mary says the dog-to-human ratio is high on ainey Street and a great way to meet neighbors. “It used to be that the people who knew what was going on were those who stood outside smoking cigarettes. They’d hang out together and shoot the breeze. Dogs are the great connectors here—if you have a dog, you get to know lots of people.” The person who knows most about what’s going on in their neighborhood That would be dog walker Kris Schulz. She and her sister Kirsten own Fitpup and have walked thousands of miles with ainey Street pooches for 10 years now. If you want the scoop on the ainey Street, you know to sit (or stay) next to Kris.

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51 Rainey St., Ste. 120

No Va Kitchen & Bar 87 Rainey St.

Waller Creek Boathouse 74 Trinity St.

Alta’s Café

74 Trinity St.

"It’s our favorite bar for craft cocktails; try the Harry’s Pick Me Up."

"This is where condo residents and hospitality workers shop, sip and mingle."

"I usually do the sides here: the Chef ’s Ceviche, their crispy Brussels sprouts and curried cauliflower. Rusty gets their Dodd Burger or Atlantic Salmon."

"Paddleboard, kayak and rowing rentals plus an indoor rowing studio."

Located in the Waller Creek Boathouse.

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Left: Royal Blue Grocery is a popular meet-up spot on Rainey Street. Below: Mary and Rusty Tally with newly-adopted Scout in their Rainey Street penthouse.

RAINEY STREET IS NOTHING BUT QUIRKY. Where else would you find a neighborhood that lovingly watched over a lone guinea fowl for 10 plus years? Geraldine, the Rainey Street Guinea Fowl, passed away two summers ago (death by taxi), but now lives on—the neighborhood’s new Hotel Van Zandt named its signature restaurant and bar Geraldine’s. She ruled the neighborhood for more than 15 years. She was free range before free range was cool. Geraldine charmed the areas’s construction workers, heavy equipment operators and delivery drivers,

forcing them all to stop what they were doing as she ate a bug or two while crossing the street. As the neighborhood grew—with each new condo or during each SXSW—Geraldine’s Facebook page grew, too (1,667 followers at press time). Approximately 75 friends of Geraldine’s attended her funeral. Craft Pride, a Rainey Street bar, organized an all-day Geraldine memorial concert benefiting Austin Pets Alive!, and a grave marker and casket were created just for the neighborhood’s bird. — Mary Herr Tally, Rainey Street resident

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A gathering of of the neighbors on a recent dads' bike night, held the first Thursday of every month.

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hen Megan Little and her husband Nate moved from Westlake to Allandale, they were looking for a place that was down-to-earth, had a good sense of community and good schools. “We wanted a No keeping up with the Joneses’ mentality and we found it here,” Megan shared. “And once you find your area of town, you just want to stay.” “Allandale is welcoming and warm. A little bit more hippie, artsy and laid-back crowd,” Megan said. It’s also an active neighborhood with huge bike lanes and people always out for a run. Allandale is bound by Burnet oad to the west and MOPAC to the west, with Hancock Drive and West Anderson Lane forming north and south borders. The neighborhood has a bounty of quirky places that get lots of love from its residents—Ginny’s Little Longhorn, Top Notch Burgers and Skateland. The Littles now have four little Littles, ages two to seven. And they have lots of little friends— children on their street, the definition of kid heaven. “On any given day I have kids in and out of my house,” Megan said. “When the weather is great and it’s early evening, you pop outside and it’s like, ay Instant kid-friendly happy hour ’” The first Thursday of every month is the official, unofficial Dad’s bike night in their area of Allandale. TRIBEZA was there to capture the street fest on wheels in May, where tricycles, azor scooters, bikes with training wheels and of course the upright adult variety shared the pavement and driveway. Kids

swarmed on their metal steeds, popsicles in hand. Parents mixed it up with their own treats in a cup. The gathering lasted about an hour before the dads, en masse, were waved off to the neighborhood El Chile for what guys do over beer and great Mexican food. By Megan’s description, Gullet Elementary School is the center of Allandale’s universe. It generates the support, love and acceptance that keeps kids and their parents happily orbiting. “There’s something unique about that little school that draws our community in,” she said. Megan describes her neighbors as the most selfless, loving, helpful people on the planet. “All the ladies on my street have a group text where we can always hit each other up for things: eggs, sugar, kids’ sports gear, advice, babysitters, date night recommendations the list goes on I once used a garage keypad code to get into my neighbor’s house to borrow deodorant.” She shared that a neighbor once gifted her with the penultimate present for a young family of six: a reserved school parking space, purchased at the Gullet Elementary Spring Fling silent auction. Many of the residents seem to know their PS delivery guy by name—Danny—and so do the neighborhood dogs. “He hands out treats to the neighborhood dogs and ours has jumped right into his truck many times in hopes of scoring one,” Megan laughed. “Usually three out of four of my kids are right behind him ”

L IT T L E Fa m il y FAVES Lick Honest Ice Cream 6555 Burnet Rd., Ste. 200

Barley Swine

6555 Burnet Rd., Ste. 400

Terra Toys

2438 W. Anderson Ln.

Rebel Pizza

7858 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Playland Skate

8822 McCann Dr.

Madam Mam’s

2700 W. Anderson Ln.

Alamo Drafthouse 2700 W. Anderson

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ou’ve likely never heard of Battle Bend Springs. A vestige of some obscure Civil War skirmish? A reference to a poorly-timed elbow thrown at a party around a kegger Let’s go with a well-kept secret of a South Austin neighborhood dotted with homes built in the 70s. Battle Bend Springs is located off way South Congress Avenue, just below Ben White Boulevard, sandwiched between Congress to the west and Ito the east. The neighborhood used to be one big farm and the original farmhouse is still there, occupied. Sara Hussey, who owns her own P agency, lives there with her husband Trevor, a software salesman. “When we started looking for a house two years ago, we wanted something close to South Congress and downtown, but couldn’t afford the 7 70 pricing,” Hussey said. “When you go south of Ben White, home prices drop dramatically. We feel like we got a great deal.” The young couple is on a first name basis with most of their neighbors, a mixture of young couples, families and empty nesters. Sara describes her home base as a small, friendly, quaint neighborhood with quirky charm. “If it was a dog, it would be a pit bull A little scrappy, maybe scary at first, but so sweet when you get to know it.”

There are the neighbors down the street with three African pygmy goats and some chickens, Greg and Sarah Mast. Next door to the Husseys are David Williamson and his wife Leslie. David has a taxidermy business and there are usually a variety of animal hides hanging outside of his studio. He’s milked Greg’s goats for fresh milk a time or two. (Note: Greg didn’t seem apprehensive about a taxidermist getting that close to his goats). There’s another neighbor who is continually building structures out of recycled materials in his front yard. “For awhile there was a giant dragon and now it looks like he is building some kind of Greek god out of papier mâché,” Sarah said. As well as being resourcefully artistic, this guy is the neighbor who personifies the word. “He’s the one always helping the neighbors, pulling in their garbage cans or with some project in their front yard.” Change is coming to their neck o’ the woods. The St. Elmo Public Market development will soon reinvigorate an existing defunct industrial complex and bring new eating, shopping and music venues to the area—like Austin icon Saxon Pub, which will be relocating to the area. “My husband and I are excited to have restaurants and music within walking distance,” said Hussey.

T h e H US S E Y ’ S H A NG O U T S Kesos Taco House

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4700 S. Congress Ave.

Hill’s Café

Billie Jean’s Burger Pub

"We love their El Rey and Longhorn breakfast tacos."

"For outdoor music, their patio is an Austin monument. A hidden gem."

"Perfect spot for a quick dinner and cold beer."

"A great hang-out for the neighborhood. The basketball court always has a game going and there’s enough room for me to let the dog off the leash."

6501 S. Congress Ave.

Battle Bend Park 121 Sheraton Ave.


The Masts, Husseys and Williamsons gather outside of David Williamsons' taxidermy studio.

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David Williamson, husband, dad and taxidermist in the doorway of his backyard studio.

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Above: Robertson Hill resident Helen Lott with neighbors Nella Diani, Lisa Ragbir and Michael Diani. Right: Metal artist Bonnie Ramsey with Harold MacMillian, who directs neighborhood institution Kenny Dorham's backyard.

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hen Lise agbir and her partner Michael Diani moved from the northeast to Austin, they sought out a diverse, creative community, similar to ones in Philadelphia and New ork City where they had lived. They found it in obertson Hill, an East Austin community in the shadow of the historic French Legation and the 11th Street corridor. “When we moved here in 2007 we intentionally sought a neighborhood we believed would reflect a range of histories and cultures,” said Lise. “Our research naturally steered us to East Austin before we settled in oberston Hill.” Lise, a writer, curator and T art gallery director, grew up in Montreal. “We were latchkey kids who would stop in to my Italian neighbors’ house for a fresh-baked square of Sicilian pie on the way home from school,” she explained. “It was an environment I didn’t think was replicable. But here in obertson Hill, I know my neighbors are ready to host us or invite us over to look at the frogs in their homemade frog pond.” Homes in this area are a mix of new construction and renovated cottages from the later part of the 1 00’s through the 1 0’s. esidents have a captivating view of the Texas Capitol and downtown skyline. On a beautiful Austin twilight evening, we visited with Lise, her architect husband Michael, their threeyear-old daughter Nella and obertson Hill neighbors. Their Olive Street home is flanked by neighbors they consider valued friends, like metal artist Bonnie amsey, who brings Nella children’s books, has lent them a tiller for their garden and helped with their rescue dog Olive. Next door is Helen Lott,

who has welcomed the family into her home for Christmases when they couldn’t travel back east for the holidays. The neighborhood has a pocket park named in honor of Lott and her family. We met Sara Carr and her husband Eric Standridge, landscape architects and designers, who live on an adjacent street. “We spend a lot of time at The Backyard and hanging out on porches,” Sara shared. The backyard she refers to is Kenny Dorhman’s Backyard, a gathering place that is special to neighbors and visitors from all over. It’s part community garden and part live music venue, with food trailers, beloved art murals and stalls for artisans to sell their creations. “The music on Friday evening can be fantastical jazz, great soul, some hip hop everything.” Neighbor Harold MacMillan is the mastermind and driving force behind The Backyard, named for the legendary jazz trumpeter and East Austinite. It’s home to Austin Jazz and Arts Fest, East End Summer Music Series, Soulfest and the Backyard Blues Series. If Harold needs extra volunteers to greet visitors at the gate, tent legs for the concession stand or a clean-up crew, he puts out an all call and the residents are there. Lise fondly recalled Freddy, a beloved, recently deceased neighbor and friend to everyone in the community, who used to grow kale in an old toilet in his front yard. “The range of personalities, ethnicities, generations, ideas and things like last-minute Prince dance parties exemplify all that’s good about obertson Hill.”

