Museum Munchies

Prime restaurant space in the heart of Austin up for grabs

Prime restaurant space in the heart of Austin up for grabs

Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering
The 6,800-square-foot space was redesigned by Verokolt. Rendering courtesy of Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering
The restaurant team craft a diverse menu for visitors, staff, and large groups. Rendering courtesy of Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering
The restaurant will be open during normal museum hours and special events. Rendering courtesy of Bullock Texas State History Museum
Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering
Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering
Bullock Texas State History Museum cafe restaurant rendering

Austin restaurateurs take note: The Bullock Texas State History Museum is searching for a new operator of its in-house restaurant and cafe.

And it looks good. The 6,800-square-foot, move-in ready space was redesigned by Verokolt, the firm responsible for the signature look of Elm Restaurant Group's Easy Tiger, 24 Diner, and Irene's.

The central location — next to the University of Texas at Austin campus and near the Texas State Capitol — combined with 450,000 annual museum visitors means a built-in audience for the restaurant. The ideal culinary team will craft a diverse menu for visitors, staff, and large groups; the indoor-outdoor cafe boasts 150 seats and is open during museum hours (typically 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday, noon-5 pm on Sunday). 

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he commercial kitchen is equipped with walk-in freezer, ranges, fryers, and grills. Other perks of the space include no property taxes or water and electricity bills, and the museum will provide marketing and website support. The museum will take proposals from potential operators through September 23. 

This is just one major overhaul slated for the museum. The Bullock Museum Imax Theatre will be the first venue in Texas to get groundbreaking Imax with Laser projection technology, billed to change the way people experience movies. The theater is closed through early October for the upgrade.