What a buzz kill: The Buzz Mill's outpost off South Congress Avenue is no longer opening. The bar's second 24-hour location, located at 111 Pickle Rd., was originally slated to open in February.
"Unfortunately we are no longer moving forward with the Pickle project. There was some red tape with the city due to the actions of the landlord. We were not comfortable moving forward with our brand in such a tumultuous relationship filled with misleading expectations, unfulfilled commitments, and overall a lack of respect within the tenant/landlord spectrum," owner Jason Sabala tells CultureMap.
The 15,000-square-foot space shared a 2-acre lot with Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery and Crux Climbing Center. The "homestead" was supposed to include a larger stage, an onsite garden, and a frontier-themed food truck, in addition to more seating, coffee options, and craft beer.
Pickle Road may be a setback, but that hasn't deterred the Grizzly Discovery crew, which owns the Buzz Mill as well as Bootleg Supply Co., 1776 Cheesesteak Co., and the new Grizzly Hall. San Marcos will welcome its own Buzz Mill within the next two weeks, and a second spot could still be coming to South Austin.
"We are scouting locations south still and expect to break ground sometime next summer," says Sabala.