LIS E ’ S R o b e rt s o n H il l FAVO R IT E S Blue Dahlia Bistro

Franklin BBQ

Sagra

Longbranch Inn

1115 E. 11th St.

900 E. 11th St.

1050 E. 11th St., Ste. 100

1133 E. 11th St. •

"Dogs are welcome on the back patio (enter through the alley entrance). Smoked trout and bread are delish."

"It’s no secret that Franklin BBQ is pretty spectacular, but what people don’t know is that they're also great neighbors. On occasion, they literally walk door-to-door and give their neighbors BBQ ."

"A great place for happy hour—our toddler likes the pizza, Michael likes that the pizza is half-priced and we all like the drink specials like rosemary lemonade."

"The historic bar is a convenient place for whiskey and pool. Check out the Blues Night open mic every Monday."

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f Central Austin were a side of beef, Tarrytown might be considered the most desired cut. Shady, bucolic streets and an elementary school with a fall carnival that raises the kind of funds that would make a small East European country jealous. July th is done big in Tarrytown, too. This neighborhood's not-to-miss event has floats. ou won’t find themed subdivision street names like Sherwood Forest and Friar Tuck Trail here, but you will find a obin Hood mixed into a Scenic Drive. All the houses are unique, the lawns large and the neighborhoods and stores are populated by people who have known and supported each others’ families for generations. Those who leave for college or careers often feel that salmon spawning effect kick in and find themselves returning to Tarrytown to make their families. Like Tina Hambly—Tina grew up here and went to Austin High (as did her mom). Tina loves that her kids will go to Austin High, too. She and her husband Max embraced her Tarrytown roots when they moved back four years ago with their to two teens, Kyle and Stella. A global events designer for a large tech company, Tina’s other passion is creating warm spaces for people to gather. The Hambly’s home, a renovated ranch style casa, is a Pinterest dream home board— aspirational but accessible, and with a Texas accent. Her backyard is a hangout for the Hamblys and their Tarrytown neighbors, where she hosts a happy hour for the women she loves in her community. “We don’t get to see each other quite

as often as we’d like,” she explained. “I wanted to honor them so we had a happy hour that lasted four and a half hours with 2 women bringing a bottle or a bite. These are women I didn’t know before I moved back into the community.” She got to know her next-door neighbor, Maura Donelson, as they walked their kids home from Casis Elementary. They discovered a mutual passion for wine and bonded sharing sips and stories. “We’ve become very, very good friends— it’s a wonderful gift to have a neighbor like that,” said Tina. “Birthdays, a death, school stuff our kids are growing up together, sharing notes and swapping information. Plus we both know when the summer wine sale is at Twin Liquors—we text each other, It’s the summer sale ’” Tina laughed. “Obviously, living here is not cheap, with the property taxes and all, but you are paying for that connection I love so much. It truly is a connected community. We support each other through different milestones of life,” said Tina. She shared a story of a neighborhood family with three children. “A few years ago the husband/father passed away unexpectedly over Thanksgiving weekend. When something like this happens, the neighbors here will quickly organize on Care.com. We created a meal plan and calendar to take care of them over the Christmas holidays. Every day for 12 days, a huge group of kids and moms dropped off gifts anonymously on the porch for their three kids. On the twelfth day, about 0 of us went and sang carols at their house and had hot chocolate and cookies. This type of support happens all the time.”

WH EN T H E H A M BLYS are H U NGRY Thundercloud Subs

2308 Lake Austin Blvd.

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Starbucks

2727 Exposition Blvd.

Deep Eddy Cabaret

2315 Lake Austin Blvd.

"Go to Thundercloud Subs with your kids for sandwiches on Saturday."

"Everyone goes to Maudie’s after games. It’s our go-to place and it’s super fun because you go there and run into everyone…but it’s not a place that you can go to in your scrubbies because you will see people you know."

"The coffee shop in the neighborhood is Starbucks. You will see Ben Crenshaw sitting around early morning, visiting with Camp Mabry soldiers. Camille Styles is there regularly with her daughter and son. Yes, it’s a chain, but…"

"Deep Eddy Cabaret is an iconic dive bar that's been there forever; it personifies 'keeping Austin weird.'"

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Right: The Hamblys home on a Sunday evening. Below: Max Hambly, next-door neighbor Maura Donlson and Tina Hambly.


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SUPPORTING ROLES N A A N NE E II G GH HB BO OR RH HO OO OD D II N B Y M P M U E L L E R A N D S O F I A S O K O LO V E P H OTO G R A P H S B Y S A R A H W I L S O N

They don’t tread on any red carpets or pose for the flashes, have spray tans or personal stylists. But the people who get us where we need to go, bring us our mail and teach generations where reading can take them are supporting casts we depend on. While most Americans on average change jobs every four and a half years, the following three have being doing the same one for 32 plus years each. As we go about our busy lives, they steadily help support ours. Perhaps the payoff is the gift that a clearly-defined purpose brings‌and some good stories.

These interviews have been edited and condensed.

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BILL, THE POSTMAN Bill Saegert has been walking a postal route for 35 years, many of those in the Rosedale neighborhood. When this magazine is published on June 1, he’ll be celebrating retirement, hanging up his mail pouch the same day. Bill delivers to a little over 400 houses and businesses every day and says he knows 90 percent of them on a personal basis. He’s got a quick, dry sense of humor and it’s clear he loves to move around. After 30 minutes with us in a coffee shop, his heel steadily bounced on the floor in anticipation of moving onto his next delivery.

SPECIAL DELIVERY’ I grew up on a farm in Giddings. Dad raised

EXTRA STAMPS NOT REQUIRED FOR FRIENDSHIPS

seven boys — I’m the seventh son — and one

A lot of people on my route have my cell phone

girl. Four of my brothers have also been mail

number. You become part of their family. I’ve

carriers.

had a guy invite me to go to Alaska with him. I borrowed a barbecue pit from someone on

THEN AND NOW When I started, I had curly blonde hair; now it’s gray. It cost 22 cents in 1981 to mail a letter, now it’s 49.

BEST PART OF THE JOB? My favorite part of being a postman is being outside.

STRANGEST THINGS DELIVERED? Some people have mailed coconuts from Hawaii. They put a label on it — a quirky postcard. You can tell when coffee is being delivered, but not much else. I’ve delivered chickens. They were sitting next to me crowing while I was doing our

graduation gifts to my kids. It’s pretty neat when someone thinks so much of you they want to send a gift to your kids.

DO DOGS REALLY HAVE AN AFFINITY

say, “Let’s go golfing, let’s go motorcycle riding ” My wife told me when I retire I have to find another job. I told her, ‘Okay, I’ll go ahead and be a comedian.’ She said, ‘Okay, you’re funny all right, but not that funny.’”

There’s one lady on my route, she’s 93 this year.

reader, too.

FAVORITE ROUTE MEMORY Upper Crust Bakery. You are part of the culture. They have this table where people meet and I get involved in their conversations. It used to be a bicycle shop.

When you deliver the mail as many times a year

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I have already had so many people on my route

No, they’ll go after the UPS driver or the meter

GYM GOALS

his retirement], “What gym will you be joining?”

AND AFTER YOU RETIRE?

LAST LETTER

ABOUT HIS SIXTH SENSE

have to go to the gym. Someone said to me [on

Yes, I know my mailman. No comment.

FOR POSTMEN?

route.

The walking route has worked for me. I never

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my route for a church fundraiser. They’ve sent

DO YOU KNOW YOUR MAILMAN?

as I do, you know when everyone’s birthday is. You wish them happy birthday and they say, “How did you know?” Well, you got three birthday cards in the mail today.

I remember when I started this route, she had just retired. She was so sad. She said, ‘I’m going to miss you coming by my house every day.’ I said, ‘Don’t tell my wife.’” I’ve had four people already who say they want to have parties or take me out to dinner. I’m going to deliver everyone a letter on my final day. It’s pretty emotional. I’m a very lucky postman.


IRMA, THE LIBRARIAN Irma Flores-Manges has been an Austin-area librarian for nearly 33 years. An avid reader, mother, grandmother and poet, she prefers to spend her time away from her desk, moving around and interacting with people in the library. It’s no surprise that almost every regular at the East Austin Cepeda branch knows her by name — and vice versa.

FOR THE PEOPLE.

EVEN THE PUBLIC PITCHES IN

UNSTOPPABLE

I like helping people and I kind of thought

We have this man who homeschools his kids

I said I wouldn’t retire until I got bored, and

[being a librarian] would be the best way to do

and rides his bike everywhere — he comes in

I couldn’t think of anything else to do with

that. I was most interested in the public library

one to two times a week. We said, ‘Hey Bruce,

people. And that hasn’t happened yet

because I get to work with diverse kinds of

would you mind taking some fliers ’ He lives

people.

in a trailer park down the road and he’s always

THE LIBRARIAN RECOMMENDS

passing stuff out for us.

EVERYTHING IS DIGITAL NOW—DO YOU MISS STAMPING THE BOOKS?

BEING HELPFUL

Nope. We used to get carpal tunnel from that.

We’re trying really hard with the change in demographics in this area to reach out to

THE REGULARS

everybody. We’ve had immigration meetings here and citizenship classes; we’re trying to help

A lady from Colombia comes in and wants

people through the process. Several people that

any music by Plácido Domingo. We have a guy

used to come in a lot got jobs. We used to sit and

who is a regular. He can’t use his library card

play games and talk. It’s fun to see them try so

because he owes so much money…so he comes

hard and know that we’ve helped them figure it

in, sits and reads books. [There’s] a guy who

out. The one thing people do not realize about

only speaks Spanish — he comes in, takes out

the public library is that we are here to help with

books and sits for four or five hours and reads.

any question they may have, and that all our

Lots of people are still reading.

services are free and open to everyone.

