The neighborhoods surrounding the bustling corridors of RM 620 and RR 2222 in Northwest Austin will one day have a new place nearby where they can grab a top-quality craft beer: the Oz. Tap House.
Oz. (pronounced ‘ounce’) is the vision of Sean and Krista Kanter, a couple with longtime experience in the restaurant industry. They are seeking to open a beer-focused, family-friendly bar concept in their neighborhood of River Place, off 2222, and have launched a NextSeed campaign in the hopes of crowdfunding crucial investment capital.
"With the outdoor games and live entertainment that we plan on offering, this will be a destination for anyone looking to enjoy a fun beer tasting experience," Sean Kanter, who will act as manager for Oz., said in a news release.
Oz. plans to operate with a cutting-edge premise: Customers will use an RFID card to receive one of the 40 beers and wines on tap — in a self-serve manner. They’ll be able to choose the amount of ounces, anywhere from 1 to 16 oz., they want in each pour, thanks to the bar’s installation of Table Tap technology that allows for self-service beverage dispensing. (Because of Texas law, servers will still be on hand to assist.)
Once you’ve got your beer, you’ll then head to a self-serve kiosk or food ordering station, according to the release, where you can order "local farm to market eats" like burgers, salads and charcuterie boards.
The tap house and beer garden will be located within the Shops at River Place retail center, in the building that formerly housed Salsas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina. The NextSeed campaign hopes to raise the money that will be used for the build-out, "primarily removing and adding a small handful of walls, redesigning the restrooms, main inside space and kitchen, and patio clean up," according to the campaign.
So far, $15,500 has been invested; the Kanters need a minimum of $150,000. Crowdfunding websites like NextSeed have helped other local businesses, like Hops & Grain, to develop and expand since 2016, when a new federal law took effect allowing ordinary people to invest in such campaigns. (Previously, only those with a net worth of $1 million or an annual income of $200,000 could make such an investment.)
The Oz. Tap House crowdfunding campaign requires a minimum of $100 to invest, and the people who do can receive perks such as gift cards and invitations to the launch party, in addition to seeing returns on their investment.
For more information, visit nextseed.com/offerings/oz-tap-house.
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