After an absence of more than a year from Austin, legendary music venue Antone’s will resurface this summer at 305 E. Fifth St. in the two-story Maxey Glass Company building, according to a press release from local publicity firm Giant Noise.
With 5,800 square feet on each floor, the venue will include the club, a gift shop and retail space downstairs, with an additional event space upstairs as well as a green room for artists and offices for staff. The club’s capacity is expected to be in the 350-400 range, a Giant Noise representative confirmed.
The site, immediately east of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood restaurant, is within three blocks of the original Antone’s location on Sixth Street opened by the late Clifford Antone in the 1970s.
“I am very happy that Antone’s will open this year,” says Susan Antone, Clifford’s sister and a principal owner/investor along with Austin musician Gary Clark, Will Bridges, Alex Shoghi and Spencer Wells, an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. “It’s in the neighborhood where Clifford opened the original Antone’s. He would love this place.”
An opening date has yet to be confirmed. Those interested in following progress toward reopening can follow the club’s formal announcements on Facebook at facebook.com/antonesnightclub and on Twitter @AntonesNightclb.
“I couldn’t be more excited with Antone’s moving back into central downtown, which is the heart of our live music district here in Austin,” said Clark, who played some of his early gigs at the club’s long-running location on West Fifth Street. “We look forward to an amazing inaugural year at the club.”
The press release further notes that “Meredith Sanger and the Downtown Austin Alliance helped the Antone’s team secure the location, while Nate Nickerson with Primus Real Estate Services brokered the lease. Tim Finley of the Finley Company owns the building. The Antone’s architects are Randall Owen and Charlie Melanson of hatch + ulland owen architects, and the builder is Rick McMinn of Image General Contracting. Neon artist Evan Voyles, who also previously worked with Clifford Antone, is recreating the classic Antone’s sign and marquee for the building’s façade.”
“We are excited to be working with Will Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Susan Antone and their team to bring Antone’s back to downtown Austin, within three blocks of where the Antone’s legend began,” building owner Finley said. “I saw Sunnyland Slim at Antone’s on East Sixth in the 1970s, which was an unforgettable experience; we are looking forward to future decades of Antone’s live music at East Fifth Street.”
Antone’s first moved from its original Sixth Street home to a North Austin location before settling for more than a decade on Guadalupe Street just north of the University of Texas campus. At that location, Antone’s became world-renowned as “the home of the blues.” A move to West Fifth and Lavaca streets in 1997 resulted in another long tenure during which the club began presenting a much broader variety of genres beyond the blues.
A move to East Riverside in 2013 ended up lasting for less than a year. Antone’s has been absent from Austin since late 2013 as the owners and investors worked on plans for a new location.