Woven Stone by Simon Ortiz House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle The Round House by Louise Erdrich Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 by David Montejano

THE ONE BOOK EVERYONE MUST READ Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

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ARTHUR, THE BUS DRIVER Arthur Murillo has been a bus operator for Capital Metro for 33 years. He’s won four international bus “roadeo” competitions and is a member of the Two Million Mile Club, bumping three. Basically, it means he’s that guy with an impeccable driving record. Arthur, aka Tony to his regulars, loves the tricked-out bus he drives from Leander to downtown Austin and back, starting at 4:50 most mornings. We came along for a ride with this roadeo winner and chatted after his shift.

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A BUS

YOUR PHONE’S RING TONE IS THE

DRIVER?

HAWAII 5-0 THEME SONG. DO SONGS PLAY THROUGH YOUR HEAD WHEN

Okay, it was after the morning hour, right? I’m

YOU DRIVE?

empty, pick up a couple of 17 year olds. One gets

the conductor. I’d stand right by him. Seemed

Growing up in a Hispanic family, we got to hear

see starts laughing. I think nothing of it because

interesting and enjoyable. I thought it would be

mariachis, ranchero and Tejano music. Then I

they aren’t bothering anyone. He continues

an easy job—he just moved that lever forward

started listening to pop, rock, what have you. Lo

to laugh and giggle. I asked him what was so

and back.

and behold, I wound up enjoying opera. I like

funny. He said the guy sitting behind me was

Mozart. And “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath.

mooning drivers. No wonder they were waving

Not really. But I grew up in Chicago and would ride the L and go to the first car to observe

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? ou saw my office nice big windows. And I like

beside me, one behind me. The one that I can

at me And I was waving back I just thought

YOU’VE GOT A HIGH-UP VIEW. WHAT ARE

THE

MOST

UNUSUAL

the city filling them in on what’s here.

WHAT’S GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD WHILE DRIVING? TO-DO LIST? FANTASY FOOTBALL PICKS?

they were being friendly.

THINGS

YOU’VE SEEN?

I NOTICED A FEW PEOPLE WHO SIT UP FRONT AND CHAT TO YOUR BACK.

meeting new folks, especially if they are new to

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Girls are multi-talented. They are drinking their coffee, putting on their makeup and driving at the same time. I’ve seen hoarders who literally have their vehicle covered with stuff on the dash — you can’t see how they drive.

Yeah, there are a lot of regulars who like to visit. Sometimes people will come up to you and start opening up. ou gain their confidence and they will start telling you they are having a hard time. They know you are strapped in the seat and not

ou have to be really focused on the traffic,

going anywhere. It’s mainly stories about life in

pedestrians and route, especially since the city

general, war stories, bouts with their spouses.

is growing so much. So many people, so much

Every mind is a world of its own and you just

traffic.

don’t know what they are thinking.

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I N FA R E A S T A U S T I N , M O B I L E LOAV E S & F I S H E S H A S C R E A T E D A U N I Q U E V I L L A G E T H A T A U S T I N ’ S F O R M E R LY H O M E L E S S R E S I D E N T S C A N T R U LY C A L L H O M E . by Sofia Sokolove p h o t o g ra p h s b y In t i S t . C l a i r

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Every micro-home comes fully furnished and includes electricity, a crockpot, a microwave and a refrigerator.

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n the porch of a canvas-sided cottage flanked by trees sit two rocking chairs and a door mat embellished with the word “HOME.” Inside, a new but rustic-looking bed and cushy red armchair

overlook

a

bountiful

community

garden. The space looks like something you might

find at Liz Lambert’s glamping paradise El Cosmico, in Marfa. et this unique, master planned 27-acre community in far East Austin is actually a community built for the formerly and chronically homeless. “I would live here ” a visitor gushed as she snapped pictures of the cottage’s interior during a recent tour. Her reaction is what the team behind Community First calls a bellringing moment. Thomas Aitchison, communications director for Mobile Loaves

Fishes (the group behind Community First ) explained, “We

hear that all the time. People come out here and say exactly what that woman just said.” To Aitchison and his team, it’s confirmation that they’ve achieved their goals of creating a place that gives dignity and support to those who have often gone a lifetime without. The community includes roughly 120 micro-homes, built from 11 different designs. All of them feature large porches and are placed at angles to face each other, meant to encourage community and giving the village a whimsical, almost Dr. Seuss vibe. The homes, which come fully furnished (many were decorated by Austin interior designers donating their time) are essentially bedrooms with electricity, a crockpot, a microwave and a refrigerator.

esidents share laundry, bathroom

facilities and state-of-the-art community kitchens. Some of the homes have screened-in porches others have large upstairs decks. “We’re really curious to see what happens when we open up this side of the property and

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Bonnie, a formerly homeless resident, moved into the village in December.

Community First! provides more than just homes. The village also includes: GENESIS GARDENS

A 3-acre community garden featuring fruit- and nut-bearing trees and vegetables. Produce from the gardens is available for free to residents at the weekly farm stand.

GROCERY STORE

Sponsored by HEB, this bodega is also a place for residents to sell their work from the forgery workshop and art studios. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE COMMUNITY CINEMA

An outdoor theater that can seat 500 meant to serve as a focal point for weekend gatherings between residents and neighbors.

people get to pick which place they want,” explained Aitchison. “Are they going to choose the party home Are they going to choose the smaller ones off to the side Are they going to try to choose the home that looks like a miniature mansion It’s all up to them. It’s all about empowering them from when they first step on the property to make that decision.” The resources don’t stop at giving residents a home The property — or

HEALTH CLINIC

The facility provides physical and mental health screenings and support services, including hospice and respite care.

the “ 1 . million, 2 0 bedroom mansion,” as Aitchison calls it — also includes three acres of gardens, a medical clinic, sanctuary and bodega, among other amenities. And near the entrance to the property sits the Alamo Drafthouse Community Cinema, a circular outdoor amphitheater that can seat 00. It’s the first sign that this isn’t just a place for housing

CAP METRO BUS STOP

The bus runs every hour, allowing residents to commute into Austin for work or pleasure.

the homeless It’s a community, and one that its founders are hoping will become an active part of Austinites’ lives. To do that, the community has built in different ways to bring people out. The community theater, which hosts movie nights for both residents and neighbors of the East Austin village, is one of those ways. “If in a crowd of 00 people, one person in that crowd says How can I get more involved out here ’ we’ve moved people beyond the traffic light scenario of helping the homeless,” Aitchison explained.

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Chickens, dairy goats, rabbits and honey bees — plus a geodesic dome featuring citrus, avocado and an aquaponic system are all part of Community First!’s gardening program.

Wino Vino originally formed through responses to a Craigslist ad.

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Residents and their East Austin neighbors came together at a recent community movie night to socialize and catch a movie at The Alamo Drafthouse Community Cinema.

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“TH I S PLACE IS A LLOWING YO U TO F IN D YOU R WAY B AC K A N D F I N D THING S YOU FORG OT YOU W E R E E VE N IN T E R E STE D I N .” Bonnie, Community First! Resident

A

nd there are plenty of ways to get

dairy goats, chickens, rabbits and even a colony of honeybees. We visited

involved,

with Bonnie, a formerly homeless armed services veteran who moved into

from

volunteering

at

“Genesis Gardens” to helping out

an

at special events like community

stand, chatting with folks as they passed by. “I’m claiming ambassador

dinners and movie nights, to spending

this week,” she joked. “I claim ambassador quite often.”

a weekend in an hip-looking

at the village in December. She was sitting in the shade of the farm

or

A blind and diabetic amputee, Bonnie is proud of the fact that she’s lost

micro-home as part of the bed and

0 pounds since moving into Community First , something that can at

breakfast mission program. “A lot of people think to do missions you have

least partially be credited to the straight-from-the-ground produce she was

to go to Guatemala, Africa the fact is there’s a large need here in our own

touting at the farm stand. She’s thrilled to have found a community, and a

backyard,” explained Aitchison. “We’re making it possible for people to

place to rediscover some of the things she loves. “It’s something different

make Austin their mission field.”

every day...I’m looking forward to throwing mud at the art studio,” she

On a recent visit, Aitchison pointed out the street signs. We were

said with a grin. And there’s not just an art studio — there’s a blacksmith

standing at the intersection of Goodness Way and Peaceful Path while

workshop, and an art gallery for micro-enterprise opportunities. “One of

behind us, a Cap Metro bus eased to a stop (the bus runs every hour)

the biggest things about being homeless,” said Bonnie, “is the fact that

and construction equipment beeped in reverse. Activity in the village

you give up on yourself. This place is allowing you to find your way back

buzzed with the energy that comes when something is very close to being

and find things you forgot you were even interested in.” And it’s allowing

complete. At our visit in May, 0 residents had moved in. By the end of

Bonnie and other residents to once again find a community. “I know my

201 , 12 to 17 residents are expected to be living at the village. And by

neighbors I hadn’t known my neighbors in years,” she said.

mid-2017, Community First projects to be at capacity, with 2 0 formerly homeless and missional residents.

As innovative and trendy as the micro-homes are, Mobile Loaves Fishes founder and CEO Alan Graham likes to stress that it’s not just

“Everything we do involves the element of healing and restoring one’s

about them. “We’re not necessarily in the business of providing housing,”

dignity and helping them to feel a sense of community,” Aitchison said.

Graham explained, sitting across from the chicken coops and wearing

That mission extends well beyond the street names. On the Saturday we

his signature baseball cap. “We’re in the business of connecting human

visited, a farm stand was set up featuring free kale, eggs and radishes,

beings.”

fresh from the three-acre Genesis Gardens. The property also has its own

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CH RIS’

Clarksville Nau’s Enfield Drug (1115 W Lynn St.) — “This classic soda fountain and grill takes you back in time. Hands down the best cheeseburger in town.” Cipollina (1213 W. Lynn St.) — “One of my favorite spots for happy hour or an easy Italian dinner. Don’t miss the Margherita pizza. ” Sledd’s Nursery (1211 W. Lynn St.) — “A cool place with helpful staff to get everything you need for your yard or garden. Great selection of indoor/outdoor plants. ” Mathews Elementary (906 W. Lynn St.) — “A historic, 100 -year-old elementary school - and it’s great to be able to walk my son to school every morning.” Cafe Medici (1101 W. Lynn St.) — “A great, local coffee shop where I stop most mornings to plan my day. Good place to also catch up with your neighbors.” CHRIS IS A MEMBER OF THE ELITE 25, RANKING H I M A M O N G T H E TO P ONE PERCENT OF R E A L E S TA T E A G E N T S SPECIALIZING IN LUXURY PROPERTIES IN AUSTIN. CHRIS LO V E S R E L A X I N G O N T H E P AT I O AT C L A R K ’ S OY S T E R B A R .

