New brewpub may be headed to prime location in downtown Austin

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New brewpub may be headed to prime location in downtown Austin

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Beer may be pouring next year at a planned brewery in the building where the Austin Visitor Center is located, a prime spot downtown.

You can’t get much more central than the proposed location of the bluntly named Central District Brewing, which is seeking to lease space from the Austin Convention Center and open next year. It’ll be the first Austin brewery to operate downtown in more than five years and will be in a prime spot to attract tourists as well as locals.

That’s at least what the brewpub’s owners, East Holly LLC, is hoping for. The company, “privately-held, member-managed, woman majority-owned,” according to city documents, is in the process of securing 3,580 sq. ft. of space at 417 Red River St., in the northwest corner of the Austin Convention Center Parking Garage just south of Fifth Street, but needs approval from the Austin City Council to officially rent it. 

The lease negotiation between East Holly and the Austin Convention Center is on the city council’s Aug. 3 agenda, and chances seem to be pretty good that the council members will approve it. When the space was opened up for leasing, according to a Community Impact story, Austin City Council made it clear “they wanted us to activate that area at night,” Lauraine Rizer, a real estate services officer for the city, said in the story.

As part of the lease agreement, the parking garage will also have 10 designated spots available to Central District Brewing, and the brewery owners will have the space for five years and the option to renew two more times, according to the city documents. The Austin Visitor Center is on the ground floor of the parking garage and draws in a number of tourists looking for places to go in our fair city.

There’s a website for Central District Brewing, but it’s a little sparse, you’ll notice, on information. 

This story has been updated to reflect that Central District Brewing is the first brewery to open downtown in over five years.

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