Kick Butt Coffee is located at 5775 Airport Blvd., Austin. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
Coffee, kung fu and punk music—it's a combination you'll only find at the longtime Austin fixture Kick Butt Coffee.
Located in a small strip mall at 5775 Airport Blvd., Ste. 725, Austin, Kick Butt sits right next door to its namesake, the martial arts studio Master Gohring's Tai Chi & Kung Fu. The owner, Thomas Gohring, carried the martial arts theme over to the coffee shop in 2008 when he decided on a whim to start a new business on top of his successful studio.
Now, the coffee shop and the dojo are so entwined that kung fu students actually head to class through the doors of Kick Butt Coffee, finding the entrance to class at the back of the coffee shop.
With 14 years of business under its belt, Kick Butt Coffee also serves as a popular venue for punk and metal acts.
On the Sept. 16 episode of the Austin Breakdown podcast, Gohring shares the story of his journey running two symbiotic local businesses that keep the spirit of "Old Austin" alive.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.