CHRIS LONG Gottesman Broker-Associate Chris Long is a 30-year resident of Austin. He’s spent the last 20 years living and working in the Clarksville neighborhood. “This neighborhood is exactly what Austin is supposed to feel like — historic, charming and incredibly approachable,” said Long. Always keeping active, Chris and his family

Fresh Plus (1221 W. Lynn St.) — “A quick and easy grocery store to grab anything you need — great wine selection.” Clark’s Oyster Bar (1200 W. 6th St.) — “My partner and I enjoy hanging out on the patio. The food is always fresh, and our favorite is the crab cake.” Sweetish Hill Bakery (1120 W. 6th St.) — “The three of us walk here every Saturday morning to start the day with apple empanadas. Definitely try the gypsy horns or sticky buns.” West Austin Neighborhood Park (1317 W. 10th St.) — “A great place for neighborhood gatherings or just to throw a frisbee, play basketball, or hang out with your dog.” Jeffrey’s (1204 W. Lynn St.) — “Austin’s favorite steakhouse for a special occasion. It’s also great place to catch up with clients.”

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A NN A’ S

A MEMBER OF THE ELITE 25, ANNA IS

Tarrytown

A FORMER SOCIAL WORKER AND MOM OF TWO DAUGHTERS. S H E LO V E S TA K I N G T H E M TO T R A N Q U I L

Teo’s Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita (1206 W. 38th St.) — “My husband Matthew trained in Italy with renowned gelato makers like Antonio Lisciandro, who is considered the best gelato maker in Florence. We opened Teo together and have been nationally recognized for our decadent gelatos. My favorite flavor is the Texas Pecan Pie.”

M AY F I E L D P A R K T O ESCAPE THE HUSTLE OF D O W N T O W N .

Adelante (1206 W. 38th St.) — “One of Austin’s finest family-owned boutiques, Adelante opened its doors in Austin in 1992, achieving their vision of a perfect pairing between laid-back city and hip casual style.” 34th Street Cafe (1005 W. 34th St.) — “Delicious food and wine. The perfect spot to take friends, family or clients for lunch or dinner.” Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail — “I have been running this trail for 33 years. In the 80s, I used to see maybe just five people as I did the three-mile loop. It’s amazing to see the number of people who now use it for exercise.” The Menagerie (1601 W. 38th St. #7) — “A local jewelry and gift shop that’s my go-to for wedding, birthday and hostess gifts.” Lee’s Meat Market (1601 W. 38th St. #12) — “Hands down the best butcher in town. They have delicious meats my family typically purchases when we grill out with friends.” Maudie’s on Lake Austin Blvd. (2608 W. 7th St.) — “Our old standby for queso and margaritas!” Mayfield Park and Laguna Gloria (3505 W. 35th St.) — “Peaceful places to relax, listen to the peacocks, read and explore.” Aloe Day Spa (2414 Exposition Blvd.) — “A great spot for massages, facials and acupuncture.” Food! Food! (2727 Exposition Blvd.) — “My favorite place for a quick snack and an Arnold Palmer pick-meup.”

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ANNA LEE Moreland Properties REALTOR® Anna Morrison Lee is a fourth generation Austinite. Anna’s parents still live in the Tarrytown home she grew up in. To her, Tarrytown is a place for families and making memories — some of her favorite were playing at her grandparents’ lakeside estate with her siblings and cousins. Today she and her family enjoy fishing, and waterskiing on the beautiful Lake Austin. ANNAMORRISONLEE.COM | 512.968.6419 | ANNA@MORELAND.COM


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KEVI N’ S

Seaholm District True Food Kitchen (222 West Ave.)—“My current goto convenient and healthy restaurant.” Trader Joe’s (211 Walter Seaholm Dr.)—“Great for quick meal pick-ups and discount wine. It’s easy to get in and out fast.” Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail—“My favorite place to exercise and walk my three doodles.” Boiler Nine Bar + Grill (800 W. Cesar Chavez St.)—“An anticipated restaurant from Chef David Bull; a new addition to the Seaholm neighborhood.” Juan Pelota Cafe (400 Nueces St.)—“My favorite coffee shop, which happens to be inside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop.” U R B A N S PAC E C E O K E V I N B U R N S AT T H E SEAHOLM RESIDENCES, W H I C H H E LO V E S F O R THE LAKE VIEWS AND ACC E S S TO T H E T R A I L S, P A R K S , T H E AT E R S , R E S TA U R A N T S , B A R S

24 Diner (600 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“This is my top breakfast spot. Be sure to try the Chicken and Waffles.” Moody Theater (310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd.)—“Live music in an intimate setting. You can’t call yourself an Austinite until you’ve been.”

AND SHOPS.

New Central Library (800 Guadalupe St.)—“I’m excited to take my kids here once it’s complete.”

KEVIN BURNS

The Long Center (701 W. Riverside Dr.)—“The best walkable place for family fun. They have great events during the summer. Our favorite is The Symphony in the Park.”

Passionate about creating a dynamic urban core, Urbanspace CEO Kevin Burns has focused his pursuits on helping downtown and central Austin thrive. To Burns, the Seaholm neighborhood is a special place, not only because he and those close

Ranch 616 (616 Nueces St.)—“My favorite spot for ‘Texas cuisine’; a great place to take out-of-towners.”

to him live there, but because he can do most of his business without ever leaving the neighborhood. All things that make downtown living easy and comfortable are a leisurely walk away. WWW.URBANSPACELIFESTYLE.COM | 512.848.8722 | KEVIN@URBANSPACELIFESTYLE.COM

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J U D E O F T E N WA L K S THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Rainey Street

W I T H H I S D O G , “ B LO G . ” THE CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF THE DISTRICT INSPIRES HIS

Royal Blue Grocery (51 Rainey St.)—“I order my coffee there in the mornings, grab some fresh fruit or a slice of Eastside Pies pizza for lunch.”

COV E R AG E O F D OW N TO W N R E L AT E D N E W S AT A U S T I N TO W E R S . N E T.

Waller Creek Boathouse (74 Trinity St.)—“From renting kayaks to chilling out at Alta’s Cafe overlooking the lake, this is one of my favorite spots in all of downtown Austin.” Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden (79 Rainey St.)—“This hits the Rainey vibe just right. It’s a converted bungalow space with 100 beers on tap, great food, a huge patio and a casual environment.” Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail—“When you want to get away from all the entertainment on Rainey, the trail is a great bike and pedestrian connector to Lady Bird Lake and the rest of downtown.” Hotel Van Zandt (605 Davis St.)—“This hotel has moved the district forward into the next era, boasting one of the best new restaurants in the city, Geraldine’s, named after the neighborhood’s late guinea fowl pet.” L’Estelle House (88 1/2 Rainey St.)—“Owners Holly and Craig Nasso have been Rainey believers since the 90s, and bring authentic comfort and culture to the neighborhood. It’s my wife’s favorite place on Rainey Street.” G’raj Mahal (73 Rainey St.)—“It has the best Indian pakoras I’ve ever eaten. Full stop.” Icenhauer’s (83 Rainey St.)—“Michael Hsu Architecture worked on its renovation, setting the bar for bungalow rehabs on Rainey.” El Naranjo (85 Rainey St.)—“Local, high-end and one of the first restaurants here; a great date place when you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated.” Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.)—“The MACC, as it’s known, is quietly one of the best architected buildings in downtown.

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JUDE GALLIGAN Few neighborhoods have seen such drastic transformation as downtown Austin’s Rainey Street district, and few people know it as intimately as Jude Galligan. Jude owns REATX Realty and has been a Rainey resident since 2009. He’s helped many make a great move into this densely vibrant neighborhood that boasts bungalow hangouts, urban parklands and stunning skyscrapers—all steps from each other. REATX.COM/DOWNTOWN | 512.236.8898 | HELP@REATX.COM


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KUMARA’ S

Downtown Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail (74 Trinity St.)—“We are so blessed to have this body of water running right through the heart of the city. I love to run, bike, paddle board, kayak or take my son for a stroll.” Whole Foods (1105 N. Lamar Blvd.)—“Whole Foods is my everything, it’s practically my second home and downtown Austin happens to be the location of their flagship store!” 2nd Street Retail District (2nd St. & San Antonio St.)—“I love the variety of unique local boutiques and eateries along this stretch of downtown. This was a muchneeded addition to the area and a true compliment to Austin’s downtown lifestyle experience.” Stubb’s (801 Red River St.)—“Music is my soul. When I discovered this intimate outdoor venue shortly after I first moved to Austin, I fell in love. It’s where you’ll find me on a weekend evening or for any great show.” AS THE #1 PRODUCER F O R K U P E R S OT H E B Y ’ S I N T E R N A T I O N A L R E A LT Y, WITH SALES OF $52M IN 2015, KUMARA IS KNOWN F O R H E R N E G OT I A T I N G

RIDE Indoor Cycling (117 Lavaca St.)—“My cardio goto with upbeat music, inspiring atmosphere and intense sweat sessions. I always leave RIDE feeling amazing.” CorePower Yoga (801 W. 5th St.)—“From sculpt to flow, I love every class they offer—this is my sanctuary for stress relief.”

STRENGTHS, WHICH IS WHY MANY OF HER CLIENTS NOW CALL D OW N TOW N AU S T I N HOME.

KUMARA WILCOXON Downtown living offers a rich variety of experiences for many lifestyles: Incredible dining, entertainment, retail and exercise options abound. For 14 years, Kumara Wilcoxon—one of Austin’s top luxury real estate agents and Elite 25 member—has helped clients find the perfect place to fit their pace. 512.423.5035 | KUMARAWILCOXON.COM

Ranch 616 (616 Nueces St.)—“The cozy Southwest vibe is a staple for a true Austin experience. I feel at home with all the familiar faces I see every time I walk through the doors.” Jackson Ruiz Salon (211 Walter Seaholm Dr.)—“The friendliest, most accommodating staff and management. I am continually impressed with how they run their business.” Violet Crown Cinema (434 W. 2nd St.)—“Locally-owned indie theatre with food and drinks...a perfect movie evening.” ACL Live at the Moody Theatre, W Austin (310 W Willie Nelson Blvd)—”A state-of-the-art venue which hosts the acclaimed television series Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history along with other incredible concerts. This is one of my favorite things about Austin.” tribeza.com | JUNE 2016 101


JEANNETTE SPINELLI, ELITE 25 MEMBER,

J EA NNE T TE ’ S

AT A H O M E I N WESTLAKE. SHE’S BEEN

Westlake

CONNECTING HER REAL E S TA T E C L I E N T S W I T H THEIR DREAM HOMES IN WESTLAKE FOR MORE

Breed & Co. (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“Where else can you buy a cordless drill and fine china?”

