Nickel City aims to bring a neighborhood bar feel back to East Austin

Nickel City Zane and Brandon Hunt from VIa 313 and Travis Tober will open Nickel City in the former Longbranch Inn this July.[/caption]

The brothers behind Via 313 pizza and a third partner hope to open a bar where everyone knows your name.

When Nickel City opens in the former Longbranch Inn at 1133 E. 11th St. this July, Operating Partner Travis Tober said it'll be a neighborhood bar.

"We want to be the every-man-and-woman bar in that neighborhood—the bar you stop at on your way home," he said.

Nickel City—the nickname of Tober's hometown of Buffalo, NY—will be East Austin's headquarters for whiskey, beer and mixed drinks, he said.

A food truck, called The Delray Cafe, will be posted up on the property, serving Detroit-style Coney dogs, sliders, crinkle-cut fries and wings. That will be run by Zane and Brandon Hunt, the brothers behind the Detroit-style pizza trailers and brick-and-mortar Via 313.

Nickel City2 Nickel City owners will keep the original Longbranch Inn Bar that dates back to 1905.[/caption]

Tober said he and the Hunt brothers kept the original bar—built for the Driskill Hotel in 1905—and extended it, keeping with the original look and feel. They also added booth seating, new skylights and a pop-up bar for guest bartenders.

Orders at the bar and food truck will also be priced reasonably. The goal, Tober said, is that "you can come in here, get a mug of beer, a shot of whiskey, a Coney dog and a side of fries for $10."

Eventually, Tober said he hopes to stock the bar with more than 300 whiskeys. He hopes to be open by July 11.

"We just want to make good drinks and feed the neighborhood," he said.
By Marie Albiges
Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


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