IMPACT ROUNDUP: Galaxy Cafe comes to Northwest Austin

Galaxy Cafe co-owner Kelly Chappell said the new location features a galaxy theme. It is the first time the owners used the literal meaning of the restaurant's name in the theme. Galaxy Cafe co-owner Kelly Chappell said the new location features a galaxy theme. It is the first time the owners used the literal meaning of the restaurant's name in the theme.[/caption]

d'lites opened May 24, serving ice cream low in calories, fat and sugar and is also gluten-free. Customers may choose from a rotating selection of daily flavors, such as red velvet. d'lites opened May 24, serving ice cream low in calories, fat and sugar and is also gluten-free. Customers may choose from a rotating selection of daily flavors, such as red velvet.[/caption]

The owners of Galaxy Cafe admit they’re not trying to be a trendy restaurant hot spot. They’re sticking to what has been tried and true for the past 12 years: serving recognizable American food with a gourmet flair.

Galaxy Cafe will open its fourth and largest Austin location June 1 in Northwest Austin. The Northwest Hills area has been an interest of the restaurant’s owners for years, but it took time to find the right location at 8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. A100, said Kelly Chappell, who owns the restaurant along with Jay Bunda and Chris Courtney.

“The density is huge,” Chappell said. “We’re also a very family-oriented restaurant. We have vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, steaks, mac ‘n cheese, salads—anyone you’re with, we can feed them.”

The new location brings a few firsts for Galaxy Cafe, including pancakes on the brunch menu, an expanded wine menu, an espresso machine and local beers on tap, including Austin Beerworks, South Austin Brewery, (512) Brewery Company, Independence Brewing Co. and Live Oak Brewing Company.

“This neighborhood doesn’t have a coffee shop or a place to drink a beer or a glass of wine,” Chappell said, adding DoubleDave’s Pizzaworks, which opened in April across the street, is an exception.

Chappell said the owners are also working to add outdoor seating and more appetizers for happy hour. Happy hour specials include $4 glasses of wine and $3 pints of beer. He said they’ll make changes as necessary to tailor the location to the community’s needs.

“We will evolve with the community,” he said.

The new location has a lounge where customers can plug in laptops, and it will also serve as a space for private events. The cafe will be open daily from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and offer brunch and mimosas on the weekends until 4 p.m. For more information visit

Other Impacts

NOW OPEN—Scott Ritchie and Gena Meyer opened ATX Cell Repair on May 18 in the same shopping center as Galaxy Cafe at 8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. B-205. Services include cellphone and tablet repair, data recovery and phone unlocking as well as buying and selling used phones. Ritchie has worked in the industry since 2002. 512-640-5959.

NOW OPEN— Alicia Ringuet and Doug French opened d’lites on May 24, serving ice cream that is low in calories, carbs, sugar and fat and is also gluten-free. The shop, located at 8127 Mesa Drive, Ste. 204B, also has custom shakes, toppings and a selection of specialty chocolate bars. French said about 40 percent of sales will come from take-home containers available in 8, 16 and 32 ounces. D’lites will have a daily selection of rotating flavors. 512.640.4369.

COMING SOON— Reena Kaven will open Studio Mantra in June, offering yoga, Pilates, barre and bodywork classes in group or private sessions. Bodywork classes will feature therapeutic massage geared toward yogis, cyclists, runners, and tennis players. Studio Mantra will be located at 8127 Mesa Drive in the same center as Galaxy Cafe. 512-960- 4660.
By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and later senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels.


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