THAN 15 YEARS.

Woodhouse Spa (3600 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.)— “Their foot treatments are amazing. I wear heels, high ones…enough said.” Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve (805 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.)—“Instead of spending 30 minutes on 360 stuck in traffic, commuters can turn into this 227-acre oasis and lose their stress until rush hour dwindles.” Anna Gray (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“Every girl deserves something sparkly. This establishment serves up treats that I can’t pass up. It is a great place to stop in for gifts, too!” Tuscany 360 (3310 N. Capitol Of Texas Hwy.)—“My clients look bewildered when I pull into a gas station for our lunch stop in-between showings. It’s much more than a gas station and serves up healthy meals both morning and lunch.” Rowing Dock (2418 Stratford Dr.)—“If you have the urge to exercise, this is the place. Aren’t we lucky to have a lake in our backyard?” Blue Dahlia (3663 Bee Cave Rd.)—“The perfect bistro for a lunch with clients or friends. I recommend the Salad Niçoise.” Trianon (3201 Bee Cave Rd.)–“Do we really need to go to Starbucks with this gem in our neighborhood?” Boat Launch at Pennybacker Bridge (5019 N. Capital of TX Hwy.)—“Fun in the sun is the name of the game during Austin summers. You’ll see competitive skiers out in the early mornings, wakeboarders in the afternoons and Tiki cruisers in the evenings.” Valentines (3801 N. Capital of TX Hwy.)—“A mainstay for Westlake fashion mavens, offering a carefullycurated selection of designer clothing, shoes and accessories.”

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JEANNETTE SPINELLI Owner of Spinelli Residential Group, Jeannette Spinelli resides downtown and specializes in finding homes for her clients in Westlake. Her clients are many and loyal—she is now selling to second generations of families. Westlake has a surreal blend of nature with its rolling verdant hills and peaceful setting, all within minutes of downtown. It offers close proximity to Austin without the chaos. That, coupled with nationally-ranked schools, makes living in this area very desirable. JEANNETTESPINELLI.COM | 512.784.8022 | JEANNETTE@JEANNETTESPINELLI.COM


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CL AYTON’ S

Bouldin Creek Dolce Neve (1713 S. First St.)—“From Chocolate Granita to Bee Pollen Gelato, they serve some of the freshest, most unique frozen treats I’ve ever had.” Thai Fresh (909 W. Mary St.)—“One of my favorite eclectic restaurants for a light and spicy lunch.” Alcomar (1816 S. First St.)—“A recent newcomer to the neighborhood, Alcomar serves a great margarita—the Don Carlos—with award-winning, sea-inspired Latin fare.” Elizabeth Street Cafe (1501 S. First St.)—“One of MMH’s stars, this Asian fusion spot is my favorite for a fancy breakfast or a sneaky-good burger.” Art for the People Gallery (1711 S. First St.)—“Some of Austin’s up-and-coming talents show their work here. A great place to discover great art in any medium.”

N OT M A N Y P E O P L E

West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt and Waterfall—“Hidden not far from El Mercado on S. First Street, this park is also accessed from Third and James Street.”

KNOW ABOUT THE SWIMMING HOLE A N D W AT E R F A L L I N BOULDIN CREEK, W H E R E C L AY T O N E N J OY S T H E P E A C E AND QUIET ON NEARBY TRAILS.

CLAYTON BULLOCK “More than selling homes, I’m building community,” explained native Austinite and Moreland Properties REALTOR® Clayton Bullock. Bouldin Creek is special because of its amazing proximity to the city’s best amenities: parks, restaurants and eclectic retailers. Undeniable charm, diversity and a “live and let live” attitude

Patika Coffee (2159 S. Lamar Blvd.)—“They serve amazing lattes and often host pop-up events collaborating with local eateries.” Métier / Lenoir (1805 and 1807 S. First St.)—“Lenoir’s new wine garden is great for happy hour and hushpuppies. Their sister store, Métier, sells unique kitchen goods from sushi knives to antique cookbooks.” Impact Hub at Vuka (411 W. Monroe St.)—“One of Austin’s many incredible co-working spaces—you can drop in anytime. They also host events there after hours in this unique and open, renovated warehouse.” Torchy’s Tacos (1311 S. First St.)—“Among the variety food trucks along S. First, this growing taco truck is among the best quality and quantity in the state!”

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East Side Mi Madre’s (2201 Manor Rd.)—“Two must-have items: the #0 Taco and their Micheladas, which have an authentic flavor I haven’t had outside of Mexico.” Dai Due (2406 Manor Rd.)—“I can see the house where I lived in college from their dining room. The reuben on rye is literally amazing, and the peach kolache is to die for.” Quickie Pickie (1208 E. 11th St.)—“This place is like a modern day Agora: you can see anyone from senators to University of Texas athletic coaches taking meetings on the patio here.” Paper Boy (1203 E. 11th St.)—“Great breakfast trailer concept so popular that they’ve run out of seating nearly every time that I’ve been. Their breakfast sandwiches are the best. Anytime you combine brioche buns and pimento cheese into breakfast, magic happens.” S TOW E L L O F T E N S TO P S

Hotel Eleven (1123 E. 11th St.)—“A husband and wife team just opened this modern boutique hotel. It has beautiful patios, a great bar for meetings and $2 beers during happy hour.”

I N TO N E I G H B O R H O O D FAV O R I T E , Q U I C K I E PICKIE. HE BELIEVES THIS NEIGHBORHOOD

Texas State Cemetery (909 Navasota St.)—“Every Texan should walk through this magical place. It is beautiful and gives a profound respect for the number of heroes and statesman who have shaped the history of our state. They just placed Chris Kyle’s headstone there this year.” Contigo (2027 Anchor Ln.)—“You have to try the fried Green Beans with Sambal Aioli and the Pigs-in-a-Blanket. Now that we have a son, this is a great place for our young family to grab a quick and easy bite to eat.” Bearded Lady (3504 E. 4th St.)–“Bearded Lady is a gallery and print shop that has cool, authentic artwork from some of Austin’s most awesome printmakers including Chris Bilheimer. He’s kind of a big deal.”

CAN REALIZE NEW URBANISM—PEOPLE INT E R AC T I N G W I T H T H E I R NEIGHBORS, BUSINESSES AND RESIDENCES—IN A W AY N OT P O S S I B L E I N OT H E R P A R T S O F T H E C I T Y.

AUSTIN STOWELL Founder of KEEP Real Estate, Austin Stowell is a former pharmacist who has lived on the east side since 2000. He looks forward to the impact UT’s new top-tier medical school will have on Austin real estate, particularly in East Austin. “The

Bufalina (1519 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—“Their burrata is one of the most delicious items I have ever eaten. The Margherita pizza is a great one.”

east side is special because right now we are in the midst of a Renaissance. There

Stay Gold (1910 E. Cesar Chavez St.)—“For a night out on the town this place has everything: great vibe, they often have some stellar, hard-to-find beers and live music. They have a great patio as well.”

entrepreneurs simply find a way to figure it out.”

is room for creativity from homeowners and developers alike,” Stowell said. “This neighborhood has been a nexus of will and opportunity, patience and grit, where

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Austin Living 101

ATIF AHMAD

When it comes to Austin living, Adelo Mortgage owner Atif Ahmad is the expert. Atif has lived in Austin since the 90’s, raised a family here, and has left his tracks on just about every part of town. We asked Atif why Austin is the place to be and how his business helps others put down roots here, too.

You’ve lived here for many years. What made you decide to call Austin home? I came to Austin for college originally, but what made it home was the close sense of community, eclectic culture and creative energy. I remember feeling “it” the very first time I visited back in 1991. A lot has changed since then, but this town’s soul is still the same. What’s unique about Austin’s neighborhoods? Do you have a favorite? There are so many great neighborhoods in Austin. Each one has its own vibe, and their own culture within the culture. My favorite is Tarrytown. I live there now and it’s the perfect mix of old and new. It’s close to everything but not too close to the downtown hustle. The East Side is growing fast on me with all its new restaurants, bars, event venues, art collectives and food parks. For someone who is buying a home in Austin and doesn’t know where to start, how can you help? The market in Austin moves fast and mortgage lending has become so detailed oriented — the key to a successful home-buying experience is often all in the set up. Understanding and structuring a game plan around your financial profile first is where we excel, and we pride ourselves on the relationships we grow in the process. What are your top 3 must-visit spots for an Austin newcomer? 1. UT Campus: A mix of innovation and tradition always impresses me. I’d suggest grabbing lunch nearby at the Posse or Crown and Anchor. 2. Mt. Bonnell: I remember during my first couple of days in Austin, a friend took me towards

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the west part of town and how surprised I was by hills and terrain. I still like doing that today when friends visit; so much of Texas is flat and it is special that we have all this amazing elevation so close to town. 3. I really enjoy exploring neighborhoods; spending an afternoon in SoCo, then maybe rolling

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OUTSIDE THE PAPER + CRAFT PANTRY in

East Austin, a minty front door stands beside a black and white mural doodled with twine balls, ink wells, scissors and envelopes. This whimsical façade is a 180 from the building’s former generic existence as a warehouse for medical supplies.

