North Austin cafe Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits expands with kitchen space

Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits
Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits is expanding into the former Gringa's Tacos building next to its cafe, according to owner Mark Harris. (Courtesy Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits)

Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits is expanding into the former Gringa's Tacos building next to its cafe, according to owner Mark Harris. (Courtesy Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits)

Nearly a full year after Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits temporarily closed one day after it opened due to the coronavirus pandemic, the North Austin watering hole has announced it is expanding its operation.

The cafe is taking over the building next door to its location at 10025 Burnet Road, Austin, and will turn the former Gringa’s Tacos space into a full kitchen to serve customers, Turnstile owner Mark Harris told Community Impact Newspaper in an email.

The expansion into the kitchen next door will add 1,200 square feet of outdoor dining spread across six tables. Harris said dine-in tables will not be added to the building, but customers can use the new building’s drive-thru and walk-up windows. Dine-in services will continue to be offered in Turnstile’s original bar next door.

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Turnstile’s new kitchen will serve breakfast sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients such as goat cheese and arugula, Harris said. Incoming chef Chris Howard will further bolster Turnstile’s menu with gourmet burgers, vegetarian dishes, salads and bar snacks.

Harris said he expects renovations on the new building will finish in about two weeks. Both of the buildings will operate under the Turnstile name.

Turnstile Coffee, Beer and Spirits

10025 Burnet Road, Austin

512-373-3273 |
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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