Austin-based JuiceLand is working with local coffee provider Little City to open a drive-thru cafe at 5030 S. Mopac, Bldg.11, in South Austin. JuiceLand founder Matt Shook said the cafe, which is being built in the former Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the corner of MoPac and W. Hwy. 290, is scheduled to open by the end of October.
Shook said customers can expect a full JuiceLand menu—with options including smoothies, smoothie bowls, fresh juices and plant-based meals—as well as a Little City menu of espresso drinks, drip coffees and more.
“I used to go [to Little City] back in the '90s when they were downtown, and it was my favorite coffee shop,” Shook said. “JuiceLand has been using Little City cold brew on our menu for four years, but this is going to be the first place where you can get their espresso drinks.”
The Little City brand existed in Austin for 20 years prior to initially closing in 2011. The company was revived by Casa Brasil Coffees owner Joel Shuler soon after and has been offering fresh roasted coffee beans to local businesses since, according to the company. Little City currently operates at 415 E. St. Elmo Road, Austin.
Shook said he thinks Shuler is "second to none" when it comes to sourcing and roasting coffee beans.
The new combination cafe will be JuiceLand’s fourth drive-thru location, and Shook said the location’s outdoor area will be renovated. He hopes the cafe will be convenient for commuters looking for a cup to go as well as those looking for a place to hang out in the future.
“We’re definitely gonna utilize that outdoor area for a hangout or meeting space but put little JuiceLand touches on it to make it more of a shaded, fun area that's nice for families or people that just want to meet up there,” he said.
JuiceLand has more than 20 locations in the Austin area.
JuiceLand partnering with Little City coffee to open South Austin cafe
JuiceLand is partnering with Little City coffee to open a new cafe in South Austin in October. (Rendering courtesy JuiceLand)