And owner, Pei Sim, is

tickled by the public’s curiosity. Since it opened in November 2015, The Paper + Craft Pantry has sold a creativelycurated selection of greeting cards, stationary, notepads, journals and home goods while offering — bonus — a workshop studio for aspiring artisans to hone their chops. While the creatively curated retail showroom is a meaningful part of The Pantry, it is the venue’s robust workshop rotation that’s bringing community together anew. Throughout the month, Sim hosts events and workshops at this East 6th Street retreat, many taught by small business owners: painters, bartenders, bakers and calligraphers. “I want the workshops to be led by instructors who are truly pros at what they do,” said Sim. Costing anywhere from $25 to $125, the allinclusive workshop fees cover the materials

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and supplies, sips, snacks and instruction, along with a discount towards a purchase in The Paper + Craft Pantry retail showroom. While many of the workshops are artistically inclined, such as the loom weaving, screen printing or floral painting courses, others are aimed at teaching better business practices, from Marketing 101 to protecting a brand’s creative content with trademarks, copyrights and licensing. Most popular to date are the modern calligraphy

and

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subjects that have witnessed a resurgence in recent years. In June, creative types can learn how to decorate cookies from a local baker. Sim’s goal is to make the classes accessible to a diverse audience, while educating, broadening

Natural light floods into Sim's sunny space brightening shelves of gifts and cards. Banners and bulletin boards, scissors and string hint at workshop activities and abundant creation.

skillsets and creating a supportive community in the process. Beyond workshops, The Paper + Craft Pantry also hosts different kinds of events, from an Austin Book Club gathering to a donation-based co-working initiative. Bloggers, photographers, designers and other freelancers can gather in the studio every Friday from 12-5pm to work on their collective projects; 100 percent of donations are passed on to local charities. This steady rotation of events, workshops and networking initiatives is adding texture and color to the neighborhood. Whether it’s freelancers using the studio, students attending a workshop or passersby simply looking for an original greeting card, Sim’s budding business is succeeding in reimagining the community experience — in the name of paper and craft.

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oversized dressing rooms, ample seating areas and a sink for testing out grooming products. Thirsty for more? Step over to their coffee and whiskey bar. Sips while shopping are complimentary. “For us, the whiskey/coffee component is yet another opportunity to tell the story of a maker,” noted Guinn. Weathered Coalition is a retail experience that fosters community, supports American handicrafts and kick starts conversations. “The best things in life are multi-generational and continue to tell our stories long after we are gone,” said Guinn. It’s shopping at its best—with a tale in your back pocket. Woods and Guinn have thoughtfully curated a space that evokes a weathered American panache.

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K AREN'S PICK | FOOD + THOUGHT A Nau's specialty: the cheeseburger and a cherry milkshake at the shop's old timey diner counter.

"Businessmen, laborers, housewives, musicians, students, retirees, lovers, artists and families all sit elbow-to-elbow at the counter or tucked into their favorite booth or table. " and rickety bistro tables. The customers are an eclectic patchwork of young and old, rich and poor, black and white. Businessmen, laborers, housewives,

musicians,

students,

retirees,

lovers, artists and families all sit elbow-toelbow at the counter or tucked into their favorite booth or table. Most engage in casual conversation and rarely leave without making

Nau's ENFIELD DRUG A H IS TOR IC CL A R K S V I L L E I NS T I T U T ION T H AT ' S A LWAYS WOR T H A V ISI T.

a new friend. All are there for simple fare from a simpler time. If Nau’s has a printed menu, I’ve never seen it. But a menu board hangs above the grill — and the helpful staff is happy to steer you in the right direction. At breakfast, most customers go for the best-selling Breakfast Combo Number Five: two eggs cooked to order, bacon or sausage, toast and coffee. If you’re really hungry, add

by Karen Spezia | Photographs by Chelsea Laine Francis THERE’S OLD AUSTIN…and then there’s really Old Austin. Welcome to Nau’s, an Austin

institution since 1951. Never heard of it? You must be new in town, pardner. So hop into your magic time machine and head to a place from another era. Nau’s Enfield Drug opened in historic Clarksville

from the norm to order omelettes or breakfast tacos, one of the rare new items added since its opening. At lunch, it’s mostly burgers. Cooked on a flattop grill, wrapped in checkerboard wax

years ago and has barely changed since. This

paper and served in a basket, they’re simple,

all-American soda fountain within an old-fashioned drug store has been doling out diner classics

fresh and tasty. They come in two sizes, with or

— and pharmaceuticals — for generations. The food is basic and good, but Nau’s is really about

without cheese or bacon and loaded with crispy,

the experience. Stroll to the back of the drug store, past the medicines, toiletries, novelty toys, and

fresh garnish. There are also classic sandwiches

vintage candy, and you’ll find a diner lost in time.

like ham and cheese, a turkey club and grilled

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The food at Nau's is served with a side of genuine Austin nostalgia.

artisanal breads at Nau’s: it’s all good ol’ presliced loaf bread. I think there are salads and maybe soup, but I can’t get past the burgers. Want fries with that? Sorry, friend, there’s no deep fryer at Nau’s. But that’s okay, because you’ll want to save room for a milkshake. Or a malt. Or a root beer float. Scooped by hand, the shakes are so creamy and thick that they come with a spoon. And old-fashioned sodas are mixed by hand with flavored syrup and soda water. I recently took my teenage niece to Nau’s for the first time, where she marveled, “It’s just like in the movies…” She was right, except this wasn’t a movie. This was the real deal. The genuine article. So if you want a taste of a nostalgic Austin landmark, Nau’s is the place. And to all you folks who’ve recently moved to town: Welcome. Get to Nau’s and start immersing yourself in Austin 101.

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The Smith Family: Evan Smith is CEO of the Texas Tribune. Julia Smith is a Senior Advisor at Corcoran & Co. Strategic Fundraising Solutions. Daughter, Carson, is a sophomore in college Facetiming with the family at dinner and son, Wyatt, a high school sophomore.

Dinner

CONVERSATION W H AT H A PPE NS A ROU N D T H E DI N I NG TA B L E IS J US T A S I M P OR TA N T A S W H AT ’ S ON T H E PL AT E . T H IS MON T H W E PU L L U P A SE AT W I T H T H E SM I T H FA M I LY.

EACH WEEK, the New York Times Sunday

video of our son Wyatt at the table when he was

business section includes an interview with an

about three doing the old vaudeville scene “You

executive. And nearly each week, those business

must pay the rent/I can’t pay the rent,” with a

leaders talk about the lessons learned around

slice of yellow pepper as his evil mustache slash

their family’s dinner table. Thrift, honesty and

damsel-in-distress hair ribbon. The kids have

the pleasure of a hard day’s work. “On time is

still never seen “Animal House,” but they can

late”; “say yes to new opportunities.”

recite the “See if you can guess what I am now”

We’ve been in the family dinner business for about 19 or so years, and we aren’t so sure we’ve provided CEO-worthy life lessons. We’re more Don Rickles than Dale Carnegie.

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scene with perfect Belushi inflection. Surely there’s some value in that? Then there’s that old dinnertime favorite, “Kids complain about their perfect lives.” (And

When the kids were young, a lot of what we

its predictable reaction, “Parents tell them they

talked about at dinner could be described as

have no idea how good they have it.”) Teachers

“Mom and Dad remember comedy.” We made a

giving homework, coaches making them run


W E ’ V E B E E N I N T H E FAM I LY D I N N E R B US I N ES S FO R A B O U T 1 9 O R S O Y E A R S, A N D W E A R E N ’ T S O S U R E W E ’ V E P R OV I D E D C EO -WO RT H Y L I F E L ES S O N S. W E ’ R E M O R E D O N R I C K L E S T H A N DA L E C A R N EG I E.

laps, school policies, Texas driving laws — the

none of these would actually make great band

for no other purpose than the quotidian

specific offenders may change, but our children

names. This is like a Zen koan for our kids to

management of young lives. And bad things—

believing that the world is unfair and stacked

unravel. (Bonus points to anyone who knew

like depression, anxiety or addiction—can still

against them in some form or fashion has been

that Giant Sand was a real band! A real,

happen, no matter how many family meals you

a sad constant.

tragically named band.)

sit down to.

Then, of course, there’s plain old household

One friend of ours doesn’t believe in family

business. Did you remember to look for your

dinners. They sit down together when they can,

conversations over the years. Maybe even some

jacket at school? Did you talk to your science

but often, her (teenaged) boys are left alone

that would meet Laurie David’s standards. One

teacher about that project? Do you have a lot

with no planned meal. She believes those nights

memorable evening a few years ago we got on

of homework tonight? There are lots of days

instill important self-sufficiency skills. After

the subject of what it means to be an American.

where dinner is the only chance we have to get

all, they do need to know how to prepare food

“Guns, and fried stuff and the walkers that fat

anything out of them. And we are REALLY

for themselves soon enough. And if she makes

people use,” was Wyatt’s answer, and while that

tired of replacing lost jackets.

regular time to be with her kids in lots of other

sentiment betrays a dark cynicism about our

Sure,

we’ve

had

a

few

great

dinner

In the past few years, family dinners

ways — mornings, after school, weekends —

nation’s character and habits, we also had to

have morphed into a movement. We’ve got

then why should she get all hung up on dinner?

applaud its insight and specificity. Especially

family dinner challenges and “world’s largest

Well, yes. As every parent knows car rides

family dinner” days and reams of studies

are also a great opportunity for conversations

We hope that family dinners with our kids

and news stories about its benefits. Family

about what’s really on a kid’s mind. Or games

taught them that humor diffuses tension, that

dinner evangelist Laurie David describes her

of catch. Or jigsaw puzzles. Or walking the dog.

they shouldn’t be wary about asking for help

experiences at the table as “cheerful, significant

And yet our friend reports that she has limited

and that they can persevere through even the

and meaningful.” That seems like a high bar to

her time with other kids’ parents because they

most challenging relationships. But it’s also

clear on a Wednesday night, doesn’t it?

from an 11-year-old.

give her so much grief over the dinner issue.

possible that all we did was expose them to

Around our table, a more likely topic of

“One mom has even gone so far as to ‘ jokingly’

creative swearing and Evan’s breathy and self-

conversation is “Great band names, but not

tell my kids that CPS was going to rescue them

satisfied impression of Wiz Khalifa’s mother on

really.” Here’s how it starts: someone uses an

someday,” she said.

the phone (don’t ask).

adjective and a noun. Fragile Bully. Precious

Come on, people. Dinner conversation is

Maybe they’re turning out OK in spite of us,

Falafel. Giant Sand. Evan responds by saying

like any conversation: sometimes it’s fun,

not because of us. Either way, everyone’s got to

“That would make a great band name.” Note:

sometimes it’s dull, sometimes it’s intended

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ANNIE’S CAFÉ & BAR 319 Congress Ave. | (512) 472 1884 Locally minded American offerings in a charming setting; perfect spot for a decadent downtown brunch. APOTHECARY CAFÉ AND WINE BAR 4800 Burnet Rd. | (512) 371 1600 Apothecary’s soothing ambiance and excellent wine selection make it a great spot for drinks and bites with friends. Chef Matt Gallagher brings f lavors from different cultures to create a menu featuring items from ceviche to an ahi tuna roll.

