North by Northwest's Slaughter location closes this weekend
The second location of one of Austin's original brewpubs closes this weekend after nearby construction reportedly drove away business.
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery announced on Facebook this afternoon that the Slaughter Lane location's last day will be Feb. 2. NXNW owner Davis Tucker opened the South Austin brewpub a few years ago in the hopes of expanding the brand to new customers who might not drive north to the flagship location off North Capital of Texas Highway. The original location opened in the late 1990s. It will remain open.
But last summer, construction began that closed Slaughter Lane at the MoPac intersection, causing serious traffic snarls in the nearby Circle C neighborhood. The construction will ultimately open a much-needed overpass at the intersection. In the meantime, however, it's the reason for North by Northwest's impending shutter, according to the brewpub's Facebook post. It "created an ongoing issue that we have tried to work around," the post reads.
Last year, NXNW began canning its beers and distributing them to stores and restaurants, expanding more deeply into the ever-competitive local market. The Slaughter site hosted the canning line, while the Stonelake spot produced the bulk of the draft beer available at both places. Now, the Stonelake location will take up the canning, and customers there will be able to continue taking beer to go.
"Operating two locations in the Austin area has been a wonderful experience, and while we may be closing one, we look forward to our continued journey with the original NXNW brewery," according to the Facebook post.