Boiler Nine Bar + Grill restaurant recently opened in the Seaholm Power Plant location on Cesar Chavez in downtown Austin.

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ďThis doesnít look like Austin.Ē

ďThis doesnít feel like Austin.Ē

Or, worse: ďThis looks like Dallas.Ē

Youíll hear some variation of that lament as you traverse parts of recently sprouted or newly polished Austin.

Itís too sparkling. Itís too slick. Itís too Ö new.

We like things a little more lived-in around here. Places with character. It doesnít have to be old, but it helps if it can pass for having been around since before the 21st century. Sometimes just a reincarnation of an old spirit in a new body will do.

At least, thatís how a certain strain of Austinites feel. Many recent transplants, younger consumers and trend-chasers are drawn to the glossy, antiseptic familiarity of mixed-use developments found in every major city in America today. Servicing such disparate masters can be a real challenge.

Welcome to the world of being a restaurant operator today in Austin. The problem is highlighted by the wealth of first-generation restaurant spaces in town. How can you make a new space feel like it has earned history? And how can someone whoís been around awhile avoid the label of newcomer?

The sleek, industrial Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, named after its location in the former Seaholm Power Plantís ninth boiler room, sits at the crux of Austinís old-new conundrum. One of Austinís newest restaurants (it opened this summer), it is located in one of the older buildings in Austin to house a restaurant. The restaurant is centered on the warming cuisine fueled by live-fire cooking, though the space looks like it just got removed from its plastic wrapping. And the team behind it isnít new, but their context has changed.

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