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Celebrating 40 years in Austin, Fonda San Miguel offers

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exquisite Interior Mexican cuisine in a rich environment

Upscale-casual Italian in the heart of the Rosedale

to stimulate all the senses. Stunning fine art, lush tropical

neighborhood. Fresh pastas, hand-tossed pizzas, in-

plants, sparkling light from traditional tin chandeliers…

credible desserts (don’t miss the salted caramel budino),

at Fonda San Miguel, your celebration comes alive.

and locally sourced, seasonally inspired chalkboard

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specials. Full bar with craft cocktails, local beers on tap,

1005 W. 34th St. | (512) 371 3400

and boutique wines from around the world.

This cozy neighborhood spot in North Campus serves up

ASTI TRATTORIA

soups, salads, pizzas and pastas -- but don’t miss the chicken piccata. The low-key setting makes it great for weeknight dinners and weekend indulgences.

The chic little Hyde Park trattoria offers essential Italian

306 E 53rd St | (512) 459 1010 | fndaustin.com

dishes along with a variety of wines to pair them with.

ALCOMAR

A small, lively New European-American bistro serving

Finish off your meal with the honey and goat cheese

1816 S. 1st St. | (512) 401 3161

up inventive dishes like Wild Nettle Risotto with Black

panna cotta.

Chefs Alma Alcocer and Jeff Martinez serve up some of

Truffles and Miner’s Lettuce, Texas

the city’s best Latin American-inspired seafood. Stop by

Grenobloise, and Dry-Aged Ribeye for two. Open for din-

for lunch, happy hour, dinner or weekend brunch, and start your visit with blood orange margarita and the crab and guacamole.

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edfish with Sauce

ner five nights a week – reservations accepted and walkins welcome. With Dollar Oysters on Tuesdays and 25 per-

BANGER’S SAUSAGE HOUSE AND BEER GARDEN 79 Rainey St. | (512) 386 1656 Banger’s brings the German biergarten tradition to Rainey Street with an array of artisan sausages and more

cent off bottles of wine on Thursdays, Foreign & Domestic

than 100 beers on tap. To get the full Banger’s experience,

is a the perfect neighborhood place to visit midweek for a

go for their weekend brunch and indulge in the Banger’s

great meal!

Benny, the beer garden’s take on eggs Benedict.


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BRIBERY BAKERY 2013 Wells Branch Pkwy #109 | (512) 531 9832 1900 Simond Ave #300 | (512) 297 2720 Pastry Chef Jodi Elliott puts a fun spin on classic confections. The Mueller location is a Candy Land-esque space where diners can sip on cocktails, beer, wine and coffee. BUFALINA 1519 E. Cesar Chavez | (512) 524 2523

KOME 4917 Airport Blvd | (512) 712 5700 | kome-austin.com More than just sushi, this eatery also serves up ramen

6555 Burnet Rd. #100 | (512) 215 8662 Bufalina serves up Neapolitan, wood-fired pizza in an elegant and trendy space. Insider tip: get the Fresca pie.

NAPA FLATS 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg M, Ste. 100 | (512) 640 8384 Fresh, savory cuisine inspired by California flavors with

for lunch and Izakaya “tapas" style dishes for dinner.

an Italian flair. Made from scratch dishes are prepared in

This homestyle take on Japanese cuisine brings authen-

an open kitchen over a wood fired grill. A unique 12 tap

ticity and creativity to a variety of dishes. With offerings

wine dispenser offers a complete complement of high-

such as takoyaki, gyoza and the popular "Summertime

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James Beard Award nominated chef Bryce Gilmore

Chef Shawn Cirkiel transports diners to the south of

encourages sharing with small plates made from locally-

Spain for classic tapas, including croquettes and jamon

sourced ingredients, served at communal tables. Try the

serrano. The white-brick patio invites you to sip on some

parsley croissants with bone marrow or Gilmore’s unique take on fried chicken.

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sangria and enjoy the bites.

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Juliet Ristorante serves their take on modern Italian. Enjoy

Executive chef Todd Havers creates “The Experience”

food ranging from classic Carbonara to a variety of season-

menu every night at Cafe Josie, which offers guests a prix

ally inspired dishes including hand crafted bread, pasta, and

fixe all-you-can-eat dining experience. The a la carte

desserts. Full bar with craft cocktails and a curated wine list.

menu is also available, featuring classics such as smoked

3663 Bee Cave Rd, West Lake Hills | (512) 306 1168 A cozy, French bistro serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner and in a casual setting. Pop in for their happy hour to share a bottle of your favorite wine and a charcuterie board.

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CHINATOWN 3407 Greystone Dr. (512) 343 9307 107 W. 5th St. | (512) 343 9307 Some of the best traditional Chinese food in town. Fast service in the dining room and delivery is available. This restaurant boasts an extensive and diverse dim sum menu for customers to munch on. CLARK’S OYSTER BAR 1200 W. 6th St. | (512) 297 2525 Small and always buzzing, Clark’s extensive caviar and oyster menu, sharp aesthetics, and excellent service make

LAS PALOMAS 3201 Bee Caves Rd #122 | (512) 327 9889 | laspalomasrestaurant.com

One of the hidden jewels in Westlake, this unique restaurant and bar offers authentic Interior Mexican cuisine in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting. Enjoy

it a refreshing indulgence on West Sixth Street. Chef Larry McGuire brings East Coast inspired vibes to this seafood restaurant. CONTIGO 2027 Anchor Ln. | (512) 614 2260

THE SOUP PEDDLER 4631 Airport Blvd. | 501 W. Mary St. | 13219 Hwy. 183 N. 2801 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 444 7687 | souppeddler.com The Austin foodie legend of the boy and his soup delivery bicycle lives on in four brick and mortar locations. Argu-

family recipes made with fresh ingredients. Don’t miss

Chef Andrew Wiseheart serves ranch-to-table cuisine and

the margaritas!

an elegant take on bar fare at this east side gem. Take

ably Austin’s finest juice and smoothie bar complements

your pick from the exquisite and bold cocktail menu and

the famed soups and housemade stocks. Eclectic grab-

grab a spot on the expansive outdoor patio.

and-go salads and an array of griddled sandwiches round

CAFÉ NO SÉ 1603 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 942 2061

out the menu.

South Congress Hotel’s Café No Sé balances rustic decor

COUNTER 3. FIVE. VII

and a range of seasonal foods to make it the best place for

315 Congress Ave. Ste. 100 | (512) 291 3327

weekend brunching. Their spin on the classic avocado

Belly up to the counter at this 25-seat space for an

612-B E. 6th St. | (512) 369 3897

toast is a must-try.

intimate dining experience that’s modern yet

From the owners of the popular Kome on Airport

approachable. This unique eatery gives three, five and

Boulevard, Daruma features rich chicken broth-based

seven course tasting menus in an immersive setting.

ramen and a simple, veggie-friendly menu. The communal

CENTRAL STANDARD 1603 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 942 0823

DARUMA RAMEN

seating and restaurant design keeps it homey and traditional, emanating a Japanese ramen joint.

Between their full dinner menu, impressive raw bar and

COUNTER CAFÉ

craft cocktail offerings, Central Standard at the South

626 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 708 8800

Congress Hotel is the perfect place to spend a night on

1914 E. 6th St. | (512) 351 9961

the town.

It’s nothing fancy, but this tiny shotgun-style diner has

207 E. 53rd St. | (512) 614 6683

some of the city’s best breakfast offerings. This cafe fuses

Located in the North Loop district, Michael and Jessica

American diner food with a global touch. Make sure to

Sanders bring craft cocktails and American pub fare to

order their famous pancakes and burgers.

drink.well. with a seasonally changing menu. Snacks to

DRINK.WELL.

try include fried chickpeas and house-made Twinkies.

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DUE FORNI

EL CHILE

FABI + ROSI

106 E. 6th St. Ste. 106 | (512) 391 9300

1809 Manor Road | (512) 457 9900

509 Hearn St. | (512) 236 0642

Due Forni serves up Roman and Neapolitan style pizza

The extensive menu features Mexican classics, including

This husband and wife team cook up delicious European-

from two specially designed brick ovens. Pair a pizza with

ceviche and tamales, and creative drinks like the

style dishes like pork schnitzel and paella. The restaurant

one of their 40+ wines for the ultimate Italian experience.

cantaloupe margarita. Their daily happy hour offers

is home to a backyard garden, chicken coop and all

sangria, micheladas and margaritas.

natural provisions, sourcing locally and sourcing

EAST SIDE SHOW ROOM

organically. The Austin American-Statesman has

1100 E. 6th St. | (512) 467 4280

ELEVEN PLATES & WINE

previously named Fabi + Rosi as one of the best

Enjoy delicious vintage cocktails, 1930s- and

3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. | (512) 328 0110

restaurants in Austin.

1940s-inspired music, and cuisine by Fermin Nunez at

Specializing in New American cuisine, tapas and small

East Side Show Room. The small outdoor patio and cozy

plates, this casual wine bar offers over 100 fine wines

FOODHEADS

fireplace are perfect for breezy nights or casual drinks.

from around the world as well as 11 different locally-

616 W. 34th St. | (512) 420 8400

crafted beer options. Dishes range from the most elegant

Fresh and inspired sandwiches, soups and salads in a

EASY TIGER

like duck confit to casual perfection, like a classic

charming refashioned cottage and porch. This local

709 E. 6th St. | (512) 614 4972

hamburger.

sandwich shop on 34th Street is the perfect date spot for

From the ELM Restaurant Group comes Easy Tiger luring

you and your book. Don’t forget to check out the daily

in both drink and food enthusiasts with a delicious

ELIZABETH STREET CAFÉ

bakeshop upstairs and a casual beer garden downstairs.

1501 S. 1st St. | (512) 291 2881

Sip on some local brew and grab a hot, fresh pretzel.

Chef Larry McGuire creates a charming French-

FREEDMEN’S

Complete your snack with beer cheese and an array of

Vietnamese eatery with a colorful menu of pho, banh mis

2402 San Gabriel St. | (512) 220 0953

dipping sauces.

and sweet treats Both the indoor seating and outdoor

Housed in a historic Austin landmark, smoke imbues the

patio bring comfort and vibrancy to this South Austin

f lavors of everything at Freedmen’s — from the barbecue,

EDEN EAST

neighborhood. Don’t forget to end your meal with the

to the desserts and even their cocktail offerings.

