Downtown Austin news: Mashama Bailey and Johno Morisano bring The Grey to Austin, new comedy club opening in former Barracuda space and more

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Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey is bringing two new restaurants to Austin. (Courtesy Chia Chong)

Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey is bringing two new restaurants to Austin. (Courtesy Chia Chong)

1. The Creek and the Cave, a comedy club that recently closed its doors in New York City, will be moving to Austin and reopening April 1. The club will be opening at 611 E. Seventh St., Austin, in the space that formerly housed Barracuda, one of several music venues in the Red River Street area that closed during the pandemic.

2. The Grey Diner Bar and The Grey Market will open this summer at the forthcoming Thompson Hotel, 506 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. Mashama Bailey, a 2019 James Beard Award winner, and Johno Morisano opened The Grey in 2014 in a formerly segregated Greyhound bus terminal. The diner bar will be an all-day, full-service restaurant in the hotel lobby, while the market will focus on counter service with grab-and-go items. Both will be located on the ground floor of the hotel, which is also slated to open this summer.

3. Moxy Austin-University opened its new 162-room hotel Jan. 13 on The Drag at 2552 Guadalupe St., Austin. The hotel owned by White Lodging is the first location in Texas for Marriott International's Moxy Hotels brand, which operates 26 hotels in the United States and 71 abroad. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor bar and includes a 24-hour taco counter, Zombie Taco, on the first level. 737-471-2621.

4. Spread & Co. opened a new location at the Contemporary Austin's Laguna Gloria campus, 3809 W. 35th St., Austin, on Feb. 2. This is the second location for the restaurant from Rosemary and Austin Ewald, which first opened on West 38th Street in 2019. The Laguna Gloria café is open for breakfast and lunch with a menu focused on cheese and house-made bread. 737-757-4367.

Editor's Note: The headline of this article has been updated to clarify that The Grey managing partner Johno Moirsano will be part of the restaurant's expansion to Austin.
By Olivia Aldridge

Reporter, Central Austin

Olivia joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2019. She covers public health, business, development and Travis County government. A graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina, Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times.


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