The former Strange Brew coffee shop and its adjacent Lounge Side live music room have been dormant on Manchaca Road in South Austin since the business shuttered amid financial problems in January. But yesterday, Hyde Park coffee shop and bakery Quack’s announced they’re taking over the spot this summer, apparently with a music venue as part of the plan.
“We just signed the lease for our second location to be open this summer,” Quack’s posted to its Facebook page on Monday. In addition to Captain Quackenbush’s Coffeehouse & Bakery — harkening back to the long name used for the original location on the Drag in the 1980s — the site “will also proudly present The Austin Soundroom at 5330 Manchaca Road,” the Facebook post added.
Strange Brew opened in 2010 and added a live music room in 2012. The business filed for bankruptcy in 2016, then abruptly closed in mid-January. It had become an important cog in the local music scene, winning several Austin Music Industry Awards categories in recent years. Many of its residency gigs have since relocated to other Austin venues including El Mercado Backstage, One-2-One Bar and Cactus Cafe.
The specified Austin Soundroom address of 5330 Manchaca Road was actually the previous home of Tobaccoville, a smoke shop next to Strange Brew’s coffee and music rooms that Strange Brew ownership had taken over as part of expansion plans that never panned out. The inclusion of that address, in addition to the 5326 Manchaca Road address given for the new coffee shop, suggests Quack’s will expand or change the footprint of the previous Strange Brew music room.