755 Springdale Rd | (512) 428 6500

housemade macarons.

Pitmaster and chef Evan LeRoy plates some of the city’s

Eden East’s concept fosters a sense of community with

soup specials.

best barbecue on a charming outdoor patio.

their communal seating and farm-to-table menu. Chef

EMMER & RYE

Sonya Cote creates monthly menus based on seasonal

51 Rainey St. #110 | (512) 366 5530

GERALDINE’S

availability of local foods. Reservations are required, so

Named after two types of grains, Emmer & Rye brings

605 Davis St. Austin | (512) 476 4755

make sure you and your dinner date plan ahead.

their farm-to-table menu, in-house fermentation and dim

Located inside Rainey Street's Hotel Van Zandt,

sum to diners craving wholesome and innovative cuisine.

Geraldine's creates a unique, fun experience by

EL ALMA

This whole-animal butchery is also home to Kevin Fink, a

combining creative cocktails, shareable plates and scenic

1025 Barton Springs Rd. | (512) 609 8923

cook named as one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs.

views of Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy live bands every night of

This chef-driven, authentic Mexican cuisine with

the week as you enjoy Chef Frank Mnuk’s dishes and

unmatched outdoor patio dining stands as an Austin

EPICERIE

dining gem. The chic yet relaxed setting is perfect for

2307 Hancock Dr. | (512) 371 6840

enjoying delicious specialized drinks outside for their

A café and grocery with both Louisiana and French

everyday 3pm-5pm happy hour.

sensibilities by Thomas Keller-trained Chef Sarah

cocktails from bar manager Jen Keyser.

McIntosh. Lovers of brunch are encouraged to stop in here for a bite on Sundays. tribeza.com

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GOODALL'S KITCHEN AND BAR

JUNIPER

LUCY’S FRIED CHICKEN

1900 Rio Grande St. | (512) 495 1800

2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. Ste. 304 | (512) 436 3291

5408 Burnet Rd. | (512) 514 0664

Housed in the beautiful Hotel Ella, Goodall’s provides

Uchi alum Nicholas Yanes cooks up Northern Italian fare

2218 College Ave. | (512) 297 2423

modern spins on American classics. Dig into a fried

on the East side. Juniper’s minimalistic menu reinvents

2900 Ranch Rd 620 N. | (512) 297 2771

mortadella egg sandwich and pair it a with cranberry

the Italian classics.

Straight-up Southern goodness, from moon pies to fried green tomatoes, and the house specialty: fried chicken.

thyme cocktail. LA CONDESA

Chef James Holmes does a fun take on our Southern

HILLSIDE FARMACY

400 W. 2nd St. | (512) 499 0300

favorites and serves them up with inventive cocktails, like

1209 E. 11th St. | (512) 628 0168

Delectable cocktails, tasty tacos and appetizers all

the peach cobbler martini.

Hillside Farmacy is located in a beautifully restored

inspired by the hip and bohemian Condesa neighborhood

1950s-style pharmacy with a lovely porch on the East

in Mexico City. The elevated Mexican experience includes

MANUEL’S

side. Oysters, cheese plates, and nightly dinner specials

a tequila and mezcal menu, so be sure to experiment!

310 Congress Ave. | (512) 472 7555 & 10201 Jollyville Rd. | (512) 345 1042

are whipped up by chef Sonya Cote. LAMBERTS DOWNTOWN BARBECUE

Definitely not your standard Tex-Mex, Manuel’s hits all

HOPFIELDS

401 W. 2nd St. | (512) 494 1500

the right notes for its upscale Mexican cuisine, cleanly

3110 Guadalupe St. | (512) 537 0467

Tucked away in the historic Schneider Brothers Building

presented in a chic setting. It boasts traditional Mexican

A gastropub with French inclinations, offering a beautiful

in the Second Street District, Lamberts doesn’t grill up

cuisine, so get out of your comfort zone and try one of

patio and unique cocktails. The beer, wine and cocktail

your typical barbecue fare. They offer an Austin twist,

their specialties.

options are plentiful and the perfect pairing for the

like the rib-eye glazed with brown sugar and mustard. MONGERS MARKET + KITCHEN

restaurant’s famed steak frites and moules frites. LAUNDERETTE

2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. | (512) 680 5045

JEFFREY’S

2115 Holly St. | (512) 382 1599

Chef Shane Stark brings a casual Texas Gulf Coast

1204 W. Lynn St. | (512) 477 5584

Culinary magicians and James Beard-nominated chefs

sensibility to East Austin by slinging fresh seafood in the

Named one of Bon Appetit’s “10 Best new Restaurants in

Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki surprise diners at this east

kitchen and at the counter.

America”, this Clarksville favorite has maintained the

side gem with menu items like crispy pork ribs and a

execution, top-notch service and luxurious but welcoming

birthday cake ice cream sandwich.

NIGHTCAP 1401 W 6th St | (512) 628 0144

atmosphere that makes Jeffrey’s an old Austin staple. L'ESTELLE HOUSE

A dessert-focused eatery that offers whimsical cocktails

JOSEPHINE HOUSE

88 Rainey St. | (512) 571 4588

and a menu of savory items, too. Stop by for their fried

1601 Waterston Ave. | (512) 477 5584

This cute walk-up kitchen and patio fuses traditional

chicken Wednesdays and order a rocky road to top it off.

Rustic, continental fare with an emphasis on fresh, local

French and Southern cuisine. Think late night Parisian-

and organic ingredients. Like its sister restaurant,

style burgers with frites or rosemary biscuits and gravy

OLAMAIE

Jeffrey’s, Josephine House is another one of Bon Appetit’s

for Sunday brunch.

1610 San Antonio St. | (512) 474 2796

“10 Best new Restaurants in America.” Find a shady spot

Food + Wine magazine’s best new chefs Grae Nonas and

on their patio and indulge in fresh baked pastries and a

MIchael Fojtasek create a menu that will leave any

coffee.

Southerner drooling with a dash of contemporary culinary concepts. Do yourself a favor and order the biscuits (they’re worth every delectable bite).

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OLIVE & JUNE

SECOND BAR + KITCHEN

VESPAIO

3411 Glenview Ave. | (512) 467 9898

200 Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2750

1610 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 441 6100

Celebrated Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel created this

Another venture from James Beard-nominated Chef

Vespaio stands as a South Congress veteran whose

southern Italian-style restaurant with a menu that

David Bull, Second offers a swanky bistro experience in

authentic menu continues to satisfy any Italian craving.

highlights local, seasonal ingredients with dishes like

the heart of the 2nd Street District.

Daily rotating menus offer the best of the season and the

saffron ricotta ravioli and pork meatballs.

fresh foods from Vespaio’s bountiful garden and local SOUTH CONGRESS CAFÉ

markets.

PARKSIDE

1600 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 447 3905

301 E. 6th St. | (512) 474 9898

A south Austin hotspot, we recommend South Congress

VINAIGRETTE

Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s f lagship restaurant, featuring a

Café’s legendary brunch. The carrot cake French toast

2201 College Avenue | (512) 852 8791

happy hour with half-price oysters and tasty cocktails, is

and their migas are to die for, and the Bloody Mary is one

Vinaigrette’s fresh and fun combinations make eating

a local favorite. Don’t overlook the dessert menu. Enjoy

of the best in town.

salad seem not like such a chore. Feeling a bit

their brioche beignet and chocolate mousse.

adventurous? Add a hibiscus-cured duck confit to your SWAY

salad for extra protein.

THE PEACHED TORTILLA

1417 S. 1st St. | (512) 326 1999

5520 Burnet Rd. Ste. 100 | (512) 330 4439

The culinary masterminds behind La Condesa cook up

VOX TABLE

After humble beginnings as a food truck, the popular

Thai cuisine with a modern twist. An intimate outdoor

1100 S. Lamar Blvd. # 2140 | (512) 375 4869

eatery now slings its globally-inspired menu at their brick

area, complete with a Thai spirit house, makes for an

Chef Joe Anguiano serves his twist on New American fare

and mortar restaurant in Allandale and through their

unforgettable experience.

in the Lamar Union community and pairs it with

full-service catering company. Bahn mi tacos, anyone?

innovative cocktails crafted by award-winning beverage THE CLAY PIT

director JR Mocanu. Named one of Texas Monthly’s “10

PERLA’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR

1601 Guadalupe St. | (512) 322 5131

Best New Restaurants for 2016,” Vox Table should find its

1400 S. Congress Ave. | (512) 291 7300

Zip in for a buffet-style lunch or settle in for a traditional

way onto your must-try places.

A South Congress staple, expect the freshest fish and

dinner of both classic and contemporary Indian cuisine.

oysters f lown in daily from both coasts, with simple yet

Stick to the basics like the chicken tikka masala and

WALTON’S FANCY AND STAPLE

elegant f lavors by Chef Larry McGuire.

experiment with their chai spice creme brulee.

609 W. 6th St. | (512) 542 3380

QUATTRO GATTI RISTORANTE

THE GROVE WINE BAR + KITCHEN

and grits — your perfect hangover remedy. Walton’s also

908 Congress Ave. | (512) 476 3131

6317 Bee Cave Rd. | (512) 327 8822

offers an array of delicious pastries and staple sandwiches

An underrated and delicious spot. This Italian restaurant

800 W. 6th St. | (512) 236 1440

for lunch. Be sure to pick up a fresh f lowers from their

dishes up delicious antipasti and huge portions of Italian

The Grove creates New American and Italian cuisine to

f loral shop on your way out!

fare; great date night spot.

complement its 250-bottle wine list.

This cute downtown café serves a mean morning shrimp

WU CHOW 500 W. 5th St. #168 | (512) 476 2469 From the curators of Swift’s Attic, Wu Chow is expanding Austin’s cuisine offerings with traditional Chinese dishes sourced from local purveyors and farmers. Don’t miss their weekend dim sum menu.

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"TO HAVE LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR 12 YEARS

had me wanting to be a part of these neighborly

and not truly know how many charming

families by the end of my visit with each one.

neighborhoods

see

Everyone was warm and inviting in their own

Austin in a whole new light. As a homeowner

way, opening my heart to new familial heights.

myself, I have always hoped to share a special

It was one of the best assignments I have ever

relationship with my neighbors. Seeing such

been asked to do. Being able to document

unique connections between so many different

my way through the neighborhoods and

types of people, young and old made me a bit

relationships of everyone at the end of the day

envious. The only-child syndrome within me

made me feel at home."

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