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Vince Young Steakhouse could be demolished to make room for two mixed-use towers downtown

(Vince Young Steakhouse/Twitter)

Two mixed-use towers could be coming near the convention center, a permit with the city of Austin shows.


The buildings would go up on a half-block at East Third Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, adding to the downtown tower boom that’s seen a slew of developments offering office, residential and retail space.

The project, which would occupy a 0.81-acre site, is known as Block 32 in the site plan filing.

The towers would go up on a site that currently has businesses like Vince Young Steakhouse, Thomas Printworks and The Sunset Room event space, which would face demolition if tower plans progress.

The building housing the steakhouse and printshop was built in 1912 during the industrial boom ushered in by Austin’s railroad system, according to The Austin Monitor. It was also the site where reality show, "The Real World: Austin" was filmed in 2005. Vince Young Steakhouse opened on the site in 2010.

In January, the Planning Commission rejected historic zoning for the warehouse that the steakhouse is at after Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission said it should be preserved because of its architectural merit, historic association and community value.

But the property owner had expressed hopes for demolishing the building to build a tower on the site; city council members weren’t certain that preserving the building would be a benefit for the city.

While the developer behind the buildings isn’t clear yet, the permit was filed by engineering and design consultancy Kimley-Horn.

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