Austin mourned the loss of Capital City Comedy Club back in September, when it closed its doors after 35 years of laughs. Despite the pandemic, the new year has brought new opportunities for the comedy club, which announced it would reopen its doors come fall.
The club announced via Twitter on Wednesday that it would set up a new shop at the Domain in North Austin, just three miles away from the original location
We're excited to announce that @CapCityComedy will be re-opening its doors this Fall!
We will continue our tradition of booking national acts, Austin-based comedians & cutting-edge up + comers, now in a new location at The Domain
Check back for more details & announcements pic.twitter.com/Iv66oEpldq
— Cap City Comedy Club (@CapCityComedy) February 11, 2021
Brothers and owners of Helium Comedy Club, a chain of comedy clubs on the East Coast and Midwest, Brad and Marc Grossman said they were saddened to see Austin lose a staple landmark like Cap City Comedy, so they decided to do something about it.
"Cap City is one of the best comedy clubs in the country with an amazing reputation," Marc Grossman said in a press release. "We're fortunate to have had a relationship with them for a long time. When Brad and I heard the club was closing and how upset the community was, we knew that we wanted to change that. I'm just glad that the opportunity presented itself."
The new iteration of the club will have two showrooms, one dedicated to headlining acts and a smaller showroom dedicated to local comedy, in addition to a full selection of food and drinks.
Cap City Comedy owners said the club will continue to book national acts, like Maragaret Cho and Dave Attell, Austin-based comedians, including "The Funniest Person in Austin" titleholder Andrew Murphy, and give comedy newcomers a platform at open mic nights every Sunday.
As Cap City Comedy gets off the ground, the club plans to host new events like "The Sideshow" podcast. Like normal, Cap City Comedy will continue to sponsor Austin's annual Moontower Comedy Festival.
Colleen McGarr, one of the original owners of the club, said she is ready to start this new chapter with the Grossman brothers.
"We could not be more thrilled that Cap City will be back as the center of the Austin comedy scene," McGarr said in the release.The first show is set for October of 2021. Click here to find more information.
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The Texas French Bread Bakery, located on 2900 Rio Grande Street, has been completely destroyed after a fire erupted on Monday night.
The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire just before 11 p.m., where they arrived to see flames coming from the roof of the bakery. Firefighters fought the fire for about an hour before the roof collapsed.
While no one was injured in the fire, firefighters say the historic building was completely totaled.
Texas French Bread just went up in flames pic.twitter.com/agXqKN3c00
— Jordan (@AimIessFriend) January 25, 2022
AFD determined that the fire was accidental and caused by mechanical failure. AFD said the damages amounted to $1.6 million total: $1.1 million in structural damage and $500,000 in damage to the contents of the bakery.
This year, Texas French Bread will celebrate 40 years of business. Before the bakery occupied the building, it was the Rome Inn, a music venue that hosted 1970s artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Austin's first major league team is ready to extend its reach with a new collaborative sports complex The Pitch, an Austin FC destination packed with local food, beverages and Verde fervor is set to open in Northeast Austin in February.
The Pitch, a collaboration between Austin FC and Karlin Real Estate, among other entities, will be located in the 50-acre Parmer Pond District, which already hosts the club's practice facility St. David's Performance Center.
Dubbed a "true destination" for both soccer fans and the community, The Pitch will consist of multilevel shipping containers designed by Mark Odom Studio that will carve out into a 1,200-seat stadium complete with a soccer pitch made of turf, food and beverage options and a five-acre "Parmer Pond" featuring jogging trails.
Made from multilevel shipping containers, The Pitch will include food and a 1,200-seat soccer pitch made from artificial turf. (The Pitch)
“The launch of Karlin’s new food and entertainment experience will greatly enhance the Parmer development while perfectly complimenting St. David’s Performance Center,” Austin FC founder Anthony Precourt said. "The Pitch... will offer a strong variety of food options and gathering spaces for guests who will utilize St. David’s Performance Center and Parmer Field for a variety of events.”
The Pitch project lead Dave Greeley, who helped come up with the concept, is a former president of Austin FC parent company, Two Oak Ventures.
“The vision behind The Pitch at the Parmer Pond District is to be a first-of-its-kind sports, dining and entertainment destination,” said Dave Greeley, The Pitch project lead and Team Orbis president. “This will be an unmatched experience for Parmer Austin tenants, Austin FC and club supporters, and the community."
With its proximity to the practice center, the venture hopes to contribute to the growing "soccer city" of Austin during Austin FC matches and youth games with the Austin FC Academy hosted at the St. David's Performance Center.
The Pitch hopes to converge both community and club interests with Austin FC. (The Pitch)
In addition to the soccer pitch, stadium and pond, The Pitch will provide a foody experience made by the creative team behind Austin staples like Fareground and Easy Tiger. The complex will offer local bites including:
- Ranger Burger, which offers beers and burgers made from highly-coveted Wagyu beef direct from Ranger Cattle in East Austin
- Ga Roti, which merges flavors from Northern Vietnam with the culinary techniques of France to create a unique rotisserie chicken joint
- Taco Flats, a local taco chain serving Mexico City-style tacos, micheladas and more
- Sand Bar, which fulfills its namesake with beauty cocktails, local beers and a sand volleyball court
- Coffee Club, a coffee shop and bakery
- Corner Kick Bar, the soccer-focused main bar of The Pitch complete with "tunes, TVs and (a) beer garden"
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