Summer Moon Coffee Bar to open in West Lake Hills in 2018


Updated Aug. 3 at 6:00 p.m. to include statements made by Summer Moon Coffee Bar co-owner Bruce Karnes.

Posted Aug. 3 at 4:37 p.m.

Summer Moon Coffee Bar will replace Trianon-The Coffee Place at the West Woods shopping center in early 2018, property management company First Washington Realty Inc. confirmed in a news release Thursday.

“We are thrilled that Summer Moon Coffee Bar will continue the great tradition that Trianon began in 1985—providing artisan coffee and a local gathering place for the residents of Westlake,” Wright Sigmund, First Washington Realty Inc.’s vice president, said in the release. “We would like to thank Trianon Coffee for [its]long service and dedication to the neighborhood. We strive to partner with dynamic tenants like Summer Moon Coffee Bar who can bring authentic offerings to our shopping center and engender a sense of place for the community.”

Trianon co-owner Michael Sexton told Community Impact Newspaper Wednesday the cafe was not offered an opportunity to renew its lease at 3201 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 163, West Lake Hills, and will be closing its doors in December after 30 years of business.

Summer Moon co-owner Bruce Karnes said a First Washington representative approached his company earlier this year and asked if Summer Moon would be interested in occupying the space since First Washington intended not to renew the Trianon lease when it expires at the end of the year.

Summer Moon plans to open in late-February or early-March, after the company remodels the Trianon space, he said.

“We don’t have any [coffee bars]on that side of town,” Karnes said. “We had people asking us if we were going into West Lake Hills.”

Summer Moon Coffee Bar announced July 11 that the company would open a location in the Trails at 620, 8300 N. FM 620, Ste. 300G, Austin, in the Four Points area by December.  The coffee bar opened a new site in Kyle today.

Leslee Bassman contributed to this story.

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  1. This is a press release by the leasing company that pulled the rug out from under Trianon. Whether or not summer moon is complicit in this is questionable. The management company of the West Woods Plaza does not care about Westlake residence or the patrons of that Plaza. They only care about their bottom line. No second rate concept can replace Trianon, a Westlake institution

  2. Sincerely hope that Trianon finds a new (better) home close by, as I’m sure that ALL of Trianon’s coffee drinking customers will follow Trianon wherever they go. I doubt many of us will ever patronize summer moon. Although it is ultimately the building owner’s decision, I’m not impressed that the company is “excited” about taking that space knowing that Trianon is being forced out after 30 years.

  3. Cathy Lott Durr

    Summer Moon CAN NEVER replace Trianon. It WILL NOT be continuing the great tradition that Trianon began. Global Retail Investors and the property manager, First Washington Realty, are destroying this tradition. They should be ashamed of the way they are disrupting lives. I have lived in this neighborhood for 37 years and have been enjoying Trianon’s wonderful coffee for about 30 years. The new owner of the shopping center and the property manager are forcing out small businesses. We lost the great alteration shop and now the great coffee place, Trianon.

Nicholas Cicale
Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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