The Long Play Lounge to pick up where Stay Gold left off and more business updates from East Austin

Photo of The Long Play Lounge sign
The Long Play Lounge will open a second location on East Cesar Chavez Street in February. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Long Play Lounge will open a second location on East Cesar Chavez Street in February. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)

February will bring several changes and groundbreakings to the East Austin business community, including one Austin bar taking over the space of another.

1. North Austin craft beer and cocktail spot The Long Play Lounge plans to open a second location on the premises of recently closed East Austin dive bar Stay Gold. According to a representative for The Long Play Lounge, the new 1910 E. Cesar Chavez St. location is tentatively set to open Feb. 15 and will remain under the same management as Stay Gold.

2. Malina Flowers plans to relocate to 3311 N. IH-35, Austin by Feb. 14. Originally located at 13625 Pond Springs Road, Ste. 102, the flower shop offers arrangements for weddings, events and holidays as well as flower-arranging workshops. 512-877-5353.

3. East Austin’s Mueller community has announced the development of a new office building to be built by Gemdale USA Corporation. The 130,000-square-foot, five-story project will mostly house medical offices. It will be located near Dell Children’s Medical Center and Ascension Seton’s administrative offices. A timeline for the development has not yet been announced.

4. Hot Luck Festival announced Jan. 12 that Southern Smoke Foundation will become its new charity beneficiary. The festival was co-founded by Aaron Franklin, pitmaster at Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th St., Austin. According to a news release, Franklin has long admired the charity work of his friend and Houston chef Chris Shepherd, whose Southern Smoke nonprofit has donated more than $4 million to 2,200 people in the culinary industry in need in 2020. Details for the 2021 Hot Luck Festival have yet to be announced.

5. Urban community developer StoryBuilt plans to begin development on a new residential project, known as George, in February. Located at 2211 E.M. Franklin Ave., Austin, George will include two 80-story townhomes and apartments, along with 36 single-family homes. 737-200-2523.
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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