With more than 12,000 people living in downtown Austin, it’s somewhat of a surprise that there aren’t more grocery options.
Whole Foods Market is way over on the western edge of downtown, and it’s not an easy walk from a condo, say, on Rainey Street. H-E-B has locations on East Seventh and South Congress and there’s a Randalls on Lake Austin Boulevard, and those are the stores where you’ll find delivery drivers and shoppers fulfilling online orders for downtown denizens who don’t have a car or who don’t want to get out.
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On the other hand, Austinites who live downtown have Royal Blue Grocery, which calls itself a “compact urban grocery store” with six locations within just a few blocks of each other, and though it’s not the kind of store where you could buy all your groceries, it’s a good option to have for last-minute stuff.
One of those locations, the one at 241 W. 3rd Street, has just finished a major overhaul and expansion that doubles the square footage from 1,000 to 2,235.
This Royal Blue space will host a grand opening from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday with lots of samples. All the Royal Blue stores are open from 7 a.m. to midnight.
The new store will feature outdoor patio seating; a full espresso bar; beer and wine; hot food; a mix of new and local vendors like Eastside Pies by the slice, Stumptown Coffee and Tacodeli Tacos.