After just one year in business, East Austin's Burn Pizza + Bar shuttered in early December to make way for Collide ATX, a new concept billed as an "eatery, drinking den, creative arts space, and exclusive performance venue." Collide ATX now has an opening date, February 1, and more details.
The unique collaboration between local hospitality company Dunlap ATX, which operated the now closed Burn, and Collide, a creative agency, will play host to guest chefs, art exhibitions, panel discussions, and live music events. Evenings will be packed with food and fun, and a free workspace will be available for Austin's creative community during the day.
Every 60 days, a new chef will take over the space. The first culinary crew comprises Patrick Armstrong and Clayton Young of Boca, the Spanish-inspired food truck in Austin. Their unique menu, available through March 31, will feature pulled pork tacos, patatas bravas, and garbanzo bean nachos, as well as a Sunday brunch. Upcoming chefs will travel from Chicago, New Orleans, and Mexico City, says a release.
“We are thrilled to have Patrick and Clayton of local food truck Boca as our first guests," says co-founder Alan Miller in a statement. "Part of our mission with the space is to create an incubator for local talent and showcase their skills on a national level."
In addition to food, the space will showcase opening art installations from Mollie Tuggle and Will Johnson. And weekly programming highlights include discussions with artists, as well as an entrepreneurial series featuring Bridget Dunlap of Dunlap ATX.
“I’m ready to get the damn doors open,” says Dunlap, who recently opened sports bar Trackside in the troubled Mettle space in East Austin. Her company also operates Lustre Pearl, Lustre Pearl East, Clive Bar, Container Bar, Bar 96, and Parlor & Yard.