Taking over the Chicon restaurant space in East Austin is Last Straw, a cocktail-focused bar and restaurant.

Ricardo Brazziell

The building that formerly housed Chicon on East Sixth Street won’t be vacant for long. Taking over is Last Straw, a vacation-inspired bar and restaurant with both original and classic cocktails and a food menu full of dishes we crave late at night.

Last Straw, slated to open in late summer this year, is partly the vision of managing partner JR Mocanu, previously the bar manager of neighborhood bar Nickel City and the shuttered South Lamar restaurant Vox Table. He is partnering with Will Bryant and Cody Haltom, who are artists and designers, to bring the colorful bar to life. 

While Mocanu is in charge of the beverage program, Bryant and Haltom have taken on the design of the 3,600 sq. ft. space, according to a press release. The duo is relying on bright colors and layered patterns — as well as a wacky range of influences like John Candy and the corny attire of dads on vacation — to achieve a tropical aesthetic.

Expect the drinks to complement the look of the vacation-minded bar. Last Straw will have beer, wine and cocktails, including boilermakers and original creations like the the frozen "C.R.E.A.M." with Monkey Shoulder Scotch whisky, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, pecan, pistachio, espresso and ice cream.

The food program is "inspired by late night eats that complement imbibing — everything from fried rice and dumplings, to nachos and hamburgers," according to the press release. And it’ll be pretty affordable, with most dishes under $10, so you can splurge on the cocktails. Last Straw’s kitchen will stay open every night until 2 a.m.

Last Straw will be located at 1914 E. Sixth St., where Chicon, the casual sister restaurant of ranch-inspired Contigo, closed last month after a little more than two years in business. There isn’t much on it now, but keep an eye on the bar and restaurant's website in the event it’s updated with more information. 

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